The Vikings started this one fast, riding the strong running of Adrian Peterson to their first two touchdowns on the first two drives of the game - including an interception of Jay Cutler returned to the five yard line and run in by Peterson. The Bears just couldn't recover, as between penalties, overthrows, interceptions, and the ineptitude of Kellen Davis, the Bears were held to fourteen points.
So with this loss, the Bears drop to 8-5, with a critical date against the Packers upcoming. The Bears are still in control of a playoff spot, but they have to win out to maintain it, or else they fall back into the pack fighting for a spot behind them.
On the plus side of the ledger, Brandon Marshall made Bears history by setting the franchise's single-season receptions record with 101.
Back with Notes in the morning and your Late/Night Open Thread in a moment. Quick stats for you now, though...
Jay Cutler: 22/44, 260 yards, TD, 2 INT - 57.0 passer rating
Jason Campbell: 6/9, 64 yards, TD - 124.3 passer rating
Matt Forte: 13 carries, 85 yards
Brandon Marshall: 10 receptions, 160 yards, TD - Sets franchise single-season reception record
Alshon Jeffery: 3 receptions, 57 yards, TD
Christian Ponder: 11/17, 91 yards, INT - 53.8 passer rating
Adrian Peterson: 31 carries, 154 yards, 2 TD
Michael Jenkins: 4 receptions, 36 yards
Harrison Smith: INT, TD