Vikings 3

(1-4, 0-3 away)

Bears 28

(2-3, 2-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 16, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 3 0 03
CHI 0 7 7 1428

Top Performers

Passing: D. Culpepper (MIN) - 237 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Jones (CHI) - 23 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Wiggins (MIN) - 10 REC, 68 YDS

Vikings capsize as Bears cruise past Minnesota

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings tried all week to steer the discussion to their game against the Chicago Bears. After a 28-3 loss Sunday, they might want to find another topic.

It was over when ...
News of the Vikings sex-boat scandal broke. Minnesota had enough problems with on-field chemistry and off-field rumors about coach Mike Tice before news of the cruise came out. Too much for an already reeling organization to overcome.
Game ball goes to ...
The Bears D. Brian Urlacher had two sacks and Chicago picked off two Daunte Culpepper passes while holding Minnesota to its lowest point total since 2001.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen I'm not sure if Tice is going to make it through this season. The Vikings were looked at as the favorite and have totally fallen on their face. There is a lack of leadership on this team and the new owner is going to have to make a move at some point. Firing the coach in midseason is essentially giving up on the season, but it would send a message because Tice is responsible for the actions of this team. He may not have been on that boat, but it's his responsibility. There's no excuse for this team not being more serious about this season.
-- Eric Allen

Reeling from allegations of sexual misbehavior and drunkenness during a charter cruise last week, the Vikings were manhandled and their season continued to spiral out of control.

It was their lowest point total since the final game of the 2001 season, when Baltimore beat them 19-3. While players declined comment about the party, Vikings coach Mike Tice said the allegations had a negative affect.

"If I was to say it didn't at all, I kind of would be lying to you," he said. "And I don't think any of the local [media] would tell you that I've lied."

How big was the impact?

"I don't know," Tice said. "I'm not a psychologist. I can't tell you how much."

Across the field, the Bears let out a collective sigh.

Brian Urlacher had two sacks. Charles Tillman and Chris Harris each had an interception, and Thomas Jones rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Chicago (2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. Jones, questionable after stretching a ligament in his right knee last week at Cleveland, saw his streak of 100-yard games end at three.

Kyle Orton completed 16-of-25 passes for 117 yards with an interception and two touchdowns, both to tight end Desmond Clark. Daunte Culpepper was 26-of-48 for 237 yards and two interceptions, and the Vikings fell to 1-4. Former Bear Paul Edinger kicked a 23-yard field goal in the first half after missing a 52-yarder but had a 32-yarder blocked early in the third quarter.

Mewelde Moore rushed for 57 yards, and Jermaine Wiggins caught 10 passes for 68 yards.

Urlacher credited defensive coordinator Ron Rivera for the aggressive game plan.

"Rivera turned us loose today," Urlacher said. "He called a bunch of blitzes -- they worked. We got a bunch of pressure, and when he did get rid of the ball we tackled the guys. We flew around and had a good time."

The Bears led 7-3 at halftime despite being outgained 182 yards to 87, driving 49 yards late in the half for the game's first touchdown. Orton hit a lunging Clark -- who reached across the goal line before his knee hit the ground -- along the right sideline for a 3-yard score with 37 seconds left in the half.

Midway through the third quarter, Tillman intercepted a pass along the sideline and returned it 55 yards to the Vikings' 3. That set up a 2-yard pass from Orton to Clark that made it 14-3.

Troy Williamson had Tillman beat on that interception, but Culpepper threw behind his receiver.

"There were a lot of big plays in the game, but none any bigger than that," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

From there, things just got worse for Minnesota.

Keith Newman sacked Orton for a 9-yard loss and forced a fumble, which E.J. Henderson returned for a 25-yard touchdown -- only to have the play negated by an offside call against teammate Kevin Williams.

The lead grew to 21-3 when Jones scored on a 24-yard touchdown run early in the fourth.

Jones wasn't sure he would be able to play until Saturday. He had the knee taped and wore a brace, which he said "was uncomfortable. I had never worn a knee brace."

"Sometimes when you're thinking about the game more than your injury, it kind of helps you," Jones said.

Despite Jones' injury, rookie Cedric Benson remained in a limited role, with three carries for 2 yards.

After Edinger missed that 52-yarder in the first half, Orton slipped trying to hand off to Jones near midfield, and Minnesota's Corey Chavous recovered. The Vikings drove to the Bears' 2, but a false start by Wiggins and hold by Adam Goldberg put the ball on the 17. Minnesota settled for a 23-yard field goal with 6:55 left in the half.

"The penalties at the inopportune time killed us," said Tice, whose team had 14 for 91 yards. "Taking away a score defensively -- that was one of the big plays of the game, I felt."

Meanwhile, the Bears might have saved themselves.

With talk of possible changes -- especially in the secondary -- Tillman and Harris were solid.

"I wasn't really worried about being replaced," said Harris, a rookie from Louisiana-Monroe. "I just knew I had to come out and step it up."

Game notes

Harris' interception was his first. ... Jones has scored two touchdowns twice in a game this season. ... Minnesota settled for one field goal on three trips inside the Bears' 20.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1616
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7258
Total Yards283192
Yards per play3.93.3
Total Drives1514
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

minFG6:59Paul Edinger 15 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 16 plays, 48 yds, 7:14
chiTD0:43Desmond Clark, 3 yd pass from Kyle Orton (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 45 yds, 2:34
chiTD7:32Desmond Clark, 2 yd pass from Kyle Orton (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 3 yds, 0:32
chiTD13:10Thomas Jones, 24 yd run (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 62 yds, 11:24
chiTD4:15Thomas Jones, 1 yd run (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 1 yds, 0:00