Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) evades Chicago Bears safety Craig Steltz (20) and scores a touchdown in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
The first half between the Vikings and Bears was a story of good defense or bad offense, depending on how you want to look at it. Neither team was exactly inspiring on the offensive side of the ball, but the Vikes did manage to get one big play, a 33-yard TD run by Cordarrelle Patterson to account for their only score.
Adrian Peterson was unable to bust any really big runs, but did manage 72 yards in the half. Christian Ponder was pretty bad, throwing for only 40 yards on 3-of-8 passing before leaving with an apparent concussion late in the second quarter. Ponder was under assault by the Bears’ defense all half, which didn’t exactly help the offensive production.
Defensively, the Vikings are getting good performances from Xavier Rhodes and Brian Robison. Chad Greenway has also contributed a sack. Josh McCown has not been particularly strong. The Bears offense has been able to move the ball but has bogged down in the red zone, leading to only six points.
You would have expected a more inspired effort by the Bears considering what is on the line for them in this game. The Vikings aren’t exactly playing loose but they are at least playing halfway decently at least on defense. The Bears will have to wake up in the second half to avoid falling to 6-6.