Hoge and Jahns, Episode 193: Bears-Vikings Postgame Show

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen pressures Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky in last year's finale. | Jim Mone AP

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen pressures Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky in last year's finale. | Jim Mone AP

"I think anytime you have a game like this you come back on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday with a real sense of urgency and heightened awareness to your preparation", Cousins said following the game.

Mitch Trubisky hurt his throwing shoulder Sunday night against the Vikings, causing enough of a concern that the Bears said he wouldn't have practiced Monday - had the team practiced.

Trubisky completed 12 of 14 passes for 92 yards in a ball-control first half and ran six times for 37 yards to give the Bears a 14-0 lead at halftime in the NFC North showdown. "One of them being defense: Watch Mitchell Trubisky". Of course, we could wallop them for not taking Patrick Mahomes, but they didn't trade up very far (moving from No. 3 to No. 2 and the move cost them only two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder), and no team was taking Mahomes at No. 3. He actually has put up good numbers this season. The Bears are fun, they're entertaining, and the National Football League has gone long enough without a contending Bears team. The Vikings set themselves up to get a drive going when their first play gained eight yards.

Cousins was consistently under pressure and finished 30 of 46 for 262 yards. The Vikings' losses this year are to the 9-1 Rams, the 9-1 Saints, the 7-3 Bears and, still most bizarrely, the 3-7 Bills.

The Vikings defense had its fair share of struggles. It's either the 4-6 Eagles or 4-6 Lions.

Cousins was signed to be the final piece of a Super Bowl puzzle. No, but I get why they did it.

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Zimmer pointed out numerous mistakes - including missed tackles in the first half, soft coverage on some third downs and two turnovers in the red zone, among others - that contributed to the defeat.

On a cold Sunday night at Soldier Field against the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears' edge rusher was every bit "the silencer", mimicking LeBron James' signature celebration upon sacking Kirk Cousins. To think that they haven't played a meaningful regular season game in almost five years is remarkable. We need to remember how utterly tepid this Cowboys offence looked in their last two games before this two-week spurt of victories. The Vikings have taken the ball away 17 times, but just six teams have more giveaways than Minnesota's playoff hopeful squad. Playing fast in the moment I felt like the DB was squatting, but he wasn't. The Bears get right back to work with an extremely short week - they play in Detroit at 11:30am Thursday. To say that he's holding his own would be an understatement.

Since making his debut in the Bears' fifth game previous year, Trubisky has not missed a snap because of a medical issue.

"Each year, I've been making strides in getting better, and increase my role and help this team win and do positive things on the field", said Harris, who joined the Vikings in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. While this certainly was an exceptional performance, the plays he made are similar to those which he's pulled off over the last three seasons.

Yes, the offence seemed confused on several fourth-quarter plays, but isn't that ultimately on Rivers to make sure all parties are on the same page? Sitting in his locker Monday were the two balls he had saved from the first multi-interception game.

The Chargers still have road games to come in Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

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