After awhile in Sunday’s game, you just got the feeling that it wasn’t the Minnesota Vikings‘ day. Every time the momentum seemed to swing their way, it would quickly swing right back to the Chicago Bears. The end result was a convincing victory for Chicago and many lingering concerns for Minnesota.
Truthfully, there’s no one area or person that deserves all the blame for the Vikings’ fifth loss of the season. There’s a lot of blame to go around after this one. You could in fact make an argument for many things being the reason for defeat, but here are a few things I could think of:
-Adrian Peterson uncharacteristically fumbled twice.
-Receivers kept dropping passes, specifically Jerome Simpson.
-Defense was unable to stop Brandon Marshall.
-Offense was unable to score in the red zone.
That’s just a few things off the top of my head.
The reality is that a team that’s not overly talented like the Vikings, can ill afford to have that many things go wrong on the road against a tough Bears team. Minnesota needed to play a nearly perfect game to come out with a win Sunday, and they were pretty far from perfect.
To top it all off, two key players left with concussions: Harrison Smith and Kyle Rudolph.
Add those injuries to Percy Harvin‘s ankle, and you have a team that could be in real trouble heading to Green Bay next weekend.
Harvin’s absence was very noticeable Sunday, as the Vikings lacked play-making ability in the passing game. People will criticize Christian Ponder, but he was on the money most of the day, and receivers were just flat out dropping passes. Ponder clearly misses his favorite target, and for the Vikings to have any chance of rebounding next week, Harvin will have to be back at near 100%. Unfortunately at this point, that seems very unlikely.
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