In an otherwise miserable season, the Chicago Bears have at least provided their faithful with more and sweeter trick plays than perhaps any other squad in the NFL.
Week 17 yielded yet more grin-inducing trickeration from head coach John Fox, who’s apparently as good at occasionally fooling opponents as he is at doing the same to franchises looking to fill head-coaching vacancies.
Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears’ special teams unit ran the old decoy punt return play with Tarik Cohen serving as the dummy and Bryce Callahan receiving the kick, and it actually worked.
Wait for it…
The special teams trickery from the @ChicagoBears is REAL.
— NFL (@NFL) December 31, 2017
In Week 5, the Bears pulled out a fake punt against the Vikings, and it went for a Benny Cunningham touchdown.
— Sports Degens (@TheSportsDegens) October 10, 2017
And it’s no wonder the Bears dug back into their bag of tricks for a decoy punt return on the final day of their season—trick plays and luck are apparently their only paths to the end zone against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Bears have 3 touchdowns against the Vikings this season.
• Fake punt passing TD
• TD pass that bounced off Andrew Sendejo’s hands
• Gadget misdirection punt return TD
— Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald) December 31, 2017
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Bears trail the Vikings 23-10.