Vikings feeling sense of 'dj vu' after loss to Bears

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Vikings feeling sense of 'dj vu' after loss to Bears

The date was October 14, 2007. The stage was Soldier Field. Rookie running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the Minnesota Vikings single-game rushing record, in a 34-31 win over the Chicago Bears.

Thats the last time the Vikings won a game in Chicago. Since then the Bears have dominated the Vikings, winning the last five meetings at Soldier Field.

This is becoming dj vu up here, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said. This is the same script, just a different year. We got to fix something.

One Viking suggests something supernatural may be the reason for Chicagos success.

They might have a lucky troll or something over there, defensive tackle Kevin Williams said. Every time we come up here it seems like the same story. We got to find a way to get over that and get a win here.

Recently the Vikings are not only having a tough time beating the Bears in Chicago, but they cant beat them at home either, losing six consecutive games in the series.

So is this something the Vikings carried with them heading into Sundays game?

We knew what we was getting into, Peterson said. Those guys wanted to come out and make a statement, but I feel like it was more so what we did. Giving the ball away. Not making routine plays. Got to give credit to those guys because they did a good job of stopping us.

The two teams will strap it on two weeks from now in Minnesota in what will be another crucial game for both teams playoff hopes.

Well swallow this, Peterson said. But I cant wait to see them again.

Marshall impressive to Vikings defense

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall collected 12 receptions for 92 yards on Sunday, becoming the first Bears wideout since Marty Booker to go over 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

I think Brandon Marshall caught literally everything that was thrown to him, which was impressive, Allen said.

Marshall didnt have many huge gains, his longest catch was for 17 yards, but the sheer volume of balls he hauled in was back-breaking for the Vikings.

He has a great catch radius, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield said. We were in position a few times with tight coverage and somehow the ball got in there and he came up with it. Hes a good player.

Balancing act for Bears

In the Monday night loss to San Francisco the Bears rushed for 85 yards, but only had 58 passing yards. Obviously those kind of offensive numbers wont win you many football games. But, in Sundays 28-10 win over the Vikings, the balance was back, as Chicago had 113 yards on the ground and 183 yards through the air.

Anytime you can be two-dimensional, its kind of hard to stop as a defense, Winfield said.

In a week that saw Chilo Rachal temporarily leave the team after being demoted for Chris Spencer, Gabe Carimi benched in favor of Jonathan Scott and Jay Cutler return to action, change was more of a theme than surprise.

They changed some protection things up, Allen said. We knew they were going to. You bench a guy and youre not going to just sit back there in five man protection and let people rush, especially when Jay Cutler is coming off of a head injury. So, hats off to them.

The Vikings watched Jason Campbell run the Bears offense on film against the 49ers, but instead faced off against Cutler on Sunday. So whats the biggest difference?

I think Cutler gets the ball out of his hands a lot quicker, Winfield said. He scrambles a lot more, buys time and hes not afraid to take chances. You can see Marshall in coverage and hes still throwing him the ball.

Slow start

Michael Bushs rush into the end zone, his second score of the game, with four minutes left in the second quarter hurt the Vikings. But the successful two-point conversion by holder Adam Podlesh was deflating, as it extended the Bears lead to 18-3.

We got chopped off at the head quick and that can break you down, Peterson said We continued to fight it just didnt go our way.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was intercepted by Chris Conte on the next drive, setting up Cutlers 13-yard touchdown pass to Matt Spaeth, giving the Bears a 25-3 halftime lead.

The game got out of hand real early and we didnt really give ourselves a chance, Winfield said.

Ready for a rematch

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was adamant that Minnesota (6-5) was still in the playoff hunt, even following a 28-10 blowout loss to the Bears.

Were not panicking at all, Greenway said. We wanted this one really bad. This was a huge game for us. We need to take care of business in Green Bay and we need to take of business when Chicago is at our place. Thats just the way it has to be.

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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