VU Daily Blog: Vikings vs. Bears

The Vikings finally got their first win on Sunday. Now what? We'll compile our tweets and blog entries from the lead-up to Week 6 here. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:15:00
Allen to face off against inexperience tackle: Defensive end Jared Allen, who is still on pace to set the NFL sa...
http://t.co/MYjq0B4p

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:15:00
Frazier could have argued for either QB: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is only hours from officially announcing h...
http://t.co/ACnpiTMX

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:37:00
NFL concerned about Vikings stadium stalemate: A top NFL executive said a stalemate over a Vikings stadium would...
http://t.co/H4oAxW99

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:06:00
Nope. Where did that one come from? RT @
Weinmann_15: @VikingUpdate did Jared Allen really get traded?!?!?

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:59:00
Vikings face challenge with red-hot Rodgers: The Vikings have struggled to defend the pass and are going up agai...
http://t.co/7pK5kpY0

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:59:00
Fine likely coming for Kevin Williams: Kevin Williams' shot to the chops of Chicago QB Jay Cutler will likely co...
http://t.co/Y08y4dzB

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:41:00
Further proof, if anymore is needed. RT @
_SportsTrust: Congrats to #Vikings client @cponder7 for earning the start for next week's game.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:51:00
Former #
Vikings CB trying out. RT @RavensInsider: CB Lito Sheppard is working out for the Raiders today, according to a league source.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:30:00
Added perspective/quotes to the Ponder story, including Frazier's anti-flip-flopping QB stance: 
http://t.co/XPYTQl7V#Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:20:00
Report: Ponder will start vs. Packers: The Vikings have made the move most expected after Monday's press confere...
http://t.co/KZa1CE5p

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:55:00
Christian Ponder will reportedly start against the Packers. Here is the story (comment below if inclined): 
http://t.co/xEl05OtX#Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:12:00
RT @
JasonLaCanfora: Leslie Frazier has made the change and notified those involved. Christian Ponder takes over as starter. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:02:00
RT @
Brian_Robison: Packer week. Stay with us, we will keep fighting. We aren't giving up any time soon. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 09:32:00
#
Vikings VP Steve LaCroix: "Only a limited number of single (solo) tickets remain available through Ticketmaster" for #Packers game Sunday.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:49:00
Cook, Griffin cornerbacks on different paths: Chris Cook has shown solid coverage skills this year after struggl...
http://t.co/hleHakEA

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:49:00
Grading the game: Bears: The Vikings were beaten physically and mentally Sunday night in Chicago and the grades ...
http://t.co/KJajIn7O

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:22:00
Notebook: McNabb not the only problem: The Vikings struggled all over the field Sunday night. Let us count the w...
http://t.co/aEK2lctu

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:53:00
RT @
andersonj: Gov. Dayton: "I intend to call a special session with an end date of Nov. 23...discussion limited to a 'People's Stadium.'"

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:29:00
Jared Allen on potential for Ponder: "If that's the decision that's made, then that's the decision they feel can help us win now." #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:27:00
#
Vikings DE Brian Robison's take: "If you're looking forward to 2012, then I say you leave this locker room, you come back in 2012."

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:44:00
Sanford suffers concussion, will be monitored: Hot News for FS Jamarca Sanford 
http://t.co/56rASXoi

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:44:00
Sullivan has a concussion: Hot News for C John Sullivan
http://t.co/SBH0avaN

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:44:00
Frazier, Vikings still contemplating switch at QB: Hot News for QB Donovan McNabb 
http://t.co/LEk7sWfx

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:44:00
Loadholt has tendinitis in knee: Hot News for OT Phil Loadholt
http://t.co/6EglcmN7

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:39:00
Still no decision on the #
Vikings QB decision.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:12:00
RT @
PatKessler: Dayton to propose #Vikings stadium plan to legislature today: "We're talking abt the next 50 years, not the next 10 games."

