The rushing numbers were strong — 25 carries, 135 yards between Matt Forte and Michael Bush — but Forte had 57 of his 125 yards on two plays. What the line did not do was establish a consistent upper hand against a struggling defense.
The failure of the offense to convert second-and-1 and third-and-1 with the ball at the Minnesota 41 in the fourth quarter was disastrous and put the Bears’ defense back on the field for the Vikings’ tying field goal drive.
“I don’t know what happened on those plays,” said guard Matt Slauson. “I would have to look at the film.”
Jermon Bushrod got some help handling Vikings DE Jared Allen but also was solid pulling on run blocking wide. Allen had one sack, coming when Bushrod had him stopped and Josh McCown stepped up into Allen’s area of the pocket. Bushrod, however, committed a false start on a first and 10 at the Minnesota 46 and added a delay of game infraction three snaps later after recovering a McCown fumble.
Jordan Mills was matched against Brian Robison on the right side, and Robison beat Mills cleanly with a counter move for a sack. The takedown was on a third down in overtime with the ball at the Minnesota 47; extremely costly.
“We have to find a way to get better,” Bushrod said. “And we need some help from other teams to put us back in position.”
Moon's Grade: D