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Leading the Minnesota Vikings 14-3 after halftime – but what’s the latest rumour around coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace? – Twin Cities

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The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings were knocked out of the knockout stages entering Sunday’s season finale at US Bank Stadium.

Here’s the latest Week 18 updates from Minnesota.

Halftime: Bears 14, Vikings 3

The Bears’ defense kept the Vikings at half-time for 87 yards to take a 14-3 first-half lead at Bank of America Stadium.

Bears quarterback Andy Dalton beat Damien Williams with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds to play in the second half, and Allen Robinson caught a two-point converting pass to take a 14-0 lead. .

Bears player Cairo Santos hit 43 and 46 yards in the Bears’ first and fourth tackles of the first half.

Meanwhile, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​completed five of 10 78-yard passes and was fired twice, and in running back Dalvin Cook won 12 yards from six runs. Cousins ​​had 65 of those passes on the final court of the half, ending with a 39-yard goal from Greg Joseph.

The Bears overturned the ball in fourth place twice in the inning.

They went for it from Wednesday down twice in their second drive. David Montgomery ran 4 yards in 4 and 1. But Dalton was later fired for losing 15 yards on a 4th and 5th hit, handing the ball to the Vikings in the middle of the field.

The Bears’ defense was blocked behind that play. Sam Kamara had a tackle in the loss to Dalvin Cook to push the Vikings into 1/3 and 13. And Angelo Blackson knocked Cousins ​​while Trevis Gipson fired, sending the Vikings out of goal.

Together the Bears assemble another hard drive for their next ownership. But on turns 4 and 1 from 13, the Bears chose to pass instead of calling a slot for Montgomery, and Dalton was fired again.

Filling in for Justin Fields, who was out with COVID-19, Dalton threw 162 yards. Montgomery has 61 dashes. And Darnell Mooney had six 71-yard catches to hit the 1,000-yard mark in his second season.

Announced shutdown

Bears aside from defender Robert Quinn and spearhead defender Eddie Goldman will take on the Vikings after they were listed as questionable on Friday. Quinn, who Set Bears’ one-season sack record Last week, being treated for a shoulder injury, and Goldman suffered a finger injury.

Justin Fields still on the/COVID-19 reserve list and so will not play.

As previously announced, defensive midfielder Akiem Hicks will miss his final game against the Bears as he continues to recover from a nagging ankle injury.

Wingback Duke Shelley (heel hitter), attacking midfielder Elijah Wilkinson and Lachavious Simmons and backrunner Ryan Nall are also out of action for the Bears.

As for the Vikings, quarterback Kellen Mond, full-backs Mackensie Alexander and Kris Boyd, backrunner Wayne Gallman, full-back Zach Davidson, bodyguard Wyatt Davis and defensive player Michael Pierce are out of action.

Latest Bears buzz about Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace

The Tribune’s Brad Biggs reported Friday that while Nagy is expected to be fired the Sunday or Monday following the season finale, public opinion surrounding the league is that the Bears could retain general manager Ryan Pace in some roles.

Pregame

In what potentially his last game as the Bears coach, Matt Nagy still expects his team to do their best to end the season on a three-game winning streak.

The Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants after a defeat to the Vikings officially knocked them out of the playoff race.

“We all played to win the Super Bowl. That’s why we coach, that’s why we compete,” Nagy said. “The biggest challenge as a player, as a coach is to make sure that we maintain our obligation to do everything that we have been doing… and continue to fight like you will. do if you get the chance, and that’s what I’m proud of these guys.

“When adversity strikes and when things don’t go as planned, how do you react? Do you change? Do you treat people differently? Are you another head coach? Are you a different type of player? Because as they all say, it reveals your true personality. In the end, we all look back and say, ‘How did we react during a difficult time?’ I think everyone in this building can tell you, “We reacted pretty well.”

Veteran Andy Dalton will start in midfield after rookie Justin Fields has tested positive for COVID-19 in Week. Nagy says Nick Foles will be the backup. While Fields could technically have been testing a return to competition, Nagy pointed out that missed practice time on Thursday and Friday would be too much to go back to.

Dalton will try to end a challenging season with a high record.

He was the starter of the season before suffering a knee injury in Week 2. As he was recovering from his injury, the Bears switched to Fields as a permanent starter. Dalton returned to supplement the then-injured Fields in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions but injured his arm and groin and tested positive for COVID-19 in December.

He came back to beat the Giants last week with Fields out with an ankle injury.

“It went up and down,” Dalton said. “A lot has happened and a lot of things have not been expected at times, but it’s one of those things that you have to learn and grow from every experience you have and that’s just where I am. ”

Injury report

Aside from Fields being on the reserve/COVID-19 roster, defensive midfielder Akiem Hicks was the only Bears player to feature on Friday. Hicks has been dealing with an ankle injury and will miss his eighth game of the season.

Outer-back Robert Quinn (shoulder), Eddie Goldman (fingers) split and full-back Duke Shelley (heel) have been listed as questionable.

The Bears on Saturday raised wide recipient Dazz Newsome from the workout team. The selection for the sixth round of 2021 took place in two matches.

For the Vikings, Michael Pierce’s defense (illness) was questionable while Mackensie Alexander (ankle), Kris Boyd (rib) and Wyatt Davis (illness) were questionable. doubt.

Missed anything this week? Update before the last game of the season (noon, FOX).

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