Scoggins: Vikings unfit to make run at bruised Bears

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 11:44 AM

The mess the Vikings made Sunday at Soldier Field was particularly alarming because they looked sloppy and lethargic coming off their bye on the road against a division opponent.

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cjvirnigNov. 25, 12 9:38 PM

One good way to differentiate good teams from bad teams is by looking at how they perform coming off a bye week. Bad teams look sloppy and out of sync. Just like the Vikings looked versus the Bears. Good teams relish the extra time to prepare and come out with fierce determination and a solid game plan. Just like the Giants looked versus the Packers. Minnesota was completely outclassed and outgunned by a Chicago team that is crippled with injuries. Christian Ponder continues to regress, but it's not like he's got any receiving weapons anyway. Without Percy Harvin in the lineup, the Vikings are the most one-dimensional offense in the entire NFL. Leslie Frazier, quite honestly, should be totally embarrassed by this effort because judging by the team's performance, he took a week off just like everyone else.

jplamp9Nov. 25, 1210:05 PM

Biggest game of the year and the Vikes dominated in every phase. Bears racked up 23 first downs in addition to converting 58% on 3rd down with patchwork offensive line. Vikes Coaches didn't have team prepared or inspired. Ponder puts up some mediocre numbers at garbage time but is dreadful early in the game when it counts (Bears build 25 to 3 lead). Zygi clueless in hiring coaches (Childress & Frasier) and Spielman ('Ponder is our guy' needs to go. Reaching for Ponder & offseason busts Simpson & Carlson says it all.

eyeintheskyNov. 25, 1210:22 PM

The vikqueen is giving it's fans exactly what it's fans deserve. And they were willing to have the state, metro area and counties chip in big time toward giving the absentee billionaire owner a very large percentage of his new professional football franchise factory. He will now give the season ticket buying public a lesson in gratitude by charging them thousands for a seat license on top of the charge for the tickets. And, now that he won the new partially publically funded prize he will NEVER put a decent product on the field. Green Bay and Chicago and even the Lions will continue smack this hapless vikqueen franchis upside the head and where they belong...not in the playoff picture. And the shelof-life on running backs in the nfl is not all that long. The clock is ticking...better make a trade while there is still time...and...demand... ; 0 )

prplstoogeNov. 25, 1210:59 PM

Chip, this vikings club is unfit to make a run at anyone or anything other than the Detroit Lions!!! Everyone knew once the viking's easy first half schedule was over (Jags, Titans, Detroit, Arizona) they would not be able to compete with the playoff caliber clubs like the Bears let alone mediocre clubs like Seasttle, Washington, Indy and TB. The vikings are headed nowhere but sharing last place in the division with Detroit and they will be there for years to come if they continue to hold on to this current coaching staff and front office!!!

wisstinks4Nov. 25, 1211:27 PM

I dont believe Cutler made the difference, we laid a big fat egg on our own plate. No first downs in the whole first half or some unbelieveable stat. Just give the ball to Purple Jesus and blaock for him, how hard can this be? I'm not, not, not impressed with Musgrove, musgrave, musgrunt, what ever the heck his name is. He does not have very creative play calling. Bad, bad game Vikings. BAD

meschkepceNov. 25, 1211:42 PM

Well it was fun while it lasted. RGIII and Washington--nothing but up-side. The Vikings and Ponder--nothing but down-side. Childress hung desperately to T-Jack. Frazier will hold desperately to Ponder. Same outcome.

mdachsNov. 25, 1211:44 PM

Let's see. Ponder is NOT the quarterback of the future. Let him play the rest of the season, consider the season lost, and let him go. The Vikes have never drafted a successful quarterback in recent memory! Vikings offensive line? Non-existent. Big questions about management selection of quarterbacks and other talent strategies. Feel sorry for Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen - hope that, in the future, they are able to find a job with a team with much better talent and management. Oh, and by the way, for those of you who supported providing huge taxpayer subsidies for Wilfie and his incompetent management team, just how do you now feel about helping him to increase the sale value of the Vikes by giving him a new stadium? For those of you who complain so loudly about income equality, by supporting taxpayer subsidies for the new Viking stadium, you just made Wilfie a lot richer.

goldengoph3rNov. 26, 1212:13 AM

The Winter Park Excuse Machine will need to be running at full capacity this week, given the Vikings' sorry performance. Bad receivers? Check. No Harvin? Check. The problem with these excuses is that good teams play at least respectably despite problems. The Vikings are not a good football team. They need upgrades at QB, LB, DL, CB, and WR before even 2nd place in the NFC north is a possibility.

twinsfanwy1Nov. 26, 1212:17 AM

wha-wha-wha! The Vikings have no excuses. The entire team and coaching staff extended their bye week an extra week. Wonder what excuses the Vikings will have after next Sunday when they lay another big, fat egg at Lambeau Field. This would never have been allowed to happen under Max Winters' ownership, or Bud Grant's leadership. I expect the Wilfs to fire Frazier and Spielman at season's end.

euripidesNov. 26, 1212:20 AM

Now you know why in the artists renditions of the New Stadium they never show the Vikings playing on the field.


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