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 03:23:00
Photo Gallery: Vikings-Bears: Pictures from the Vikings' 39-10 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago
http://t.co/tUoJgtvf

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 02:44:00
Yotter: Time to look long-term for Vikings: The Vikings tried to make Donovan McNabb their bridge quarterback, b...
http://t.co/ZKn4J8Rw

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 02:08:00
Notebook: Bears became territorial: Just how bad was the Bears' domination Sunday night? They spent most of thei...
http://t.co/3JFYJaTe

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 00:23:00
Turning point: Six-pack of mistakes: The Vikings' own mess of mistakes cost them as much as anything in the firs...
http://t.co/55iFUVET

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 00:23:00
Record-seekers vs. Bears: Jared Allen tied a team record and moved up the NFL charts. Adrian Peterson, Percy Har...
http://t.co/EUjizOOv

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 23:07:00
McNabb: "I don't see it ending like this. It's tough. You're 1-5 at this particular point. I felt like we did a lot of great things today. "

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 23:02:00
Asked if he expected to start next week, Donovan McNabb answered: "Absolutely." #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 22:40:00
Leslie Frazier wouldn't commit to McNabb as his starter: ""We've got to sit down on Monday and talk about a lot of things." #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 22:03:00
So Christian Ponder went 5 of 10 for 58 yards on his first drive. Most impressive part was his ability to avoid pressure. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:53:00
Christian Ponder is in. Something to watch, at least. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:50:00
Robbie Gould connects from 22 yards out to give the #
Bears a 39-10 lead with 14:51 to play. Time to see if Ponder can do anything. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:43:00
Curious to see what Christian Ponder can do, but with two backup offensive linemen in the game and feeding frenzy could be tough. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:35:00
Robbie Gould hits from 26 yards out and the #
Bears now have a 36-10 lead over the #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:20:00
In all seriousness, why would you kick to Devin Hester straight away. Hester goes the distance against the #
Vikings for the fourth time.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:17:00
Adrian Peterson helps the #
Vikings capitalize on Jared Allen's strip sack. Peterson runs from 4 yards out for TD. #Bears 26, #Vikings 10.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:14:00
Pat Brown is in at right tackle for Phil Loadholt. Could be injury-related. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:12:00
Jared Allen gets to Cutler, strips the ball and recovers it. That's one sign of life. #
vikings

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011 AT 21:07:00

Soldier Field foibles continue for Vikings

The Vikings' inability to play solid football at Soldier Field continued in the first half Sunday night as they trailed 26-3 at the half.

Donovan McNabb's troubles were persistent as he skipped more passes and threw behind receivers and still ended up connecting on 15 of 19 passes for 138 yards and a 96.9 rating. But even some of McNabb's completed passes didn't give his receivers a chance for yards after the catch, and it was clear the Bears were going to make him beat them. They held Adrian Peterson to 16 yards on eight carries.

The defense and special teams was also to blame. Ryan Longwell missed a 38-yard field goal, Chris Kluwe had an 18-yard punt and Marcus Sherels fielded two punts inside the 10-yard line. And the defense couldn't create pressure on Jay Cutler as Chicago held in seven and eight players to protect and still found receivers open.

It added up to a halftime blowout with the Bears outgaining the Vikings 264 yards to 153.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:56:00
Thoughts? RT @
BryantMckinnie: @ dinner wit teammates & friends watching the Vikings & Bears game.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:56:00
Wow. A draw to Lorenzo Booker to end the half. #
Vikings down 26-3 with little hope in sight.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:52:00
Robbie Gould hits from 51 yards out to give the #
Bears a 26-3 lead nearing halftime. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:46:00
What a mess. Ryan Longwell can't can't make a 38-yard field goal. The hold looked fine. Just straight pull hook. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:33:00
Cutler hits Dane Sanzenbacher for a 13-yard touchdown and the Bears have a 23-3 lead. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:27:00
I'm not sure how much longer Leslie Frazier can stomach these low throws. Three-and-out with two low passes. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:15:00
Ryan Longwell hits a 37-yard field goal after a sustained drive from the #
Vikings #Bears lead 16-3.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:10:00
At the end of the first quarter, the #
Bears lead 16-0, but the #Vikings are on their first drive of more than three plays, in CHI territory.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 20:02:00
Marion Barber goes through a huge hole up the middle as Letroy Guion gets washed away on the 3-yard touchdown. #
Bears 16, #Vikings 0.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:53:00
#
Bears get a safety when Donovan McNabb lays down under pressure. Can't exactly say he fought to get out. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:51:00
So far, this is looking a lot like other #
Vikings #Bears games with Vikings mistakes -- fair catch on 5-yard line and dropped passes.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:43:00
RT @
johnkriesel: Wow. That drop would look interesting on film...

