Winners and losers from 'Monday Night Football' in Week 5

Ross Houston
October 11, 2017

That now finds Minnesota 3-2 in the fifth week of the 2017-2018 season.

With a palpable buzz racing through a comfortable Soldier Field on Monday night, an era began.

The Vikings defense continues to pace the team's effort and put on another dominant performance on Monday night.

As a side note, Griffen now has at least one sack in each of his first five games this year.

There will be ups and downs for the remainder of his rookie season.

The Vikings overcame two instances of Bears trickery Monday. Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman said Tuesday Bradford did not suffer a new injury Monday night and is dealing with "wear and tear" on his knee.

We should expect a close game between a strong defensive team in Minnesota and a hungry and healthy Chicago team led by rookie hopeful, Mike Trubisky. Marcus Cooper Sr. made some outstanding plays on the ball in Week 3, and other players like Eddie Jackson and Prince Amukamara will also be tasked with helping to keep Sam Bradford and the Vikings at bay. It seemed worth watching, however, thanks to the fact that rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was getting his first National Football League start and because Sam Bradford was finally back in action after needing three weeks off due to a knee injury. With the game tied and Chicago having a chance to drive for a game-winning field goal, Harrison Smith stepped in front of a Trubisky pass headed for Zach Miller and picked it off deep in Bears territory.

Of course, it wouldn't take much to overshadow Glennon, who threw for just 833 yards and four touchdowns in the team's first four games of the season.

The low point came at the end of the first quarter. Keenum started the third quarter off with a bang, finding Kyle Rudolph for a 13-yard touchdown catch. McKinnon led the Vikings with 16 carries, for 95 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown. Prior to trading up to get Cook in the second round of this year's draft, the Vikings had already signed former Oakland starting running back Latavius Murray in free agency. He finished the game 17-for-21 with 140 yards and did not throw an INT or get sacked. Zimmer will be the first to insist that players win games, but there's no doubt head coaches have a profound impact on the outcome, as well.

Forbath booted a 26-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining to lift the Vikings to victory.

It looked as if Trubisky would lead the first touchdown drive of his career when on the second play of the second quarter Jordan Howard broke a 42-yard run down the sidelines for the touchdown.

Then Trubisky made his best play of the night - even fancier than the two-point play, even sharper than some of the outside-the-numbers dimes he dropped in an impressive start to the game. The Vikings threw a lot at Trubisky, and for the most part he responded well.

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