Bears win big over Vikings

October 17, 2011

(AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago running back Matt Forte picks up yardage past Minnesota Vikings defensive back Asher Allen.

The Chicago Bears won big against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field Sunday night.

At halftime the Bears led 26 to 3, and the final score was equally comfortable: Bears 39, Vikings 10.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 267 yards and wide receiver Devin Hester ran back a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Chicago scored on offense, defense and special teams.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said everyone played their A-game. 

"All three phases really showed up. Hopefully that's who we are - the team you saw tonight. Defense needed to come back from the last couple of weeks really, and they came back strong," Smith said in a post-game press conference.

The Bears are now 3-3, and in third place in the NFC north division. Next the Bears head to London's Wembley Stadium for an international series game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.