Things looked rather dark for the Chicago Bears after the first half of their game against the Minnesota Vikings on the road. Josh McCown wasn’t able to create much while throwing the ball, the whole offense was struggling to make things happen and the Vikings held a 7-6 lead after the first 30 minutes.
Alshon Jeffery appeared in the second half and led the Bears’ comeback, but his huge performance wasn’t enough as a 34-yard FG from Blair Walsh gave Minnesota a 23-20 win. The second-year receiver had a monster day, finishing with 12 receptions and 249 yards along with two scores that confirmed his ability to be a deep threat. Both of his touchdowns came in the third quarter, and while his longest was a huge 80-yard catch, the shortest was also 46 yards.
Jeffery was very productive, and his value wasn’t only in finding the end zone. He was McCown’s preferred target, moved the chains when needed and was a huge offensive problem that the Vikings’ secondary couldn’t solve all day long.
McCown (23-of-36, 355 yards, two TD) and Matt Forte (120 yards in 23 carries) did their part offensively today, but the team needs more from them as well as Brandon Marshall, who had a quiet day (45 yards on four receptions). Jeffery, however, was the real difference-maker for the Bears, and his huge outing surely won’t be forgotten by fans, who will expect him to build from this to keep producing down the stretch despite today’s loss.