Vikings' Playoff Hopes Disappear With 27-13 Loss to the Bears

It wasn’t meant to be today for the Vikings at Soldier Field.  Offensively they could never get anything going.  Adrian Peterson had his worst game of the year running the ball, and hurt the passing game with a couple of terrible plays, including a slip that allowed Lance Briggs to pick off a Brett Favre pass.  The passing game overall was clearly hurt by the lack of front-line receivers.  The Vikings’ only legit wide-out, Percy Harvin, was bottled up by the Bears defense except for one long pass play where the safety never got over to help, leaving Harvin wide open.  Then Harvin’s day got worse when he was injured on a kick return.  Defensively, after giving Jay Cutler too much time in the first half, the front-four finally started to get some pressure on the Bears’ quarterback, who rewarded the Vikings’ efforts by throwing a terrible interception in the end zone to open the door a crack.  Unfortunately, Cutler’s mistakes and the Bears’ numerous bad penalties were not capitalized upon.  The Vikings would end the game with four turnovers, all by Brett Favre.  Peterson would manage only 51 yards on 17 carries.  The redzone offense was bad for the Vikings again today, the run blocking was sub-par, the defense was spotty and the special teams coverage was lousy, allowing Devin Hester a pair of long returns.  Today’s loss was a total team effort.

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