Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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 over the hometown Bears because of a Matt Forte fumble and Chad Greenway recovery. The Vikings were in scoring position on third-and-four when Ponder let that pass go to Simpson, the offseason free-agent signee who was expected to have a big impact this season. Then Simpson dropped the pass, with the ball going straight through his hands and deflecting off his shoulder pads for what would have been a first down in the red zone. Instead, the Vikings had to settle for a Blair Walsh 40-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead. Little did Simpson, Ponder and the team know the drop would set the tone for the rest of the ...
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