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Loss to Bears puts pressure on Vikings' playoff hopes

Chicago has solid hold on NFC North lead following 25-20 win

November 19, 2018 - 4:45 am

   CHICAGO (AP) - Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown and the Chicago Bears tightened their grip on the NFC North with a 25-20 victory over the second-place Vikings on Sunday night.

   Mack and Jackson led a dominant effort by the defense. And Chicago (7-3) took a big step toward its first division championship since 2010.

   "We made too many mistakes to win," said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. "We're going to have to regroup and get back at it."

   The Bears have won a season-high four in a row. And the past two have come against the NFC North after they dropped 10 straight to division opponents.

   Chicago simply suffocated the Vikings (5-4-1), dominating in total yards (308-268) and time of possession (34:29-25:31).

   "We became a little one-dimentional, had to play catch-up," said Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. "It certainly wasn't what we wanted."

   Cousins was 30 of 46 for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

   The Vikings managed only 22 yards rushing.

   Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was 20 of 31 for 165 yards and a touchdown. But he was intercepted two times by Anthony Harris.

   The Vikings return to prime time on Sunday when they host the Packers at US Bank Stadium. Green Bay lost at Seattle last Thursday to fall to 4-5-1.

   Ten weeks into the season, the Vikings have the sixth-best record in the NFC, and need a strong push down the stretch to qualify for the postseason.

   Following the game against the Packers, the Vikings go on the road for two games before closing the season with two out of three at US Bank Stadium.  

   That includes the season finale at home against the Bears.