The Minnesota Vikings were coming off their bye week refreshed and positive heading into the final stretch of the season, while the Chicago Bears were recovering from an embarrassing Monday night loss and wondering whether quarterback Jay Cutler would be in the lineup.
Then, Minnesota went dormant in the first half of Sunday's NFC North showdown at Chicago and the Bears took advantage, motivated to bounce back from back-to-back losses with Cutler back in the lineup. The Vikings couldn't take advantage of their one early chance to seize momentum, fell behind by double-digits in the first half and couldn't recover in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Bears.
Minnesota (6-5) is now two games behind Chicago (8-3) in the NFC North with five games remaining and still trails Green Bay or Chicago, Seattle and Tampa Bay in the race for a wild-card spot after a costly and disappointing loss.
Five things we learned Sunday:
1. Minnesota's defense still has a problem on third downs.
The Vikings hav...