PASSING OFFENSE: D — Brett Favre led the Vikings to an opening-drive touchdown — it was capped by Percy Harvin's 23-yard scoring catch — but that was one of the few highlights for a passing game that combined for 192 yards between Brett Favre and Joe Webb. The rookie replaced Favre after he was knocked out of the game in the second quarter when he was slammed to the turf at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus by Bears defensive end Corey Wootton. Favre (one) and Webb (two) combined to throw three interceptions, were sacked four times and had a 49.1 passer rating. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe led the Vikings with six receptions and Harvin had a team-leading 72 yards on five catches.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C — With running back Adrian Peterson out because of a bruised thigh, Toby Gerhart started and rushed for 77 yards on 16 carries. However, Gerhart had 68 of those yards on 12 first-half carries as the Vikings fell way behind in the second half and had to throw the ball. The athletic Webb used his scrambling ability to gain 38 yards on six carries, including a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Gerhart did lose a fumble, the third time this season that has happened.
PASS DEFENSE: D — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for only 194 yards but that did not tell the story of the night for the Vikings pass defense. What was revealing was the fact that Cutler had three touchdown passes that went for 67 (Johnny Knox), 15 (Devin Hester) and 9 (Rashied Davis) yards. The touchdown to Knox really put a dagger in the Vikings, although it came in the first quarter. Following two Bears' penalties, Chicago faced a first-and-30 from its own 33. Knox was bumped off the line of scrimmage by cornerback Lito Sheppard, who then released the wide receiver to safety Madieu Williams. The problem was that Williams took a terrible angle on Knox and Cutler found him deep down the right sideline for the score. That made it 10-7 Chicago and the Bears would never trail again.
RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus — There was a time when it was news if the Vikings gave up 100 yards rushing to an opposing team. Those days are long gone. Chicago running back Matt Forte rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries and the Bears finished with 104 yards on 33 attempts. That was an improvement on last week when the Vikings gave up 213 rushing yards to the New York Giants.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus — Devin Hester again gave the Vikings coverage units nightmares. He opened the second half with a 79-yard return to the Vikings 6-yard line. That set up a 23-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. Hester then returned a Chris Kluwe punt 64 yards for a touchdown after the Vikings' next possession. Kluwe had his hands full trying to punt in the elements of TCF Bank Stadium and finished with a gross average of 32.7 yards and net average of 21.5. Lorenzo Booker handled eight kickoffs for the Vikings and averaged 19.6 yards.
COACHING: D — Leslie Frazier won his first two games as interim head coach over Washington and Buffalo — teams that are a combined 9-19 — giving hope that the Vikings could at least salvage something from this season after Brad Childress was fired. However, the Vikings clearly have packed it in in the past two games, losing by a combined 61-17 to the New York Giants and Chicago. The players seem to like Frazier but for whatever reason he is no longer getting the necessary performance to keep them competitive. Giving up 40 points at home certainly isn't what Frazier planned on when he took over the Vikings with six games left.
Grading the game: Bears
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