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Instant reaction: Bears battle back, but come up just short in Minnesota

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October 9, 2022

Give one thing to these Chicago Bears: They don’t quit.

After an awful first half performance, the team battled back to take a brief one-point lead in the fourth quarter. Though the Vikings were able to manufacture a touchdown drive when it counted, there were still some points of promise for the 2-3 Bears.

Here are our instant reactions after the Bears’ 29-22 loss …

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Adam Hoge

Fans complaining about Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy being too conservative have to feel vindicated. The Bears’ awful first half forced them to be more aggressive the rest of the way and it paid off with a comeback that eventually resulted in a 22-21 lead. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t get off the field on third down on the Vikings’ go-ahead drive. Still, there was much-needed progress with Justin Fields and offense in this game. In the big picture, that matters more than final score.

Nicholas Moreano

From misspelled jerseys to penalties committed on the first offensive play of the game to dropped passes, the Bears showed all types of dysfunction in the 29-22 loss to the Vikings. The first half was completely one-sided in the Vikings favor. Kirk Cousins found Justin Jefferson early and often, and Alan Williams’ defense didn’t have an answer to limit their production in the first half. The Bears did come back in the second half and took the lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the game, but a late fourth-quarter touchdown drive sealed the victory for the Vikings. This is now the Bears’ second loss in the NFC North and they will have to rebound for a quick turnaround to face the Washington Commanders on Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Will DeWitt

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. The Bears battled back to give themselves a chance to win this game, but just like last week, they ended up fumbling the opportunity. Even though the end result was another gut punch, you have to like the overall resiliency that they displayed. It just wasn’t enough. This team really knows how to toy with your emotions, don’t they?

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Mark Carman

If there ever was a loss that felt like a win, this was it. The Bears were dead and gone and looked like a football team with no life after 1000 straight Kirk Cousins completions seemingly all to Justin Jefferson. Then both the Bears offense and defense found their footing. 4 straight scoring drives, wow. Fields running for a touchdown that wasn’t because of an Ihmir Smith-Marsette holding penalty was unfortunate to say the least but showed the talent of the quarterback. The Bears took way more than a baby step forward today. 

Greg Braggs, Jr.

Progress. We saw more progress. From the coaching staff being more aggressive. To Justin Fields making more throws. If every game looks like this the rest of the way. We know we have our QB and that’s a win every week as far as I’m concerned.

Kevin Kaduk

The less said about the first half, the better. But the second half was exactly what I wanted to see from the Bears this year. Justin Fields showed poise in a tough road environment and the defense showed character in letting the team get back into the game and even bringing the team all the way back from an early 18-point deficit. I would’ve liked to see more on the final drive, but Ilhar Smith-Marsette had other plans.

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