There is winning with class, and then there’s this.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football by a score of 19-13.
In the waning seconds of the game, Bears QB Nick Foles was slammed to the ground on his side.
He left the game on a cart with uncertainty as to the severity of his injury.
Within that context, the Minnesota Vikings Twitter account decided to celebrate the team’s victory with this.
Bear, Down pic.twitter.com/zaf8X4qKda
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 17, 2020
In Bad Taste
Given the time of the Tweet, no one yet knew how severe his injury was.
So calling this victory celebration at the expense of an opposing player’s health inappropriate is an understatement.
In addition to the photo (which is thankfully not the one where Foles was injured), the caption “Bear, Down” also jabs at the Bears because these are words in the Chicago Bears fight song.
Bears fans on Twitter called it a “trash tweet” and were shocked it had not been deleted.
Even Packers fans who notoriously do not like or agree with the Bears fans agreed it was inappropriate.
No one is suggesting the Vikings should not celebrate their victory, but it seems the Vikings UK Twitter account framed it in a much better light.
— Minnesota Vikings UK (@UKVikings) November 17, 2020
Some Good News On Foles
Mike Garofolo of NFL Network provided an encouraging update on Nick Foles on Tuesday morning.
“I was told overnight that Foles is actually OK. Despite how that looked, initial tests are extremely positive. There was no sign of a break, according to sources, in the hip. That is the area that they are focused on with Nick Foles … So maybe the immediate fear was there was a fracture in the hip, but tests taken at the stadium did not reveal a fracture, so that is really good news for Nick Foles, at least initially. “
Well Timed Bye Week
The Bears are 5-5 and have a bye in Week 11.
That gives the team time to once again evaluate the QB situation.
It is possible that fans will get their wish, in the most unfortunate way, of seeing Mitch Trubisky start against the Packers in Week 12.
There are indications that his shoulder injury is healing, and he may be the signal-caller.
Coach Nagy is not ready to commit to a starting QB for Week 12.
After the Monday night loss to the Vikings Nagy said:
“I don’t know about Mitch. I think there’s a possibility, but I don’t know that for sure. We just have to take it day by day.”
Must Win Situation
Regardless of who the starting QB is on November 29 against Green Bay, the Bears are in a must-win situation.
The Packers are at 7-2, in first place in the division.
Because the Bears have not played the Packers yet this season, the teams also meet in Week 17 on January 3.
It’s possible that January 3 game will be too late to be meaningful for the Bears’ playoff hopes making November 29 an even bigger deal for the Bears.