Minnesota Vikings' Sam Bradford aggravates knee injury before first-half exit


Monday was more of the same, only with a happy ending. In the end, Chicago had eight accepted penalties against it, accounting for 55 total yards and hurting them numerous times throughout the game.

The Bears trailed 3-2 at halftime before the Vikings jumped out to a double digit lead in the third.

The loss dropped the Bears to 1-4 on the season. "We had plenty of chances to win it early on". Keenum was able to change the offense's fortunes in the second half.

Keenum was thrust into action late in the first half when Bradford was forced out due to injury. Probably. After the game Zimmer said Bradford aggravated the knee during the contest.

Bradford looked like a shell of his stellar self.

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Minnesota grabbed a 3-2 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Forbath with 1:02 remaining in the first half.

The kid was feeling it, and he was in the position every quarterback could dream of in his first National Football League start: down three with the ball, 90 yards to go, 2:32 on the clock, home crowd ready to annoint their new savior. He was replaced by Case Keenum, who started Weeks 2 through 4.

The Vikings have three big games coming up against the Packers, Ravens and Browns before their bye week. He had no business taking the field Monday night, and the Vikings should be ashamed for how they let this play out.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) warms up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. He's the quarterback and now the leader of the offense, at least until Bradford gets healthy (if he ever does) or Bridgewater proves he can play again.

Sam Bradford had a bad night. But he is a liability if he has zero mobility. Now the Vikings will look to former Raiders back, Latavius Murray to carry the majority of the workload against a Bears defense that has only allowed an average of 85 rushing yards per game this season.

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The Vikings got back on the winning track and found their first NFC North win of the season on Monday night, defeating the Chicago Bears 20-17 thanks to a big turnover by the defense and a field goal on the ensuing drive late in the game. He felt good about it, medical people felt good about it, everybody.

In the second quarter, left tackle Charles Leno did not touch Vikings' defensive end Everson Griffen, who strip-sacked Trubisky at the Chicago Bears 13-yard line.

The didn't cross into Bears territory until there were less than 5 minutes before half, and another Floyd sack knocked them back.

The Bears' special teams units also performed well, but perhaps no play was better than a handsome fake punt in the third quarter to tie the score at 10-10. Chicago didn't score an offensive point until 12:24 to play in the game, and that was on a fluke play when Andrew Sendejo tipped a Mitchell Trubisky pass in the end zone and it landed right in tight end Zach Miller's arms for the score. It was on display when he was baited by Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith into an interception.

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