Vikings 27, Bears 22
The Minnesota Vikings stayed healthy enough to beat the banged-up Chicago Bears.
Daunte Culpepper threw two touchdown passes to Randy Moss and ran for another score, helping the Vikings hold off the Bears, 27-22, on Sunday.
Onterrio Smith had 94 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving for Minnesota (2-1), which has a week off to heal. Chicago (1-2) came within five points when quarterback Rex Grossman scored on a six-yard scramble at the two-minute warning, but he hurt his right leg and had to leave on a cart.
Chicago got the ball back and backup quarterback Jonathan Quinn was sacked by Kevin Williams on fourth down. Grossman was 21 for 31 for 248 yards.
Culpepper completed 19 of 30 passes for 360 yards, 119 of them to Moss. Thomas Jones rushed for 110 yards and added 71 receiving yards for Chicago.
Morten Andersen, who made field goals of 42 and 24 yards, broke George Blanda's NFL record for career games played when he missed a 46-yard kick in the first quarter. It was the 44-year-old Andersen's 341st appearance, spanning 23 seasons.
There were enough long gains, mostly by Minnesota, to fill a highlight tape, but the game otherwise was bogged down by injuries, penalties, turnovers, more injuries and more penalties.
Moss had his moments, but Smith was the Vikings' best weapon. With a 38-yard run early in the third quarter, faking defenders with a pair of nifty stutter-steps, he set up a one-yard plunge by Culpepper that gave the Vikings a 17-6 lead.
Jones capped a nine-play, 79-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to pull the Bears within 20-15 before a failed two-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter.