S2:W1 - Bears @ Vikings

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  1. JSimms

    JSimms TLY Season 1 Champs!

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    Vikings Make Statement in Opener; Start Title Defense with Big Win vs Bears
    Vikings 38
    Bears 3
    Minneapolis, MN - The Vikings wanted to get their title defense started off on the right foot, and that they did versus divisional rival Chicago in Week 1 of this 2013 TLY Season.​
    The Bears would go three and out on their first drive, and Adrian Peterson would take handoffs on the next 6 plays, the last of which ended up in the end zone from 9 yards out giving the Vikes the early 7-0 lead. On the Bears next drive, LB Chad Greenway would intercept a Cutler pass intended for newly-acquired TE Dustin Keller. However, the Bears D would stand tall in the red zone and on 3rd down QB Ponder forced a corner pass to TE Kyle Rudolph that was picked off, giving the ball back to the Bears. The Bears would not be able to convert the turnover to points, and would give the ball back to the Vikings. A mythodical drive was capped off by a 2nd AP TD from 2 yards out, putting them up 14-0. The Bears would finally get something going on their next drive, but would end up settling for a FG from 29 yards out with just 53 seconds left in the half. Ponder, who was extremely sharp on the day minus the one red zone INT, would march the Vikings back down the field in less than 40 seconds to allow Blair Walsh to hit a 41-yd FG to end the half. Score: 17-3 in favor of the Vikings.​
    The second half was all Minnesota. The offense would put together several long, mythodical drives (the first one of the half consuming close to 8 minutes!) The Bears could never really get anything going on offense, and eventually got sloppy with the ball as Chris Cook picked up a Michael Bush fumble on 4th & 1 (after he had picked up the first down) and took it 52 yards to paydirt. The Viking D was swarming, and accumulated 10 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. Final score: 38-3.​
    Players of Game:​
    Vikings:​
    QB Christian Ponder - 18 of 21, 226 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT​
    RB AP - 20 carries, 78 yds, 3 TD; 2 catches, 15 yds​
    WR Percy Harvin - 4 catches, 89 yds, 1 TD​
    Bears:​
    MLB Brian Urlacher - 7 tackes, 2 TFL, 1 FF​
    RB Matt Forte - 17 carries, 44 yds; 1 catch, 5 yds​

     
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  2. thecajunnacho78

    thecajunnacho78 Walk On

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    Bears flop in opening game. Many questions to be answered.

    Its opening week here in TLY, and the Bears had high hopes in their hearts for this season to come. To put it simply, their are starting off on the wrong foot.

    Even the very first drive of the season started off horribly for the Bears, as newly aquired TE Dustin Keller fumbled the ball after making a catch for a first down, giving the ball to the Vikings in very favorable field position. And it was all down hill from there.

    The Bears could never establish the run game, and QB Jay Cutler couldnt hit a wide open reciever if somebody had a gun to his head. "We were off. It felt like we never left the Preseason game against the Saints. We got to get that all behind us if we want to win any games this year," responded the aggrivated QB Cutler. To his defense though, he did only throw one INT the entire game, but it was a costly one.

    The defense, at times looked great, but mostly looked exhausted and completly out of the game mentally. "It was embarrsing," was all Defensive Coordinator, Beau Smith, had to say after the game.

    It gets no easier for the Bears as next week they play against the Green Bay Packers.

    GG Jsimms
     
  3. Randiesel75

    Randiesel75 Walk On

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    Wow, tough game. Rough schedule to open the season for the Bears.
     

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