It’s always a good thing when the Bears beat the Vikings. Growing up in the 70’s, it was the Vikings more than the Packers who pounded the Bears, so I take a special satisfaction when the Bears return the favor. Last night’s victory was about as complete a Bears’ victory as I’ve seen this year. The pounding began when the Bears jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter. The Bears opened the scoring when Cutler lobbed a beautiful 48 yard TD pass to WR Devin Hester early in the quarter. Five minutes later, rookie DT Stephen Paea sacked Donovan McNabb for a safety after the Bears pinned them down deep in their own territory. Shortly after that, RB Marion Barber scored his second rushing TD of the season when he scampered 3 yards through a hole big enough to drive a truck through.
The Vikings got on the board early in the second quarter on a Ryan Longwell 37 yard FG, but about 2/3 through the quarter the Bears scored again after Jay Cutler threaded the needle on a pass to rookie WR Dane Sanzenbacher from 13 yards out to increase the lead to 23-3. The Vikings then did something near the end of the half that I can only describe as “Bear-like” in its ineptitude. Down 23-3 on a 4th and 3, the Vikings line up for a FG, but call a time out (this was after the two minute warning). They then bring the offense out to go for it only to have that fall apart after a false start penalty. After the 5 yard penalty, the normally dependable Longwell missed the ensuing 38 yard FG. Even the announcers were stunned at the decision making of the Viking coaches. The only theory that made any sense was that the Vikings were getting ready to pull a fake FG play and the Bears were ready for it, so the Vikings called the time out and decided to actually go for it.