What are you going to do?
On the day the Vikings have 439 yards of offense and score 41 points, they play their absolute cruddiest defensive game of the year (Bear receivers were perpetually wide open), they commit turnovers like it's fun, and they allow a two touchdowns in special teams. It's absurd for this Viking team to actually manage 41 points; it's beyond absurd for this Viking team to go into Soldier Field, slap 41 points up there, and still lose.
Reprehensibly bad. The Vikings couldn't cover Bear TEs worth a poop (E.J. Henderson is very badly missed right now). The pass rush was generally nonexistent. The pass defense was worse than the numbers show: the Bears dropped a lot of wide open passes. I felt like it was 2002 or something, watching opposing receivers running around in open field with nobody near them, then running around after the catch with nobody tackling them.
BB has yet another productive game with Gus Frerotte throwing to him. He's making plays and helping the Vikings pick up first downs and score points. Without him, where would the passing game be? He's been a good player for the Vikings: I'm glad they signed him.
Like Barry Sanders, he takes too many losses. But goodness, is he good. Today he was much more consistent than he's been, often picking up solid gains on first down and rushing for quite a few first downs. He tries to break plays across the field to the sideline often, and that means some loss of yards, and it also means some spectacular gains. His 54 yard touchdown was vintage Peterson.
Red Zone Success
Now the Vikings are on to something: use both Taylor and Peterson in goal line situations, and defenses have two potential runners to account for. Generally the Vikes ran and threw in the red zone well today.
A Team Loss
The defense sucked, the special teams was reaching previously unseen levels of suckitude (at many levels), and the offense had four turnovers (all on Frerotte), and I've still got questions about some coaching decisions (you'd really rather just let the Bears have the ball around the 40 on every kickoff rather than try to actually cover Devin Hester? If he hadn't gotten hurt, and the Vikings persisted in that strategy, the game might not have even been as close as it was). This loss was deserved at every level of the team.
My eternal optimism
The Vikings are a game out of the division lead. They've got trips to Lambeau Field and Soldier Field out of the way. They play five more home games. If they're good enough to win the division, the opportunity is in front of them going forward: they still get the Bears and the Packers at home. I'm a long way from despairing about the season with a 3-4 team going into the bye week.
What complaints and observations do you have?