Minnesota got on the board on their first possession, as they forced a three-and-out from the Bears offense. The drive got started with a roughing the passer call on Bears’ defensive tackle Eddie Goldman on Case Keenum to move the ball to near midfield. A few plays later, Keenum found Stefon Diggs on a big 26-yard catch-and-run to put the ball in Chicago territory at the 14. Latavius Murray got a couple of carries from there and got the ball to the 1, and finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge for the score. The extra point from Kai Forbath gave the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.
After another Chicago three-and-out, it looked like the Vikings might do the same, but a pass interference penalty against Chicago instead gave the Vikings 27 yards and put them into Chicago territory at the 38. A holding penalty on Murray then wiped out what would have been a huge gain from Keenum to David Morgan. The Vikings couldn’t make up the lost yardage, and had to call on Ryan Quigley to punt the ball away. The Vikings downed the ball at the 5-yard line to give Chicago a long field to work with.
The Bears finally generated a first down on their next drive on a pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Dontrelle Inman, but could not get a second as Jordan Howard was stuffed by Anthony Barr on 3rd-and-1. O’Donnell punted the ball away again, and as we get ready to move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at a 2nd-and-6 from their own 33-yard line.
The quest for a first-round bye is looking good so far, as the Vikings have a 7-0 lead over the Bears at the end of the first quarter. Come join us for the second quarter of play!