The Minnesota Vikings once again allowed the Chicago Bears to have a short field, and the home team once again took advantage of it to increase their lead to 10-3 after one quarter of play at Soldier Field.
Vikings' punter Chris Kluwe got off an ugly 23-yard punt on Minnesota's most recent possession to give the Bears the ball just shy of midfield. Once again, Chicago moved the ball into Minnesota territory, and when it appeared that the Vikings had the Bears stopped on a third down, cornerback A.J. Jefferson was called for unsportsmanlike conduct to give the Bears a fresh set of downs.
On that next set of downs, Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting Jefferson, and on third down a Cutler-to-Marshall connection managed to lose about seven yards. The Bears called on Robbie Gould for a 47-yard field goal attempt, and Gould connected on it to increase Minnesota's lead to 10-3.
That's where we stand after the first quarter of play at Soldier Field, as the Minnesota Vikings trail the Chicago Bears by a score of 10-3.