Who's Hot, Who's Not, Who's Hurt

Following a game where the Vikings dubbed their performance "absolutely horrible," this is mostly a list of "Who's Not Hot" this week. Still, there were a few players who left positive impressions.

  • Vikings coach Mike Tice was stunned by his team's performance in Sunday's 24-14 loss at Chicago, given the magnitude of its importance in gaining control of the division. Tice opened his postgame press conference by saying, "That was an absolutely horrible performance. Chicago kicked our (butt) today."

  • The Bears had converted only 34 of 148 third-down opportunities heading into the game. That was a 23 percent success rate, last in the NFL by far. On Sunday, they converted 10 of 17 (59 percent), including three touchdown passes by a quarterback (Chad Hutchinson) who hadn't started in two seasons and was in California surfing a couple of months ago. "Third-and-20, and we give up a first down — that was crap," Tice said. "For a team that's last in the league in third-down conversions to end up with (59) percent today, that is unacceptable."

  • QB Daunte Culpepper threw three interceptions and the Vikings turned the ball over four times against the Bears on Sunday. Both were season highs and the most since Culpepper threw three interceptions and the Vikings turned the ball over six times in a 28-18 loss at Oakland in mid-November last year. "That definitely was shocking to me," Culpepper said of Sunday's performance. "I keep going over and over them in my head. I'm going to look at the film and be very critical of my performance."

  • RB Michael Bennett played only one snap against the Bears, and it wasn't pretty. He gave up a sack. Bennett, a starter three weeks ago, has played only three snaps the past two games.

  • TE Jermaine Wiggins had four catches for 73 yards against the Bears to become only the fourth tight end in team history with 50 catches in a season.

  • QB Daunte Culpepper threw two touchdown passes to reach 30 more quickly than any other quarterback in team history. He reached it in 12 games. Randall Cunningham held the previous mark of 14 games in 1998. Culpepper also became the only Vikings quarterback to throw 30 touchdowns in a season twice.

  • DT Kevin Williams had two sacks against the Bears, giving him 19.5 in his first two seasons. That ties him with Hall of Famer Alan Page for the second-highest two-season total. Keith Millard set the record of 21.5 in 1985-86.

  • WR Marcus Robinson, who has been bothered by a foot injury the last month, showed good speed and body control on a 40-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone against the Bears. It was his first touchdown since the Titans game on Oct. 24.

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