The Bears were absolutely terrible against the Packers this last Sunday night. Which is how I knew that the Vikings would lose today.
Evidence: the Vikings cannot beat the Bears as of late. The Vikings look lethargic historically coming off of a bye. The Bears just got completely embarrassed on the national stage. The Bears are likely angry. Matt Kalil is a still a starter. A terrible recipe for a non-fun Sunday of football.
The Vikings’ defense looked slow and slightly incompetent during the first half. They couldn’t stop a 3rd down conversion if their lives depended on it. I’d love to say it was different during the second half, but I cannot. The Vikings offense was disgusting. And I say that as a fan with decades of history with this team.
I could keep going, but let’s just break this down and get it over with.
- Captain Munnerlyn had an interception.
- Harrison Smith had an interception.
- Fake punt. I hate Priefer, but that was inspired.
- There was a Cordarrelle Patterson sighting. 17 yard pass from Bridgewater. And immediately following, a 2nd pass to Patterson. It’s like stupid Norv Turner suddenly realized Patterson existed on the roster.
- Vikings appear to have penalties under control, for the most part.
- The Vikings had 10 first downs. The Bears? 24. Twenty. Four.
- Late in the 4th, the Vikings converted a 3rd down for the first time in the game. Naturally, it was called back for #82 holding. And, of course, the Vikings couldn’t convert after the penalty. BUT… they didn’t convert the 4th down with pass. Somehow. The first positive on offense for the game (which is still the bad part).
- Bridgewater found a rhythm late in the 4th quarter. Of course, it was too late to matter and ended with with an interception. Par for the course.
- The Vikings couldn’t do a thing with the Munnerlyn and Smith interceptions.
- Josh Robinson continually getting beat by the receivers. This is an on-going theme.
- Teddy Bridgewater never throwing for more than 5 yards.
- The offensive line. See also “the Ugly”
- The game ended on a Bridgewater interception that was pointless and unnecessary.
- Vikings’ 3rd down efficiency: 18%. The Bears? FIFTY EIGHT. 58%.
- Time of Possession: Vikings – 21:22, Bears – 38:38. That’s right – the Vikings had the ball for about 1.5 quarters out of 4. Think about that.
- Tackling fundamentals. STILL an issue for the 3rd season in a row.
- Matt Kalil. How is this guy not benched? Put a capuchin monkey in there. At least then there’d be a reason Teddy has no protection.
- Inability to stop 3rd down conversions on defense.
- Inability to convert 3rd downs on offense.
- The Vikings had 23 yards of offense in the 3rd quarter.
- The Bears just kept converting 4th downs. Because our defense couldn’t stop anything or tackle anyone.
- Being asked to watch a team that is terrible year after year when the General Manager is not held accountable for things like… TERRIBLE QB draft choices, personnel decisions that are non-sensical and general ineptitude. Rick Spielman needs to go. Let’s all agree that the Vikings have been terrible since 2010. And the ONE common denominator from a leadership perspective is Rick Spielman.
So that’s it for another week Vikings fans. The Vikings had a chance for a division win against a downtrodden team but instead, like they usually do, the Vikings handed the Bears a division win. Am I the only one sick of seeing this level of mediocrity coming from the Vikings? I’m so tired of starting every season hopeful and having that team completely demoralize me by week 8. I wish I could say I enjoy watching this team, but I don’t. And I haven’t for a long time.
All that to say – see you next week, Vikings fans. When the Vikings take a thumpin’ by the Packers. Not even doing a survey this week. We all know the Vikings are looking at another loss.