The offense started in a huge hole, partly its own making, and finished with perhaps the most meaningless 438 yards in recent memory.
Besides its obvious playoff implications, the Bears-Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday becomes a spot referendum on the first year of general manager Phil Emery.
The Bears officially lost their third starter this week when cornerback Tim Jennings was declared out of the Minnesota game with the shoulder injury sustained on an overtime tackle last week agains
Wide receiver Earl Bennett will not play next Sunday in Minnesota, declared out by the Bears because of lingering effects of the concussion suffered last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher already has been declared out of Sundays game against the Minnesota Vikings with his hamstring injury suffered in the Seattle game.