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The Vikings have returned to snowy Minnesota after traveling to Chicago and suffering a 27-13 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The loss drops the Vikings to 3-6 while Chicago improves to 6-3.
Soldier Field has been a tough place for the Vikings to play in recent seasons but they hung in tough early in the game, even taking a 3-0 lead into the 2nd quarter. But as low scoring as the 1st quarter was, the 2nd quarter was just as high scoring, with Chicago posting 14 points in the period and the Vikings putting up 7. Chicago took a 14-10 lead into the locker room at halftime after missed FGs by both Ryan Longwell and Robbie Gould in the final minutes.
Mistakes plagued the Vikings in the 2nd half, though, and the Bears were able to pull away with 13 points in the final 2 quarters to log the 14-point win. The mustered just 1 FG in the 2nd half and QB Brett Favre threw 3 INTs – 1 came on a tipped pass and another came when Adrian Peterson fell down.
Speaking of Peterson, he’s historically dominated the Bears. But on Sunday the Bears held him to just 51 yards rushing and the Vikings offense was never able to find a rhythm as a result.
LB E.J. Henderson led the Vikings in tackles with 10 and fellow LB Chad Greenway was 2nd on the team with 9 stops, including 2 for a loss. DE Jared Allen tallied 1.0 sack but it was the only time the Vikings were able to bring Cutler down behind the line of scrimmage. Cutler’s success throwing the ball and converting 3rd downs was a huge factor in the game. Cutler finished going 22 of 35 for 237 yards and 3 TDs with 2 INTs. The Bears were 11 of 19 (58%) on 3rd downs.
The Vikings will go back to work this week and prepare for a battle against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field next Sunday. It will be the 100th meeting between the 2 franchises in their storied rivalry.
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The Vikings are on the road and the game will be played outdoors. That means we need Mr. Hippe to check in with his weather report.
Mr. Hippe has indeed checked in and here’s what he had to say…
Temperature at 46 degrees with a windchill that makes it feel like 36. Winds gusting up to 20 mph out of the North.
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Vikings players have arrived at Soldier Field and many of them are on the field going through their initial warm-up routine in advance of today’ game, which will kickoff at 12:00 p.m. CT. As you’ve likely heard by now, WR Sidney Rice was not activated from the PUP list and therefore he will not be in uniform today.
While Rice will not play today, the good news is that both Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin will play. Berrian (groin) and Harvin (illness/ankle) were both listed as questionable and missed practice time this week.
In other news that fans will consider good, the Vikings have elected to wear the purple jersey pants. Last week the Vikings wore the purple pants with their home purple jerseys.
Right now we have partly cloudy skies with the temperature at 41 degrees and the win whipping on the field. The high for today is 49 degrees and the wind is supposed to be a steady 18-24 mph all afternoon. Stay tuned for Mr. Hippe’s Weather report just before kickoff for up-to-date weather info.
Also, don’t forget to join us for today’s live chat, which will begin just before kickoff.
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Here are the Vikings inactives for today’s game against the Bears:
QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), CB Asher Allen, S Jamarca Sanford, RB Albert Young, LB Erin Henderson, G Chris DeGeare, and DT Jimmy Kennedy.
Like last week, there are only seven inactive players as opposed to eight since the Vikings only have 52 players on their active roster instead of the normal / maximum of 53. That final spot will presumably be taken by WR Sidney Rice when he’s healthy enough to remove from the PUP list.
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