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Vikings Run Over Bears for First Place in North 34-14

The Chicago Bears were run over by the Minnesota Vikings, 34-14, Sunday night in the friendly confines of the Metrodome.

Rookie Matt Forte had 125 yards from scrimmage on 26 touches while Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes and accrued 153 yards in the air, completing 11 of his 29 pass attempts. Forte’s 96 yards on the ground put him over the 1,000 yard mark, making him the fourth rusher in Chicago Bears history to accomplish the feat.

Devin Hester proved that relinquishing kick-return duties to Daniel Manning was a good thing. Hester provided a spark for his team when he took a short pass from Orton and turned it into a 65-yard touchdown reception.

The defense answered the call by holding the Vikings to just one field goal in their next five possessions. There were Bears defenders in the backfield of nearly every play, which amounted to a sack a piece for Alex Brown and Tommy Harris and many more stops behind the line of scrimmage.

The Chicago defense was a menacing force, keeping Frerotte on his toes the whole first quarter. The veteran quarterback played like a frightened rookie at the start of the contest. He short-changed his receivers and released multiple passes early in an attempt to avoid being sacked.

All was well in Chicago until eighth-year defensive end Adewale Ogunleye made a rookie mistake. The defensive end came around Frerotte’s blindside and knocked the unsuspecting quarterback to the ground well after he released the pass. There was no penalty on the play, surprisingly, and Gus laid idle for long enough that the referees called an injury timeout.

The Bears forced a 3-and-out on the following Minnesota possession and were handed a gift by Viking defensive back Benny Sapp.

After a failed third down conversion that would have forced the Bears to punt, Sapp committed a personal foul when he struck a Bears receiver in the head. The 15 yards set up a 26-yard run by Matt Forte, his long for the night, which left Chicago on the 1-yard line. Four straight plays yielded zero yards and the Minnesota Vikings took the ball and never looked back.

A franchise known historically for its defense did not live up to the billing on this night. The Bears allowed runningback Adrian Peterson to notch his 13th 100-yard game of his young career. Chicago let journeyman quarterback Gus Frerotte to throw for over two hundred yards. And the defensive backfield let history happen on their watch when former Bear, Bernard Berrian streaked downfield to catch a bomb for a 99-yard touchdown pass.

Chicago has to right the ship if they plan to make a serious run at the post-season and it will start next weekend when the Jacksonville Jaguars come to Chicago for what is sure to be an exciting football game.

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2 Responses to “Vikings Run Over Bears for First Place in North 34-14”

  1. Don says:

    I don’t know what game you watched, but they didn’t play in Soldier Field, they played last nights game in the Metrodome. Get your facts straight.

  2. Landis says:

    Yea, I realized I wrote the wrong stadium too late. I got it right in this one, though.

    Thanks for catching that.

    Have Fun.

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