MINNESOTA VIKINGS 29, CHICAGO BEARS 22 (FINAL)
•Vikings Captains: FB C.J. Ham, LB Eric Kendricks, T Brian O’Neill
•Coin Toss: Vikings call heads. Vikings won ton and chose to receive.
•Weather: Temp: 59° F, Mostly Sunny, Humidity: 43%, Wind: NE 2 mph
•The Vikings are the first team in NFL history to win an international game and also win their game in the immediate following week.
•The Vikings have started 4-1 in eight seasons throughout franchise history and in all eight seasons, they’ve made postseason apperances. Kevin O’Connell joins Dennis Green as the only first year head coaches in franchise history to start the season 4-1.
•The team improved to 3-0 at home this season.
•The Vikings improved to 64-57-2 record against Chicago and hold a three-game winning streak.
•QB Kirk Cousins completed 32-of-41 passes for 296 yards and one touchdown for a 94.7 passer rating. He has now thrown for at least one touchdown in 35 consecutive games, the eighth-longest streak in the NFL.
•Cousins started the game going 17-for-17 in passing completions, setting a new career high and a new franchise record for consecutive completions in a game. Cousins’ 17 consecutive completions to start the game is tied for the fifth-longest streak to start a game since 2000.
•With 22 completions, 217 passing yards and no interceptions in the first half of the game, Cousins joined Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in the NFL this season to throw for 20+ completions, 200+ yards and 0 INTs in the first half a game.
•Cousins’ 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Vikings the lead in the fourth quarter, marked his 18th career rushing touchdown.
•WR Justin Jefferson caught a career-high 12 passes for 154 yards against Chicago. Jefferson’s previous high was 11 receptions in 2021 against the Lions (12/5).
•Jefferson (236) passed Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss (226) to set the franchise record for most pass receptions in a player’s first three seasons in the NFL.
•Jefferson’s seven catches in the first quarter ties Rickey Young (7 – 4th quarter) and Cris Carter (7 – 2nd quarter) for the franchise record for most catches in a single quarter and is the most ever in the first quarter.
•Jefferson caught nine passes in the first half, the most among all players this season in the first two quarters. It is also the most receptions in the first half since Chargers WR Keenan Allen had 10 in Week 11 of the 2020 season.
•Jefferson completed his third pass of his career, which ranks third in franchise history for most passing completions by a player other than a quarterback.
•Since 2000, Jefferson is the eighth player to have at least 10 receptions (10) and 100 receiving yards (138) in a first half, joining Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Brandon Marshall, Danny Amendola, Jabar Gaffney, Andre Johnson and Joe Horn.
•Jefferson tied Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Lance Alworth for the most games (6) with 150+ receiving yards in a player’s first three NFL seasons since at least 1950.
•RB Dalvin Cook recorded 121 total yards (94 rushing, 27 receiving) and two TDs, marking his 27th game with over 100 yards from scrimmage since 2019. He is currently tied with RB Nick Chubb and RB Derrick Henry for most games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage during that span.
•Cook has scored at least two touchdowns in a game 10 times in his career.
•WR Jalen Reagor tallied his first receiving touchdown as a Viking and the fourth of his career.
•OLB Danielle Hunter tallied his second sack of the season when he brought down Justin Fields for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter. Hunter finished the game with six total tackles, including two tackles for loss.
•OLB D.J. Wonnum tallied 0.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Wonnum has now recorded 6.5 sacks against the Bears through five games.
•CB Cam Dantzler Sr. led the team in total tackles (8) and recorded his third career forced fumble and his second career fumble recovery on the final drive of the game to defeat the Bears. Dantzler has tallied at least eight tackles in five games throughout his career.
(info and photo courtesy of Vikings)