Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was about as optimistic as a competitive guy can be following a crushing 31-30 loss to the division-rival Bears.
“You can’t keep having the same problems,” Allen said just one week removed from coming up short against the Lions. “We’re coming out of the Detroit game where I feel like we blew it. Then we come into this one where we make some adjustments, we’re doing great, we have a chance to win the game and then we blow it.”
Sunday marked the sixth straight loss in Chicago for the Vikings, a team that is 1-11 in its last 12 games at Soldier Field.
“We always know how Chicago goes," Allen said. "We came into half only down by three. We know we’re a good second half team here and we went out and we were. We shut them out until the last minute.”
All of that considered, Allen knows the harsh reality is simple.
“It just wasn’t enough,” Allen said.
No matter how he and the defense played, nor the effort of the entire busload of Vikings heading back to Minnesota, Allen understands the significance of the Bears staying undefeated, while his team remains winless.
"I look at where we messed up," Allen said. "I know you are supposed to stay positive, but sometimes you need to have some harsh reality."