Hester has 2 long TDs as Bears beat Vikings 39-10
CHICAGO 39, MINNESOTA 10
By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) -- Given the beating Jay Cutler was taking and the
big plays the defense was allowing, this one looked like
potential trouble for the Chicago Bears.
So it was hardly shocking that a blowout developed.
That the Bears delivered the beating was a bit of a surprise.
The Bears got two big touchdowns from Devin Hester, stopped
Adrian Peterson and held their ground against Jared Allen in a
39-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
Hester set the tone with a 48-yard touchdown catch and scored on
a career-best 98-yard kickoff return before leaving with a chest
injury - and he had a lot of help in the win.
"Hopefully, that's who were are, the team that you saw tonight,"
coach Lovie Smith said.
Jay Cutler threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns without an
interception. Julius Peppers had two sacks and the Bears (3-3)
held Peterson to 39 yards rushing.
Smith didn't think the injuries to Hester and tight end Kellen
Davis (elbow) were serious, but he's made similar statements in
the past about players who wound up missing big chunks of time.
Hester did not make himself available for comment.
His 48-yard TD pass from Cutler on Chicago's first possession
got the Bears started quickly as they grabbed a 26-3 halftime
lead. Hester's kickoff return early in the third quarter erased
any chance the Vikings (1-5) had at a comeback.
"You feel like you're getting ready to come and that kickoff
return was a big momentum turn," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier
It's no secret that teams are inviting danger by kicking to
Hester, and Minnesota paid a big price right after Peterson
scored on a 4-yard run.
Hester took the kickoff, turned to his right and was touched
maybe once on his way to the end zone, making it 33-10. It was
his first kickoff return for a touchdown since Nov. 25, 2007,
"We're all kind of witnessing history every time he touches it,"
Hester set a record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown
against Carolina on Oct. 2. On Sunday, the good feelings gave
way to concern when the announcement came early in the fourth
quarter that he was finished for the game.
Along with the big return, Hester had five catches for 91 yards.
Cutler, meanwhile, had all the time he needed and - for one
game, anyway - avoided a big beating. Never mind that league
sacks leader Jared Allen was lining up for the Vikings, the
Bears' maligned blockers held their ground.
That allowed Cutler to complete 21 of 31 passes while being
sacked just once.
The defense did its job, too.
A surprise starter after sitting out practice this week with a
sprained left knee, Peppers got his two sacks and stayed in
until the closing minutes even though the knee was bothering
"Did I want to stay in? I mean, I don't know," Peppers said. "I
wanted to play, if that's what you're asking. I wanted to play,
but the smart thing to do is get everybody out of the game and
not risk an injury in a blowout."
Donovan McNabb threw for 177 yards and completed 19 of 24
passes. He was sacked five times before being lifted for a
debuting Christian Ponder, but it was a brutal night for
Peterson aside from that scoring run.
He simply couldn't get anything going against a defense that had
been giving up plays at an alarming rate, and it didn't help
that the Vikings lost center John Sullivan (concussion) and
right tackle Phil Loadholt (bruised knee) to injuries in the
Even so, the Bears dominated from the start. Now, after dropping
three of four, they can breathe a little easier.
They still trail unbeaten Green Bay by three games and Detroit
by two with losses to both teams, but they have to feel a little
better about themselves as they get ready to play Tampa Bay in
"That was awesome," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We ran the
ball, protected our quarterback, we made plays in the kicking
game as usual, good team win."
Notes: Ponder was 9 of 17 for 99 yards. ... Frazier said he
didn't think Loadholt was seriously injured, but had no more
information on Sullivan and S Jamarca Sanford (concussion). ...
Peppers has 20 multi-sack games.
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