Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings: Defensive Grades

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The Chicago Bears defense more or less held up their end of the bargain against Minnesota but struggled some in the second half, partly due to more injuries.

As big a supporter as I’ve been of the Chicago Bears defense, I’m really not sure what to make of last night’s performance as a whole.

To say that the game was a tale of two halves doesn’t quite cover it on its own. Rather, it was somewhat a tale of two completely different offenses: one that wasn’t lead by a healthy quarterback and one that was.

The fact that the healthy quarterback that carved the defense up in the second half was Case Keenum doesn’t really ring with encouragement.

That said, with all the injuries that have beset this team, how critical can we be while also being fair?

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We’ll get into this later, but when you’re pining for John Timu, who wasn’t even on the team to start the year, you have big problems.

Still, even for that rough second half, the Chicago Bears continue to show that they can limit opponents when they have a real quarterback playing for them that can generally keep the offense on the field.

And one player in particular that the Bears have needed to show up all season finally had a breakout game last night.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.