For those of you that watched the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears clash on Sunday afternoon from Soldier Field, you were treated to one bizarre contest. This one had it all, including a lot of sloppiness. You can chalk a lot of that up to the field conditions and rainy weather, but there’s definitely a lot more to the story.
It seemed like every time the Vikings got the momentum, made a big play or took the lead, the Bears had an answer. That often came in the form of Devin Hester, who had a banner day in the return game. In total, Hester burned the Vikings for 249 yards on kickoff returns and was the x-factor that the Bears needed him to be.
But despite all the up-and-down play and three turnovers, Minnesota found themselves with a six-point lead in the final minutes of the game. The defense needed just to keep Chicago out of the end zone to score a huge road win, and they just couldn’t pull it off. Overall, the Vikings weren’t able to put it all together. There were a lot of things that should encourage fans and then also plenty for them to shake their heads at.
All is not lost, though, despite the fact that Minnesota sits at 0-2 and in last place in the NFC North. This is a team that clearly hasn’t played its best football yet. Week one was really sloppy, week two was a little less sloppy and now with the Cleveland Browns coming to Minneapolis in week three, the Vikings have a chance to connect all the dots and gain some positive momentum heading forward.
There isn’t one glaring weakness on the team, but you could make an argument that it’s at quarterback. It’s easy to bash Christian Ponder, but he wasn’t the sole reason the Vikings lost to the Bears. It was a team loss. Minnesota has yet to put all its working parts together. If they can do it soon, the season won’t be lost.