Three things needed to change for the Vikings to turn their late season fortunes around against the Bears:
1. Better tackling.
2. Better run blocking.
3. More offensive rhythm overall.
Fail, fail and fail.
The first half vs. the Bears looked a lot like the second half against the Panthers. The running game couldn’t get going for the Vikes. The defense gave up too many big plays. Brett Favre got pressured. Basically, everything went wrong.
Meanwhile, the Bears overcame their own ineptitude and racked up 16 points. They finally found the formula for winning with Jay Cutler:
Play a team that appears mentally drained, physically beaten and generally outwitted.
I don’t know what the Vikings can do to get it back in the second half. Their offensive and defensive lines are simply getting beaten, again. Even a wizard would have a hard time fixing that.