Gap-fills were key in run support against Adrian Peterson and linebackers were pivotal in containing Peterson.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 100 yards but 36 of those came on one carry and the Minnesota franchise tailback never took over a game that was the Vikings’ to win.
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.
If there was a nagging concern from a game that pushed the Bears to 2-0 and shoved the Vikings into an 0-2 hole it is the frequency with which opponents are pushing the Bears all over the field.
Bears coach Marc Trestman would probably like to be able to employ a 12th man on the Sunday to help stop Adrian Peterson. Maybe one showed up Sunday morning.