“The shocking part to us,” Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in regards to Devin Hester’s 98-yard kickoff return for touchdown, “is that people still kick to him because he is such a threat.”
The Hester score came after the Vikings took advantage of a strip sack by Jared Allen of Cutler the previous possession, turning it into six points – an Adrian Peterson four-yard touchdown run to close to within 26-10 early in the third quarter.
“You feel like you’re getting ready to come and that kickoff return was a big momentum turn,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.
The Vikings could never get the momentum turning in their direction Sunday night at Soldier Field, as Peterson was limited to 39 yards (12 rushes) on the ground and the score was so out of hand they held to pull both him and McNabb, who was replaced with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder.
Ponder went 9-17 for 99 yards through the air, including a first down run of eight yards off of a bootleg. McNabb was 19-24 for 177 yards.
In the end, it’s still shocking to see how the Vikings fail to feature their only legitimate threat on offense.
Not only the Bears, but the rest of the 31 teams in the league are shocked, too.
What would not be shocking to see next week in the Metrodome: The partaking of the “Ponder Phase” to officially begin against the potent Packers. It’s time overdue.
Next: Green Bay Packers at 1-5 Vikings, Sunday October 23, 3:15 CT.