November 29, 2009

Vikings beat Bears 36-10

Filed under: Football — Tags: , , , , , — Nicholas @ 22:28

For a game I was worried about, it sure didn’t support my anxieties, with Minnesota rolling to a decisive victory at home. Brett Favre was a bare 11 yards short of a career record passing game (he did tie the all-time record for games started by non-kicker/non-punter with former Viking Jim “Iron Man” Marshall at 282):

Favre passed for a season-high 392 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vikings intercepted Cutler twice in a 36-10 victory over the Bears on Sunday.

Favre went 32 for 48 without a turnover and was 10 yards off his career best, throwing touchdowns to Visanthe Shiancoe, Chester Taylor and Percy Harvin, the unflappable rookie who had his best game yet.

The Vikings (10-1) outgained the Bears by a whopping 537 yards to 169 and breezed to their fifth straight win, despite two more fumbles and a pedestrian 85 yards on 25 carries by Adrian Peterson.

His short, late touchdown run put Minnesota over 32 points for the sixth time this season. The Vikings had 31 first downs, the Bears just eight.

Cutler was precise in the short passing game and effective in the no-huddle, keeping the Bears (4-7) in it until late in the second quarter. He was picked off by a diving Cedric Griffin in the end zone. Then on the next possession, E.J. Henderson got his hand on a ball over the middle that Jared Allen jumped up and caught with 57 seconds left in the half.

Adrian Peterson’s fumbles continue to be a concern for the Vikings, although only one of the two in this game caused problems. A player with a reputation for fumbling attracts all kinds of extra attention, and especially for Peterson, who often refuses to go to ground, attempting to gain extra yards after being stopped.

Jared Allen had two sacks and several hurries, while Benny Sapp and Karl Paymah substituted for injured cornerback Antoine Winfield.


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