1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2001
Marty Booker (86) and Glyn Milburn celebrate after Booker's 9-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
They're not in any rhythm right now. They have two new tackles, and they desperately miss Robert Smith. Smith had 279 yards on 37 carries in two games versus the Bears last year. The Vikings had no comparable running threat Sunday. And they're seeing different defenses because opposing teams aren't concerned about the ground game of Smith. Now defenses are able to double the outside guys and confuse Daunte Culpepper with different coverages. It all boils down to the lack of a running game.
ESPN.com NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Vikings SS Robert Griffith broke his right leg on the opening kickoff. "I tried to go to my right and my cleats got stuck in the turf," Griffith said. "It's all my fault, I didn't get touched." ... Fans were given small U.S. flags as they entered Soldier Field. Firefighters and police officers were at various points throughout the stadium, taking donations. ... The Bears had only 47 yards rushing.