The Vikings have not won at Soldier Field since 2007. That was Adrian Peterson's rookie season.
The game was over when…The Vikings offense couldn't get into the end zone with three minutes and 15 seconds remaining and had to settle for a field goal. The Vikings had the ball first-and-goal at the six-yard line, but only gained two yards and settled for a field goal. Rather than go up by two scores, a touchdown won the game.
The reason for optimism is…Quarterback Christian Ponder was by no means perfect, but he was far better than in Week 1. He gave the team a chance to win.
The reason to worry is…The entire team is failing at big times. The offense had a chance to put the game away and didn't. The defense had a chance to shut the door on the Bears and didn't. Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the kickoff coverage unit allowed Devin Hester to return the ensuing kickoff 76 yards.
The unsung heroes were…Matt Kalil on offense. The offensive tackle struggled in Week 1, but held Julius Peppers to one tackle. Jared Allen and Brian Robison on defense. The defensive ends combined for a sack, fumble and 61-yard touchdown return to turn the momentum in the Vikings' favor. Jeff Locke on special teams. The punter struggled in Week 1, but averaged 56.7 yards and got two inside the 20-yard line.
A review of the keys to victory are…The first key was to slow Matt Forte. The Bears running back compiled 90 yards on 19 carries and 71 yards on 11 catches. Grade: D. The second key was to sustain drives on offense. The Vikings had four drives of seven plays or more and six drives of six plays or less. The Vikings possessed the ball one minute and eight seconds less than the Bears. Grade: C.