The Chicago Bears victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night told us a lot about this team.
Even prior to the Chicago Bears took the field Sunday night, chills were running up and down the spine of their fans. Hype video after hype video came through social media to get fans fired up for the most highly anticipated regular season game in years for the Bears.
Not since December 29, 2013, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Bears at Soldier Field to win the NFC North, has a regular season football game meant this much to Chicago. Of course, that was the infamous game in which Chris Conte forgot how to play safety and Randall Cobb was wide open for the game-winning touchdown. The game was almost a microcosm of the failed Marc Trestman era.
It’s hard to believe just how futile this team had been prior to this season. To think that they haven’t played a meaningful regular season game in nearly five years is remarkable. But it also underscores why fans were rabid in the lead-up to Sunday night’s matchup against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings — with whom the Bears will compete for the division crown down the stretch.
Earlier in the week, I highlighted three things we would likely learn from this game, and all came to pass. The Bears faced a “true test” and passed with flying colors. They also came out focused, not allowing recent success to distract them from their task at hand. Finally, despite two bad mistakes (both of which were interceptions) Mitch Trubisky played fairly well, including some big throws on third down late in the game.
However, Sunday night’s win taught us even more about this team.