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Bears Make Strange NFL History In Week 12 Win Over Vikings

The Chicago Bears picked up a big upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings on the road on Monday Night Football to close out Week 12. The victory was their second in three weeks, as they were a late-game meltdown in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions away from being one of the hotter teams in the NFL.

It certainly wasn’t a pretty performance on Monday night as the Bears seemingly did everything they could do to lose the game. In fact, teams who play to the level in which they did, have never won a game.

According to OptaSTATS on X, formerly known as Twitter, Chicago made some NFL history in Minnesota. They are the first team in the Super Bowl era to win a road game despite not scoring a touchdown, having 75+ penalty yards and losing multiple fumbles.

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Coming into the game, teams to reach such thresholds were 0-46 in the regular season and playoffs. There is now a one in that win column courtesy of the Bears, as the Vikings turned the ball over four times themselves.

At the end of the day, a win is a win. Head coach Matt Eberflus will take it however he can get it. While it is certainly an odd record to have, at least Chicago was on the right end of this history; they weren’t the team losing such a game at home as the Vikings were.

That victory gives the Bears some momentum heading into their Week 13 bye. Things have started to come together in recent weeks, as they are playing much better football than they were coming out of the gate.

Even better for the franchise, they can continue pushing for victories. Unlike most teams on the outside looking in of the playoff picture, the Bears are nearly guaranteed a top pick. That is because they own the first-rounder of the Carolina Panthers, which is currently slated to be No. 1 overall with them being 1-10 on the season.

This is an ideal scenario as there are a lot of people who will be playing and coaching for their futures with the franchise in the final five games of the season. Some more progress, especially from quarterback Justin Fields, would go a long way for a team that is set to pick twice in the first round of a loaded 2024 NFL Draft.

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