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:42:00
Bernard Berrian targeted there. He was open. He flat out dropped it. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:37:00
Cutler has too much time and hits Devin Hester for a 48-yard TD. Husain Abdullah overpursued. #
Bears 7, #Vikings 0.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 19:32:00
Bernard Berrian does not make the start for the #
VikingsJulius Peppers starts at RDE for the #Bears

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011 AT 18:12:00

Peppers active for Bears, Winfield inactive for Vikings

Last December, the Vikings changed Brett Favre's status from "out" on the injury report to "questionable" when they played the Chicago Bears. Favre did, indeed, start in that Monday night game after he wasn't able to practice the preceding week because of a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his throwing shoulder.

This time around, the Bears have made defensive end Julius Peppers a game-day active and he is expected to start after listing him as "doubtful" on the injury report. Like Favre last year, Peppers didn't practice for the Bears all week. "Doubtful" on the injury report means a 25 percent chance of playing, so Peppers' sprained knee must have healed significantly since Friday's "doubtful" designation.

Vikings left tackle Charlie Johnson said he was preparing all week as if Peppers would play, and now that preparation will come into play.

The Vikings listed cornerback Antoine Winfield as "doubtful" on their Friday injury report and he is inactive with a neck strain. Winfield didn't practice all week, either. Chris Cook will start in Winfield's place, just as he did last week.

Also inactive for the Vikings are CB Brandon Burton, S Mistral Raymond, LB Xavier Adibi, C Brandon Fusco, T DeMarcus Love and DE D'Aundre Reed.

That means that receiver Percy Harvin, listed as questionable with bruised ribs, will play, as Vikings coach Leslie Frazier expected on Friday. Harvin was fitted for some extra padding around the rib area on Friday.

Reciever Bernard Berrian is also back as a game-day active for the Vikings against his former team.

For the Bears, QB Nathan Enderle, S Chris Harris, T Gabe Carimi, DT Matt Toeaina, WR Earl Bennett, DE Nick Reed and DE Corey Wootton are inactive.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:02:00
#
Vikings LT Charlie Johnson said he was preparing as if Peppers would play. Now he is. RT @BradBiggs: Julius Peppers will start for #Bears

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:01:00
#
Vikings Inactives: CB Winfield, CB Burton, S Raymond, LB Adibi, C Fusco, T Love, DE Reed. Cook starting for Winfield. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:30:00
Harvin a leader? He explains: Percy Harvin is in only his third NFL season, but he's already becoming a leader, ...
http://t.co/rJWCvgGQ

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:30:00
Key matchup: Excelling ends vs. tepid tackles: The Vikings defensive line has been bringing the heat and the Bea...
http://t.co/QlFfUVSK

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:38:00
By the numbers: Vikings in prime time: The Vikings have been forced to go on the road more than their fair share...
http://t.co/p2TAWHB6

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 07:47:00
Sunday slant: Here today, gone next year: The combination of Donovan McNabb and Bernard Berrian may live for the...
http://t.co/xiuSYqE4

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 07:47:00
Stats favor Vikings; history favors Bears: The Vikings haven't done well in the past decade at Soldier Field, bu...
http://t.co/VI0rplei

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:59:00
Three coordinated challenges: Each of the Vikings' coordinators will have a unique challenge facing them and the... 
http://t.co/gjLgHS2N

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 10:22:00
Trade deadline approaches without fanfare: The NFL trade deadline is coming up in a few days, but there isn't mu...
http://t.co/RXm3K40o

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 10:22:00
Stats show inconsistency of receiver targets: Who is Donovan McNabb's go-to receiver? Good question, because he ...
http://t.co/kOShnxjX

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 09:06:00
Vikings-Bears game scout: Jay Cutler wants to get the ball out of his hand quicker and Jared Allen wants to get ...
http://t.co/wbByOCjc

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 07:51:00
On McNabb, it's balancing caution, aggression: Donovan McNabb could be feeling a little more pressure from withi...
http://t.co/0CQESFSq

