Vikings — 0-3-0-7 — 10
Bears — 3-10-7-0 — 20
Jordan Howard totaled over 200 yards from scrimmage and the <a href="http://Chicago Bears” >Chicago Bears (2-6) picked up a convincing 20-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.
Howard ran for 153 yards and a score and added 49 more on 4 receptions and Jay Cutler (thumb) returned to the lineup to throw for 252 yards.
The Bears are now 3-9 in their past dozen home games.
Minnesota dropped its second-straight game. The Vikings are now 5-2 overall and one game ahead of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North standings.
The Vikings lone score came with under 6 minutes left in the game when Sam Bradford hit Stefon Diggs on a 25-yard touchdown pass in a 4th down.
Keep reading below to see the game highlights and stats.
Jordan Howard’s 2-Yard Plunge Gave the Bears a 13-0 Lead
Jordan Howard’s big game continued when he ran in a touchdown from 2 yards out to give the Bears a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Howard had a 69-yard run in the first quarter to set up a field goal and a 34-yard reception on another drive which ended with a FG.
Connor Barth had field goals of 30 and 29 yards earlier in the game as Chicago got out to a 6-0 lead.
The Vikings got on the board at the end of the first half with a 30-yard field goal, cutting the Chicago advantage to 13-3. Minnesota had a 1st and goal, but the Bears’ defense held, getting a sack of Sam Bradford by Akiem Hicks on third down.
Cutler to Jeffery Made it 20-3 in the 3rd Quarter
The Bears took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and drove down the field to take a 20-3 lead when Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery for an 11-yard touchdown.
It was Jeffery’s first TD of the season.
Cutler and Jeffery hooked up 3 times for 54 yards on the 75-yard drive.
Stefon Diggs Caught a 25-Yard TD in the 4th Quarter
The Vikings cut Chicago’s lead to 20-10 when Sam Bradford hit Stefon Diggs for a 25-yard touchdown with a little under 6 minutes left in the game.
The drive covered 83 yards on 10 plays in 3:10. The touchdown came on 4th down.
Bradford completed 7 of 10 passes for 83 yards on the drive.
Stats will be updated throughout the game
Passing: Sam Bradford 23 for 37, 228 yards, TD
Rushing: Matt Asiata 14 carries, 42 carries; Ronnie Hillman 4 carries, 15 yards
Receiving: Stefon Diggs 8 receptions, 76 yards, TD; Kyle Rudolph 5 receptions, 31 yards; Adam Thielen 3 receptions, 40 yards; Cordarrelle Patterson 3 receptions, 36 yards; Ronnie Hillman 2 receptions, 9 yards; Matt Asiata 2 receptions, 36 yards
Defense: Eric Hendricks 9 tackles (7 solo); Everson Griffen 5 solo tackles, sack
Passing: Jay Cutler 20 for 31, 252 yards; TD
Rushing: Jordan Howard 26 carries, 153 yards, TD; Ka’Deem Carey 2 carries, 3 yards; Jay Cutler 1 carry, 2 yards
Receiving: Zach Miller 7 receptions, 88 yards; Alshon Jeffery 4 receptions, 63 yards, TD; Cameron Meredith 1 reception, 24 yards; Jordan Howard 4 receptions, 49 yards; Jeremy Langford 1 reception, 11 yards; Joshua Bellamy 1 reception, 4 yards; Logan Paulsen 1 reception, 5 yards; Ben Braunecker 1 reception, 8 yards
Defense: Akiem Hicks 2 sacks; Cornelius Washington 1 sack; Leonard Floyd 1 sack; Pernell McPhee 1 sack; Jerrell Freeman 7 tackles (5 solo)
Jay Cutler, who has been on the sidelines with a thumb injury since Week 2, will be back under center as the Bears’ starting quarterback tonight.
Cutler was replaced by Brian Hoyer but he is now on the injured reserve with a fractured forearm.
It’s not going to be easy for Cutler and the Chicago offense as they’ll have to deal with Minnesota’s No. 1 defense. The Vikings lead the NFL in points and yards allowed per game.
The Vikings (5-1) suffered their first defeat of the season last week in Philadelphia. Chicago comes in at 1-6 and losers of three straight.