PASSING OFFENSE: D — Brett Favre completed his first six passes, but it was all downhill from there, as the quarterback finished 18 of 30 for 170 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a subpar 44.5 passer rating. The Vikings remained without wide receiver Sidney Rice, and Bernard Berrian decided he couldn't play shortly before the game when he aggravated a groin injury. That meant an expanded role for veteran Greg Lewis, who caught only one pass for 13 yards. Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe and Adrian Peterson each had four receptions, and Harvin's 53-yard touchdown catch marked the Vikings' first pass play of more than 40 yards this season. Favre's three picks weren't entirely his fault, coming on a tipped ball and after Peterson and Shiancoe slipped on the turf at Soldier Field. Favre was not sacked for only the second time this season.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D — Peterson has had some big days at Soldier Field, but Sunday was a day to forget. He had a season-low 51 yards on 17 carries (3.0 average) as the Vikings were held to only 70 yards on the ground. The Bears almost completely neutralized Peterson in the second half, holding him to 14 yards on eight rushing attempts. Chicago, which was ranked third in the NFL against the rush entering Sunday, appeared to make a defensive adjustment after the first 30 minutes because what little running room was there appeared to completely disappear.
PASS DEFENSE: C-minus — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was intercepted twice by safety Husain Abdullah, but he also threw for 237 yards with three touchdown passes in the victory. Cutler repeatedly went at the Vikings' right side, which featured either rookie Chris Cook or veteran Lito Sheppard at cornerback. This has become a common theme with Cedric Griffin out for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Teams are simply not throwing at starting left cornerback Antoine Winfield, who moves inside on passing downs. Cook got the start at the right corner on Sunday, and Sheppard played that position in the nickel defense as Cook would move to the left corner and Winfield would cover the slot receiver.
RUSH DEFENSE: C — The Bears were ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing offense entering the game but still managed to gain 130 yards on 38 carries as a team. That was the second-most yards given up by the Vikings this season. The Jets went for 155 yards on Oct. 11 at the new Meadowlands. Matt Forte led the way with 69 yards on 21 attempts, and former Viking Chester Taylor had 33 yards on 11 carries. The Vikings' run defense had moved up to seventh in the league before the game, but the unit isn't nearly as effective as it has been in recent seasons. Nose tackle Pat Williams is starting to show wear and tear in his 14th season, meaning a key part of the run defense isn't operating at peak efficiency.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D — The Vikings were without safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring), and they lost safety Eric Frampton (hamstring) during the course of this game. Those losses did not help matters, as the Bears' Devin Hester had another big return game against the Vikings. Hester averaged 23.5 yards on two punt returns and 50 yards on two kickoff runbacks. This was one reason Chicago's average starting field position for the game was its own 44-yard line. Ryan Longwell made two field goals but had a 39-yard attempt hit the left upright in part because the swirling wind at Soldier Field played havoc with the kicking game. Punter Chris Kluwe averaged a season-low 32.3 net yards.
COACHING: D — The Vikings did little to help Brad Childress' job security, as they appeared to be a disinterested team for much of Sunday's game. Even worse was that it occurred in a game that was the first of back-to-back meetings with NFC North opponents. The Packers visit Mall of America Field on Sunday, and if the Vikings play the same type of game, they figure to get blown out. Would that be it for Childress? It's hard to say. Owner Zygi Wilf has given no indication that he plans to make a coaching change, but in many ways, it appears players might have tuned out their head coach at this point.
Grading the game: Bears
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