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Purple Reign: Vikings Run it Up on Hopeless Bears

Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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Doesn't Prince look excited?

Dearly Beloved... We are gathered here today to get this thing called life. Let's go crazy!
The Bears rolled over and played dead for the Vikings like good little boys on Sunday as we all expected.  The game was not nearly as close as the 36-10 score would indicate.  The Vikings thoroughly beat the Bears in just about all facets of the game.  Let's review the lowlights:

  • Jay Cutler added to his league-leading interception total with two more picks.  He now has 20.  During the game, one of my guys texted me asking what the single season interception record is. In case you're wondering, George Blanda tossed 42 picks.  There are only 5 games left, so it will be tough, but I think Cutler can do it. 
  • The Bears made it through the entire game without a rushing first down.  It was the first time they accomplished this in franchise history.  Franchise history.  Since 1920. 
  • The Bears allowed 537 yards of total offense to the Vikings.  That's the worst defensive performance since 1982.  That covers the Ditka, Wannstedt. Jauron and Love Smith eras. 
  • The Bears gained 2 yards in the second half.  Two.  Yards.  In the whole half.  Rock meet bottom.
  • The Vikings converted 12/18 third downs.  That's 67% for those who don't do math. Good defenses let up a percentage somewhere in the 30% range.  The Bears, though, are not a good defense.  Any questions?
  • With the Bears down 24-7, Johnny Knox returns the opening 2nd half kickoff down to the 8 yard line.  The Bears proceed to drive negative 12 yards to set up a Robbie Gould field goal.  Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 Chicago Bears. 
  • Johnny Knox fumbled a kick return midway through the 2nd quarter while the Vikings were on their 24 point 2nd quarter scoring run.  Lovie Smith challenged the play when it was PLAIN AS DAY that Knox was not down when he coughed the ball up.  It was so clear, Aikman and Buck were laughing at Lovie in the booth.  Whoever makes that call needs to be fired today.  Don't even let him get on the team charter back to Chicago.  What is the Bears record on challenges this season? 



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