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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, October 03, 2010 at 10:43:00 PM

Bears sacked into submission

The Vikings spent the weekend off and saw one of their NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers, survive at home against the Detroit Lions in a two-point win. But Sunday night ended the undefeated streak for the Bears, who fell to 3-1 after losing at the New York Giants 17-3.

The statistics that mattered most: 10 sacks by the Giants, nine of those coming in the first half. That will be something for former Vikings coach Mike Tice, now the offensive line coach in Chicago, to address.

The 10 sacks surrendered were the most allowed by the Bears since sacks became an official stat in the in 1963, according to NBC. Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game with an apparent concussion in the second quarter. Backup Todd Collins was also knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter after taking a shot to his back and having his head snap back before going hard to the turf.

The Bears will not only be dealing with their first loss of the season, but the injuries at quarterback will be something to watch this week.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, October 03, 2010 at 3:30:00 PM

Packers survive Lions at Lambeau

Somehow, the Packers survived two interceptions from Aaron Rodgers and two fumbles lost by Jordy Nelson to win 28-26 in Lambeau Field. Oh, that's right, they were playing the Lions.

The Vikings were able to beat the Lions on Mall of America Field 24-10 last Sunday, but the Packers needed their defense to stiffen on the Lions' last drive and avoid Detroit getting into field goal position, and Green Bay needed its offense to run out the final six minutes of the game. They got both and thereby advanced to 3-1 for the season. That puts Green Bay 2½ games ahead of the 1-2 Vikings, who return to action in eight days to play the New York Jets, who blew out Buffalo 38-14 Sunday.

The Vikings have to wait until the Sunday night game to see if the Bears remain undefeated to make the NFC North even tougher. The Bears (3-0) are at the New York Giants for the Sunday night game.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, October 01, 2010 at 5:48:00 PM

Edwards fined $10,000

Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards is $10,000 lighter this week after a pair of fines from the NFL stemming from the Vikings' 24-10 win over the Detroit Lions.

Edwards was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness – "he unnecessarily shoved his opponent," the league said. Edwards was the only player fined from the third-quarter scuffle that ensued after Jared Allen said he was speared by quarterback Shaun Hill.

Edwards also was levied another $5,000 fine for roughing the passer when he struck Hill "in the head area," according to the league.

Vikings center Ryan Cook was also fined $5,000 for an illegal clip, welcoming him back into the offensive line rotation.

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