Bears-Vikings Notes

MINNEAPOLIS _ Adewale Ogunleye made the types of defensive plays the Bears expected when they signed him to a $33.4 million deal and traded wide receiver Marty Booker for his rights.

Ogunleye produced a sack and caused fumble-prone quarterback Daunte Culpepper to cough up the football for a drive-killing play in the first quarter. The Vikings retained possession on the third-and-11 play, but it left Minnesota a 46-yard field goal that Morten Andersen booted wide left.

Later in the same quarter, Ogunleye ripped the ball right out of running back Onterrio Smith's hands as he fell to the turf at the Vikings' 10-yard line, setting the Bears up for an easy field goal.

"Today was just another step in getting better for me personally, but all that stuff doesn't matter unless we get these "Ws,'' Ogunleye said.

NOTHING SPECIAL
The Bears' defense had fought through Minnesota's offensive pressure and its own offense's inability to score in the red zone, but linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer wasn't about to brag about their effort after Minnesota rang up 350 net passing yards and 443 yards net for the game.

"We made them punt one time,'' Hillenmeyer said. ""I mean if that's the only stat you see, then we're not doing our job as a defense.''

NEVER MIND
Bears coach Lovie Smith avoided blowing his stack after officials waved off a pass interference call in the second quarter.

Wide receiver David Terrell was hit by Vikings defensive back Terrance Shaw just as he reached for the ball on third down at the Bears' 35. The penalty flag flew. After a lengthy discussion, officials took away the penalty.

It wasn't the only controversial call that went against the Bears. On a two-point pass as the Bears tried to draw within 20-17, Minnesota's defensive end Kenny Mixon ran offsides three or four steps. The pass went incomplete, but officials did not see the penalty. Minnesota then answered that Bears score with a TD march and locked up the win.

"Explanation-wise, you seldom see an official change a call,'' Smith said. ""Really, when you start screaming at them, it is making you feel better but they are not going to change much.''

QUICK HITS
Vikings kicker Morten Andersen set an NFL record for appearances with 341, breaking the record of former Bear and Raider George Blanda. . . . Mendota, IL native Bill Brown, a former Vikings fullback, was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime.

INJURY UPDATE
Safety Bobby Gray suffered a shoulder stinger in the game and was replaced by Cameron Worrell in the nickel coverage scheme.

Tight end Desmond Clark aggravated an ankle injury he had suffered Friday and wore a boot cast after the game in the locker room.


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