It was mostly smiles for the Bears as they won their eight game of the season against the Vikings.
Despite losing five players to injuries, including Devin Hester and Matt Forte, the Bears dominated the Vikings behind the return of Jay Cutler. Cutler finished day completing 23 of 31 passes for only 188 yards, but 12 of those passes went to Brandon Marshall. On the day Marshall surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the season adding another 92 yards against the Vikings.
The Bears' defense limited the Vikings to 258 yards, and turned three Minnesota turnovers into 14 points.
On the bright side for the Vikings, Adrian Peterson had his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game finishing with 108 yards on 18 carries. Unfortunately, two of the three Vikings turnovers were Peterson fumbles. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had his seventh touchdown reception in the third quarter for the Vikings only touchdown, but he would leave in the fourth quarter with a concussion.
The win assures the Bears at least a share in the division lead as the Packers play the Giants in New York Sunday night. The Bears host the Seahawks next Sunday before the rematch with the Vikings at the Metrodome.
The loss pushes the Vikings to 6-5, and makes their chances of making the playoffs very difficult. The road doesn't get any easier as the Vikings play at Green Bay next week.
This one was all Bears as they built a 25-3 halftime lead.