Mayhem in Minnesota

After an overtime loss to the Lions last week things didn't look like they could get any worse for the Bears, but that was before a 25-7 drubbing at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.

The loss was so bad that Henry Burris finished the game for Chicago. Chris Chandler, who threw for 176 yards on 15-25 passing, had the win knocked out of him following a hit on a fourth quarter pass attempt.

The game started with an uneventful first quarter, which saw each team posses the ball once with each having sustained drives that resulted in no points.

The Vikings took the lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back. A 44-yard field goal by Gary Anderson put Minnesota up 3-0.

On the following possession Chandler tried to force the ball in to Marty Booker and the pass was picked off by Greg Biekert giving the Vikings the ball near midfield.

The Bears forced Minnesota into a fourth and goal from the one-yard line, but for a second straight week the defense couldn't turn away an opponent as Moe Williams just broke the plain of the endzone extending the lead to 10-0 with late in the first half.

As much success as Chandler had against the Lions in the two-minute last week he couldn't duplicate it against Minnesota. He completed just one pass and with consecutive misfires the Bears took little time off the clock and giving the Vikings offense one more shot.

A 46-yard punt by Brad Maynard didn't have a lot of hangtime and gave returner Nick Davis a lot of room to work with as he made his way up-field. Davis took the ball inside the Bears 20 with a 57-yard return and would have gone in for the score if Mike Brown hadn't brought him down.

Although, the Vikings put three more points up on another Anderson field goal the Bears kept Minnesota out of the endzone trailing by 13 at the half.

Trying to cut into the lead after some halftime adjustments the Bears went nowhere on their first possession of the second half.

Following a Maynard punt the Vikings moved inside Chicago territory and put the game out of reach with a 39-yard touchdown from Culpepper to Randy Moss, who had 119 yards receiving on receptions.

A Chandler fumble following a sack of the day gave the Vikings the ball deep in Bears territory. Culpepper appeared to going in for another touchdown, but was turned away when Alex Brown stripped the ball that Mike Green recovered the ball at the Bears one-yard line.

Anthony Thomas was stuffed in the endzone for a safety extending the blowout to 22-0 midway through the first quarter. Anderson's third field goal of the day gave the Vikings 25 unanswered points.

Marty Booker, who didn't catch a pass until the fourth quarter, cut the lead to 25-7 early in the fourth quarter with a 27-yard touchdown catch from Chandler.

However, the defense couldn't stop the Vikings ground game as Michael Bennett finished the day with 106 yards rushing on 29 attempts. Behind the ground attack the Vikings ran off nearly eight minutes of game clock ending any chance of a miracle comeback.

Chandler left the game following a tough hit, which allowed Henry Burris to see his first action in the NFL. Despite the change the result was same as the Bears took over on the Vikings 36-yard line following a blocked punt.

On his first play the ball slipped out of Burris' hand. Then he stumbled to the ground following the snap and then was picked off going to Ahmad Merritt.

The Bears haven't lost five straight games in a season since the last year of Dave Wannstedt when the club dropped six straight games. With Philadelphia looming next week the chances are the Bears will match that streak.


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