Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress met with reporters for his usual day-after-the-game press conference on Monday and it was clear his focus was on finding a way to get his team to play better, especially with another NFC North game on the docket this weekend.
The Vikings didn’t play well in Sunday’s loss to the Bears, a 27-13 decision at Soldier Field that included 4 turnovers, and Childress said his team’s intention this week is to fix the mistakes that plagued them during the loss.
“Our sole view is on corrections and what we need to do to improve, on offense, defense and special teams,” Childress said. “And that’s the tact I’ll take with the team here in just a little short time (at the 1:00 team meeting). There were opportunities, obviously we didn’t follow through on those opportunities.
“There’s a lot, a lot of football left to play here. It’s important that we get these things corrected sooner than later. And we will.”
Childress wouldn’t identify specific aspects of his team’s performance that need to be corrected and instead spread responsibility out to the entire team.
“You’ve got to paint with a broad brush,” Childress said when asked to put his finger on what factors are causing his team to play poorly. “You can’t just say one thing. We’re doing it all together, so we’re just not playing [well] enough. We’re not doing the things…you can talk about converting third downs, you can talk about turnovers, you can talk about getting off the field. It’s all encompassing and typically that’s the way it is. There’s not one stand-alone factor.”
The loss on Sunday dropped the Vikings to 3-6 on the season, less than a year removed from a 12-4 effort that led to an appearance in the NFC Championship team. The underperforming Vikings are disappointing to fans and football followers, but there’s no doubt that Childress and his players are more disappointed than anyone.
“I expect to win every week we go out; all weeks individually,” Childress said. “I’m not surprised (that his team is 3-6) based on the way that we’ve played. I am surprised from the standpoint that every week we go out, Green Bay included, I expect to win this game.”
– Childress said QB Brett Favre was sore on Monday but that he anticipates Favre will resume practice on Thursday and be ready to go for Sunday’s tilt against Green Bay.
— Percy Harvin injured his ankle during the Bears game but Childress said he’ll receive treatment on the injury over the next few days and will make the push to play this weekend.
— On whether or not his sees his players playing hard, Childress said, “I see guys playing hard. I don’t see us executing particularly well right now, and it’s a given that if you don’t execute particularly well on offense, defense and special teams you’re probably going to get your rear end handed to you.”
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We’re officially on the back stretch of the 2010 season and the NFC North possess an unwelcoming sight for Vikings fans after the 27-13 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Vikings dropped to 3-6 while the Bears moved into a 1st place tie with the Green Bay Packers atop the division at 6-3 while the Packers stood idle during their bye week.
For the Bears, it was Jay Cutler and Devin Hester who paved the way to victory. Cutler completed 22 of 35 passes for 237 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs (both INTs led to 0 Vikings points), while Hester proved to be the Bears all-purpose player – he tallied 2 kick returns for 100 yards (68 long), 2 punt returns for 47 yards (42 long) and caught 4 passes for 39 yards and 1 TD.
One of the biggest factors to the Bears victory was their ability to convert on 3rd down. Cutler and Co. converted 11 of 19 third-down attempts with 2 of Cutler’s TDs coming on 3rd down.
Just as much credit must go to the Bears defense, which held the Vikings to 240 yards of total offense. The Bears also held Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to a season-low 51 yards on 17 carries and picked off QB Brett Favre 3 times.
Chicago can enjoy the win for only a short time, though, as it must turn the focus quickly to the Miami Dolphins for a Thursday night matchup at Sun Life Stadium.
The Vikings, on the other hand, will have another opportunity to put a dent in the divisional lead, as they will host the NFC North leading Packers in front of what is sure to be a frenzied crowd at Mall of America Field on Sunday afternoon.
In the only other NFC North game on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills tallied their first victory of the season by defeating the Detroit Lions by a mark of 14-12.
Bills RB Fred Jackson scored on a 1-yard TD plunge early in the 2nd quarter and his team never looked back. The Lions brought the game to within 4 after a 1st half-ending FG by K Dave Rayner, but Buffalo scored the eventual game-winner on Jackson’s 2nd TD of the game in the 3rd quarter. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a short shovel pass to Jackson in the middle of the field and the Bills RB darted 16 yards for the score.
Detroit scored on a 45-yard FG by Rayner and a 20-yard TD reception by Calvin Johnson in the 4th quarter, but their efforts came up short as the Lions fell to 2-7 on the season.
The Lions will travel to Dallas on Sunday for a matchup against the Cowboys in a battle of two 2-7 teams.
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