Best Monday Night Football Matches: Vikings-Bears, Raiders-Browns

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The week 15 action continues as the Chicago Bear host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night football.

Earlier Monday, a thriller unfolded between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Cleveland Browns, as Derek Carr & Co. outlived the Browns, 16-14, with a last-second field goal to keep their playoff hopes alive. playoffs.

Baker Mayfield was inactive for the game after he could not test negative for COVID-19 on Monday. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the game was moved due to an influx of positive tests into the Browns’ organization. backup quarterback Keenum case also did not clear protocols, so QB of third string Nick mullens was at the helm for Cleveland. In addition, the Browns were without head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Here are the best games from Monday’s matches.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

FIRST QUARTER

The Vikings opened the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown by none other than Justin Jefferson.

Kirk Cousins ​​and Jefferson have now connected on six passing touchdowns with more than 10 aerial yards this season, tied with Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase for most in the league.

In the Bears ‘ensuing practice, the Vikings’ defense forced a first turnaround from Justin Fields in midfield.

Then Bears defensive back Deon Bush drew an unnecessary – arguably questionable – roughness appeal on Minnesota’s next drive on a deep pass through Cousins ​​midpoint to tight end Tyler Conklin.

Head coach Matt Nagy unleashed his frustrations over the Bears’ sideline call, saving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty two games later at the end of the first quarter.

SECOND QUARTER

Bears linebacker Robert Quinn netted a massive sack in third on Cousins ​​before the Vikings extended their lead to 10-0 with a quick field goal early in second.

On Chicago’s next drive, David Montgomery felt for the ball in the red zone. Minnesota took over on its own 12-yard line before going three-and-out.

Meanwhile, on the punt that followed …

The Bears avoided the shutout before the break with a field goal to make it a one-point game at 10-3.

Then, Cousins’ pass intended for Jefferson was intercepted by Bush and returned 26 yards into Viking territory. However, the Bears failed to make anything out of turnover as Minnesota blocked their field goal attempt just before the break.

THIRD QUARTER

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Las Vegas Raiders at the Cleveland Browns

FIRST QUARTER

The Raiders were the first to strike when Carr joined Bryan Edwards in the end zone near the end of the first.

SECOND QUARTER

The Raiders extended their lead to 10-0 after a short field goal before the break. Carr had 4,000 passing yards for his fourth straight season, as the Raiders led the Browns in the air and on the ground.

On the other side, Cleveland struggled to get things done, missing a placement and ending the first half with 84 yards against 178 for Las Vegas.

This is the first time the Browns have been ruled out in the first half since December 2, 2018 against the Houston Texans.

THIRD QUARTER

The Raiders spiced things up in the second half with a false punt in the fourth and one to land the first.

But misfortune struck later in that practice when Carr dropped the ball on a backpack in midfield – courtesy of Myles Garrett – and was shaken on the play.

Turnover led to a touchdown for the Browns. After tight end David Njoku narrowly missed a Mullens throw, Nick Chubb hit it on the next game to reduce the Browns’ deficit to three to close out the third.

FOURTH TRIMESTER

The Raiders added another basket early in the last quarter to extend their lead to 13-7.

For the first time in Monday’s game, the Browns took the lead after Mullens hit third-string tight end Harrison Bryant right on the goal line for a touchdown with just under four minutes to go.

And Mayfield and Browns star receiver Jarvis Landry – who are just two of 18 players, including eight starters, for Cleveland in Monday’s game – couldn’t contain his excitement on social media.

Then, with some momentum on their side, the Browns came up with a huge game on defense, knocking out Carr as the Raiders tried to charge the field.

The Browns lost three goals after the interception, but the turnover added a minute on the clock.

It wasn’t enough, however, as the Raiders kept their season alive with a last-second field goal, 16-14.

Carr has now led 28 winning records since his debut in 2014, which is tied for most QB count during that span.


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