Bears vs. Vikings, Week 14: Chicago falls behind early, cannot catch up

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The Bears fell behind to Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings early and could never recover on Sunday, eventually losing to drop their record to 8-5.

The Chicago Bears got down early to the Minnesota Vikings and were never able to recover, eventually losing, 21-14.

Less than seven minutes into the game, Adrian Peterson had scored two touchdowns, one following a long Jay Cutler interception return. Falling behind the Vikings early in games has led to losses for several NFL teams this season, including the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears and their recent offensive struggles proved to be just as susceptible to Minnesota's trap.

Steven Schweickert of SB Nation's Chicago Bears' blog, Windy City Gridiron, writes that the Bears were unable to come back against Minnesota, but that was more due to their own offensive inefficiencies than the play of the Vikings defense.

The Vikings started this one fast, riding the strong running of Adrian 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.

Cutler was 22-of-44 for 260 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Matt Forte rushed the ball only 13 times for 85 yards. The Bears will look to get back into the win column next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

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