Quarterback Chris Chandler had to be happy he somehow survived with limbs intact after being sacked six times for 30 yards in losses. Other than that, the only positives the Bears squeezed out of the game came on a goal-line stand they made in the third quarter and a 27-yard fourth-quarter TD pass from Chandler to Marty Booker.
Both were no more meaningful than the remaining nine games on the Bears' schedule.
"Not a lot of positive things occurred in that game," Jauron said
The Bears' defense was so bad it transformed a Vikings offense, which hasn't been able to get rid of the ball fast enough into a ball-control machine that ate up 41 minutes and three seconds. The Bears' offense was so bad they came up with only 16 completions and had two interceptions against a 31st-ranked Viking pass defense that had only four interceptions all year.
The breakdown was complete this time as punt coverage allowed a 57-yard Nick Davis return to set up a 24-yard Gary Anderson field goal just before halftime for a 13-0 Minnesota lead.
"This is getting ridiculous, and its getting redundant after a while because the same things just continue to happen and happen," linebacker Rosevelt Colvin said.
It happened against the Bears' defense to the tune of 216 yards passing on 22-of-29 by Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, 106 yards rushing on 29 carries by running back Michael Bennett and 119 yards receiving on nine catches by Randy Moss.
"They got confident as the game went on," defensive end Phillip Daniels said. "I don't think they thought they could do that when they first got on the field. But as they kept moving the ball on us and doing things they did on defense, they got more and more confidence.
"It started building."
The Bears' defense had trouble responding to adversity in the first half.
Quarterback Chris Chandler (15-of-25, 176 yards) had moved the Bears to Minnesota's 46. Trailing 3-0 after Anderson's 44-yard second-quarter field goal, Chandler threw for wide receiver Marty Booker on a third-and-six slant. However, Booker ran the route too deep, according to Jauron, and Vikings middle linebacker Greg Biekert stepped up for the interception.
The interception triggered a 57-yard drive to Moe Williams' 1-yard, fourth-down TD plunge. Minnesota gained 37 yards rushing on that possession on the way to becoming the sixth opponent to outrush the Bears this season.
"Our main goal was to run the ball against them," Culpepper said. "I knew if we did that then everything else would come together. Our offensive linemen did a good job today.
"They were always running two-deep (coverage) at Randy (Moss) and it would be hard to throw the deep ball."
But they did that in the second half anyway. Moss got behind Reggie Austin in one of the few instances where the Bears' coverage did not include safety support. The 39-yard TD pass on Minnesota's first possession of the second half turned the game into a blowout, 20-0.
"We had two situations that we didn't roll up (coverage) on him," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "One of them they found. That's the thing -- whenever you deal with him it's like defusing a bomb. If you do one little thing wrong it's going to go off."
Armed with the big lead, Minnesota's defense brought its man-to-man coverage up even tighter and blitzed almost every pass. They eventually knocked Chandler down enough that Jauron finally had seen enough and let Henry Burris finish the last few possessions of the game.
"They were playing a lot tighter today versus when they were playing the Jets last week," Chandler said. "They were soft (last week), giving all kinds of things last week, and didn't blitz much.
"Now, at home, with the noise and a little advantage on their side, they tightened up coverage a little bit and blitzed a lot more. They had a whole different game plan this week and it showed."
The Vikings' defense, which had given up 185 points in six games, was largely responsible for the rest of the team's points.
Alex Brown's forced fumble at the 1 on Culpepper had stopped a Vikings TD drive but left the Bears backed up on their own 1 in the third quarter. Anthony Thomas got stuffed in the end zone for a safety, then the Vikings drove to a 24-yard Anderson field goal after the ensuing free kick.
Tied for last place or second, at 2-5 in the NFC North, the Bears' goal is now much more realistic than getting back into the wild card hunt.
"We've just got to get better, get a lot better to compete," Jauron said. "There's still a lot of games left."
Jauron meant his last comment about the schedule as a positive.
There are many that would argue it's a negative after Sunday's embarrassment.