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Quick hits: Teddy Bridgewater and an opportunistic defense lead Vikings over Bears

By Andrew Krammer

MINNEAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater uncorked a 15-yard fade to Stefon Diggs, putting the Vikings up early and they never looked back.

Bridgewater accounted for a career-high five touchdowns, four in the air, as the Vikings (9-5) led start to finish over the Chicago Bears (5-9) in a 38-17 win at TCF Bank Stadium.

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Airing it out — Teddy Bridgewater carried over his success from 10 days ago in Arizona and threw for four touchdowns for the first time in his career. Bridgewater put the Vikings on the board with one of the better NFL throws, perfectly dropping a pass into the arms of Stefon Diggs, who ran a fade route for a 15-yard score. Later in the game, Bridgewater found Jerick McKinnon and Diggs on short passes that turned into scores. He once again looked comfortable in the pocket and took advantage of the few downfield strikes, including a 34-yard toss to Mike Wallace — Wallace’s longest play since joining the Vikings. Bridgewater accounted for a career-high five touchdowns in total, tacking on a 12-yard leaping run for a score and a dump-off pass to fullback Zach Line for a touchdown with two minutes left.

Including last week’s loss at Arizona, Bridgewater is 42 of 56 for 576 yards, five touchdown passes, a touchdown run and no interceptions in his last two starts.

Hobbled — Adrian Peterson took his 12th carry for nine yards, regaining the NFL rushing lead over Doug Martin, but injuring his ankle in the process. Peterson limped off the field and would not return until the Vikings’ second series in the third quarter. He finished with 63 yards on 18 carries, subbing out once the game was virtually decided in the fourth quarter.

No Linval? Little problem — Even without Linval Joseph, the Vikings made due as Sharrif Floyd was disruptive once again from Joseph’s nose tackle spot. Floyd drew a hold, deflected a pass and split a sack with end Danielle Hunter. Overall, the Vikings sacked Cutler five times with five different defenders earning credit. They got two key takeaways from the defensive line. First, Brian Robison worked his way past Kyle Long, stripping the football and recovering the fumble. Then, fellow defensive end Justin Trattou, who was waived and re-signed this week, intercepted Cutler on a busted screen in the fourth quarter.

McKinnon’s revenge — After getting stopped at the 1-yard line more than he’d care to remember, Jerick McKinnon scored his first career touchdown on a 17-yard catch and run in the second quarter as he subbed in for the injured Peterson. McKinnon led the Vikings with four catches for 76 receiving yards, all in the first half, including another long catch and run on third down, turning a short grab into a 25-yard gain. With the game out of reach late, McKinnon and Matt Asiata took the garbage-time carries for Peterson.

Shadow games — For the second time in four Vikings-Bears matchups under Mike Zimmer, cornerback Xavier Rhodes shadowed Alshon Jeffery for most of his snaps in the game. Rhodes left with what appeared to be a leg injury in the second quarter. With Rhodes sidelined, Jay Cutler found Jeffery in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass with Terence Newman in coverage. Rhodes came back into the game on the following series.

The post Quick hits: Teddy Bridgewater and an opportunistic defense lead Vikings over Bears appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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