Unfortunately for the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday's game at Chicago was very reminiscent of many recent games at Soldier Field.
Minnesota fell behind early and couldn't recover in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Bears, and Chicago's defense causing turnovers was the big key. The Vikings (6-5) have lost six straight games to the Bears (8-3) and five straight in Chicago. Sunday's loss drops Minnesota further behind in the NFC North, though their Wild Card status (one game out) didn't change after Seattle, Tampa Bay and New Orleans also lost.
But the Vikings didn't offer much reason for optimism with the tough upcoming stretch. Here's how Minnesota graded out in each phase Sunday against the Bears:
Pass offense: F
Sunday's performance might not register on the same low level as the Arizona and Seattle games, but the passing game was again unable to gain much consistent yardage and couldn't take advantage of the defense again focusing on Peterson. Quarterback Christian Ponder, in going 22 ...