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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