Vikes not so Special
In the shootout loss to the Bears was a rollercoaster ride most of the game. What really hurt the Vikes were the special teams. It was pathetic to see what Vikes had planned for Hester on kickoffs, it was to kick it to the 30 yard line so the Bears would have great field position every drive. Considering that the average starting field position was on their own 46 yard line. The punting units were not much better either. The two blundering really costed the Vikes the game. The two plays were:
· Chris Kluwe dropped a snap and had his punt blocked. He then attempted an illegal kick, and Garrett Wolfe returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.
· Charles Gordon mishandled a punt by Brad Maynard when he tried to block Bowman. Instead, the ball hit him and Bowman recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown that gave Chicago a 24-17 lead.
Captain Neck hair in a Passing Frenzy
It also did not help the Vikes ”pass defense” made Kyle Orton look like the second coming of Peyton Manning or something. With the stats he put against the Vikes he completed 21 of 32 passes for 283 yards and 2 TD passes. The Vikes defense could not stop Orton from picking them apart much of the game. The Vikes pass rush was nonexistent when it was much needed. The line contained the Vikes front 4 most of the game. Jared Allen had 2 sacks and a forced fumble that was about all the pressure the Orton felt.
Gus or Bust
Sure Gus Frerotte passed for nearly 400 yards and two TD passes against a raw and banged up Bears secondary. The problem was is he threw 4 interception (1 nearly going the distance). Sure Gus is a better decision maker the T-Jack was. The issue with him is that his accuracy is a big issue. There is a reason why is a journeyman QB, that has been with 7 different teams. Gus is a #2 QB, but heis the best we have right now. He has extreme highs and lows. The received lit up the secondary most of the game. Berrian had six receptions for 81 yards and a 5-yard touchdown catch. The Vikes had the Ball with a minute left with the score 41-48. On the second play of the drive his pass was intercepted to end the game.
Adrian Peterson did what he does best run the ball. He rushed for 121 yards on 22 carries and 2 TDS(1,54). He displayed another great performance this season. Peterson hit the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his 21st career game, tying him for third fastest to reach that milestone in NFL history.