The Vikings went three-and-out on their first series, but after a punt, Chicago running back Matt Forte fumbled the ball on Chicago's first play from scrimmage, with linebacker Chad Greenway coming up with the recovery at the Chicago 28-yard line. However, the Vikings couldn't move the ball very far, and faced a field goal attempt from 40 yards out.
That meant another opportunity for rookie placekicker Blair Walsh, and he did what he's done pretty much all season long. . .be dead solid perfect, putting the 40-yard attempt between the uprights to give the Vikings an early 3-0 lead. Obviously the Vikings would have preferred seven, but three isn't bad either.
We have 12:17 remaining in the first quarter at Soldier Field, and the Minnesota Vikings have an early 3-0 lead over the Chicago Bears.