There are times in football to do things the traditional way, to go by the book. "Throw the ball away and play another down".
The Bears raised the excitement level many bars on Monday. He was replaced the past three games by backup Case Keenum, and the Vikings went 1-2.
"Whenever you got three-and-out for a few series in a row, you kind of tense up", Keenum told ESPN.
However, Jeff Rodgers saw something to exploit.
"You can see that guys in the locker room are pretty emotional after that win", Forbath said after his second 26-yard field goal of the night provided the decisive points.
Penalties and sloppy play ruled the night for Chicago much as it has over the last two seasons. And Pat O'Donnell's third-quarter pass to running back Benny Cunningham on a fake punt was a thing of beauty. "I don't think there was any doubt whatsoever he was ready to play". He threw for 128 yards on 25 attempts. A pass to the end zone was tipped by Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo and landed in the hands of Miller.
Bradford practiced on a limited basis last week and said Friday he was feeling "night and day" better. "We already knew the look we would get".
"I felt like it was on me, but they know I'm going to go back to work". "Jeff Rodgers found the look we needed, so we executed it well".
"We wouldn't put him on the field if he wasn't healthy enough to play". That's when the second example of trickery took place. Trubisky couldn't finish the job, but his first start gave the Bears something to build on.
Trubisky, who showed off his athleticism throughout the game, fooled the Vikings on the ensuing two-point conversion after his touchdown pass that tied the score at 17-17.
Markus Wheaton caught 1-of-4 targets for zero yards in the Bears' Week 5 loss to the Vikings. And some of Trubisky and the offenses' best plays became causalities of this mistakes. Miller then pitched it to Trubisky, who ran it into the end zone.
"It was fun", he said.
For the record, Smith said he was just playing his call and reading his keys.
He and the Vikings came through in the clutch for a 20-17 win over the Bears.
When the Bears tossed aside the traditional book and made a decision to use some trickeration, the gambles paid off.