The Vikings finally got themselves on the board midway through the second quarter following their best drive of the game to this point. Unfortunately, they had to settle for a 37-yard field goal from Dan Bailey after their drive stalled out in the red zone, cutting the Chicago lead to 6-3.
After a Chicago punt, the Vikings were forced to start their next drive from their own 1-yard line thanks to a nice play by the Bears’ special teams. The Bears then capitalized on it, as Nick Kwiatkowski tackled Mike Boone in the end zone for a safety, extending the Chicago lead to 8-3.
Following the free kick from Britton Colquitt, the Bears moved down the field again, but were once again forced to settle for another Eddy Pineiro field goal, this time a 34-yarder to make it 11-3.
Keyed by another huge run by Noone, the Vikings got themselves into position for more points at the end of the quarter, as Dan Bailey connected on his second field goal of the day. This one was a 38-yarder, and made the score 11-6 going into halftime.
The Mike Boone experience has certainly been a roller coaster today. He has eight carries for 126 yards thus far, but has also fumbled once (though the fumble was credited to Mannion) and bobbled a pass that resulted in an interception.
In his second career start, Mannion has been. . .meh. He has completed 5-of-9 passes for 43 yards and an interception that wasn’t really his fault. Ameer Abdullah is the only Viking with multiple reception, as he has two grabs for seven yards. Olabisi Johnson (14 yards), Alexander Hollins (11 yards) and Irv Smith Jr. (11 yards) each have one catch thus far.
We’re at halftime in Minneapolis, and your Minnesota Vikings trail the Chicago Bears in the 2019 regular season finale by a score of 11-6. Come on in and join us for the third quarter, folks!