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Special Teams Miscues and Letdowns on Defense Equal Ugly 48-41 Loss to Bears

Remember when the Vikings defense and special teams were supposed to be the strong point of their 2008 team?  Sure didn’t look that way Sunday in Chicago vs the Bears.  While the defense wasn’t the only one to blame, the Vikings were stunned by Chicago in a NFC North matchup 48-41.

The team allowed 327 yards to the Bears, and also allowed two special teams scores that made it look more like a preseason game than a week seven matchup between two teams that are fighting for the top spot in the division.  Gus Frerotte didn’t help by throwing four picks, but he did try his best to keep the team in the game with 298 yards on 25-for-40 passing with two scores.

Adrian Peterson had a big day on the ground for the Vikings, as he ran for 121 yards and two scores and 5.4 yards per carry.  There is a through that maybe he didn’t get the ball enough, but with it being as wide open as it was he did end with 22 carries. Kyle Orton was on for the Bears, throwing for 283 yards on 21-for-32 passing with two scores and a QB rating of 114.5.

The Vikings two big miscues on special teams were key.  First with the game tied at 7, Chris Kluwe bobbled a punt, then after the kick was at first blocked, he kicked it rolling on the ground.  Garrett Wolfe picked up what ended up being like a ground ball and took it 17 yards for the score to make it 14-7 Chicago.

The second mistake on a punt return came when Charles Gordon touched a punt inside the five by mistake, then it rolled in the end zone and Zackary Bowman fell on it for another easy Bears score to turn a 17 all game into a 24-17 Chicago lead.  Take away those two awful scores for the Bears, and the Vikings are 4-3 instead of 3-4.

That does not take away from the lack of defense, which could have, and should have been better.  This is a unit that was touted as the best in the division, and maybe one of the best in the NFC.  Instead, they allowed too many big plays and even allowed a Orton to Marty Booker 51-yard pass and catch for a score.

The Vikings return home Sunday to take on the Houston Texans at 1pm.

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