The Minnesota Vikings fell to 6-5 and the Chicago Bears improved to 8-3, but more importantly, the Vikings are now two games out of first place and will likely have to set their sights on the NFC Wildcard race for the playoffs. The Vikings were the first to score with a field goal, but following that they weren’t able to do anything as they gave up 25 unanswered points to the Bears.
In the loss, the Vikings offense struggled to move the ball, despite Adrian Peterson’s six yards per carry with 108 yards on 18 carries. Those are solid stats, but Peterson didn’t reach the end zone, lost one fumble, and his production just wasn’t enough today.
Christian Ponder didn’t have a great game, he completed only 22 of his 43 attempts, and threw for only 159 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The touchdown didn’t was very insignificant, the score didn’t occur until the fourth quarter, and only narrowed the lead to 15 points.
This was a game where Percy Harvin was sorely missed, his skills bring the Vikings offense to another level and opens up the running game for Peterson. He was doubtful for today and ruled out on Saturday night. The Vikings are hopeful that he will be available next week when they travel to Green Bay, but nothing is certain yet.