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 07:51:00
Vikings-Bears game plan: In some ways, the Vikings could look to Detroit's Monday night game against the Chicago...
http://t.co/XLaKcKwu

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 17:49:00
Adrian Peterson won the FedEx Ground Player of the Week by a vote of fans for his three-TD, 122-yard effort. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:07:00
Notebook: Extra-padded Harvin likely to play: Percy Harvin will be wearing extra padding around his ribs, but he...
http://t.co/y1Jjbg9i

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:07:00
Johnson, Vikings prepped for Peppers: Vikings offensive tackle Charlie Johnson knew the injury report on Julius ...
http://t.co/Cp4GVB5d

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:22:00
#
Vikings injury report: Antoine Winfield (neck) is doubtful, Percy Harvin (ribs) is questionable. All others probable. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:21:00
Frazier: Berrian still viewed as a starter: Hot News for WR Bernard Berrian 
http://t.co/xB9YYF0N

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:21:00
Frazier: Berrian still viewed as a starter: Hot News for WR Bernard Berrian 
http://t.co/xB9YYF0N

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:21:00
Tyrell Johnson still expected to rotate at safety: Hot News for S Tyrell Johnson 
http://t.co/5pq8VRXF

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:21:00
Bears D-line injuries run deeper than Peppers: Julius Peppers is the obvious injury to watch on the Bears' defen...
http://t.co/sJy7W57Y

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:21:00
Bears D-line injuries run deeper than Peppers: Julius Peppers is the obvious injury to watch on the Bears' defen...
http://t.co/sJy7W57Y

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:21:00
Herrera remembers Soldier Field fondly: For most Vikings, Soldier Field has been a tough environment. For Anthon...
http://t.co/q08alY2O

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:21:00
Herrera remembers Soldier Field fondly: For most Vikings, Soldier Field has been a tough environment. For Anthon...
http://t.co/q08alY2O

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:21:00
RT @
BradBiggs: #Bears DE Julius Peppers doubtful for Sunday. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:50:00
Frazier said he expects Harvin to play but Winfield will be doubtful. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:03:00
Even Priefer has Hester harassment stories: The Vikings aren't the only team Devin Hester has terrorized. Viking...
http://t.co/Cp97bqjT

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:02:00
RT @
5hauser: Gov. Dayton says he talked with Roger Goodell. NFL will send people to MN next week to address stadium issue. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:41:00
Percy Harvin returned to practice on Friday. Antoine Winfield was running on the side but didn't look like he would practice. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:09:00
Stats show everything is Forte's forte: Bears running back Matt Forte is used heavily in their offense, whether ...
http://t.co/i02QJfms

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:38:00
Kevin Williams' foot is feeling better: Hot News for DT Kevin Williams 
http://t.co/reosLhsz

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:38:00
Notebook: Allen not thinking about NFL record: Jared Allen may be leading the league in sacks, but he said he do...
http://t.co/5ma67t3w

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:38:00
Evaluation reveals no crack in Harvin's rib: Hot News for WR Percy Harvin 
http://t.co/0O11RO1N

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:04:00
E.J. Henderson (knee) and Kenny Onatolu (hamstring) were limited. Jared Allen (eye) and Husain Abdullah (pelvis) full participants. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:03:00
Percy Harvin (ribs) and Antoine Winfield (neck) were the only two #
Vikings that didn't participate in practice Thursday.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:45:00
Leslie Frazier on Antoine Winfield: "Antoine still has some stiffness in his neck, so hopefully we can get some work tomorrow." #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:36:00
Leslie Frazier on Percy Harvin's ribs: "We had him see a doctor this afternoon and they told us he should be fine. Just soreness." #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:29:00
Frazier said it was ribs holding Percy Harvin back today. He got checked out this afternoon and no fractures showed up. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:00:00
Aromashodu on revenge, booing and Martz: Vikings wide receiver Devin Aromashodu is heading back to Chicago to fa...
http://t.co/R0trbbR8

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:54:00
Peterson sees opportunities against the Bears: Adrian Peterson knows there will be opportunities for big gains a...
http://t.co/MNDYGGjL


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