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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. Qu...
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It’s not often that a team with a winning record is deemed to be dead in the water, but it sure feels that way for the Minnesota Vikings after last week’s dismal performance against the red-hot Chicago Bears. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall shredded the Vikings defense while Christian Ponder and the Vikings offense fell completely flat in an important NFC North game. Even with...
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed the team bus to Chicago's Soldier Field Sunday morning, but reportedly hailed a taxi cab in front of the team hotel and made it to the game on time. After missing the team bus, Peterson managed to get a cab just after 10 a.m. CT, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The NFL Network reported that Peterson arrived at Soldier...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings are in the most important stretch of their season and are now dealing with several injuries that could linger into the week.
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that running back Adrian Peterson, who leads the league with 1,236 rushing yards, suffered a shoulder strain in Sunday's game. Meanwhile, tight end Kyle Rudolph and rookie...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Receiver Jerome Simpson had his man beat to the inside on a simple slant route and quarterback Christian Ponder put the ball on target for what should have been a first down and a potential momentum-advancing play early in the Minnesota Vikings' 28-10 loss on Sunday.
Less than three minutes had gone by on the game clock and Minnesota had gained the advantage...
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...
The Vikings had breakdowns in several statistical categories, living up to Jared Allen’s assessment of how games in Chicago usually go for the Vikings. Plus, receivers dropped numerous passes with Jerome Simpson leading the way, and the playoffs are still very much a possibility after Sunday afternoon’s results.
These are the types of hits that the NFL is trying to get removed from the game. Louis had no idea that Allen was there and Allen launched himself at Louis, trying to blow him up. Leaving his feet for this block is not only unnecessary but extremely dirty. Had Allen not left his feet, I would be okay with this hit, but the fact that he targets Louis’ head is a huge problem...
In an effort to stop a two-game slide, the Bears will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. We go over everything Chicago must do on both sides of the ball to pick up the win.
The Vikings will have to take advantage of the weak offensive tackles trotted out by the Bears. The sacks surrendered by each of the tackles and the replacement moves on the offensive line tell the story, putting Jared Allen and Brian Robison in the spotlight for big games.
Leslie Frazier was critical of the Vikings’ numerous dropped passes Sunday, saying it would be an emphasis in this week’s preparation for the Green Bay Packers.
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Chicago Bears (7-3)
Jay Cutler might be the most undervalued player in the NFL. In the last 2 seasons, when he starts, the Bears are 14-5 and score 26.8 points per game. When he doesn’t, they are 1-6 and average just 13.1 points per game. That isn’t all him. For instance, Matt Forte missed a few of those games as well and Caleb Hanie, who started 5...