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Vikings Run Over Bears

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Oct 15, 2007 12:13PM

If you watched Sunday's Bears-Vikings game, you know — without a doubt — who the two most exciting players in the NFL are. The Bears have one of the guys on their roster, but the Vikings have the other, and he led Minnesota to a 34-31 victory.

2007_10_sports_bears_week6.jpgDevin Hester started the scoring by returning a punt 89 yards for a touchdown — his third return TD of the season. Hester also scored the Bears' final points on an 81-yard TD reception to tie the score late in the game. So Hester certainly provides a lot of action.

But he wasn't the most impressive player on the field on Sunday. That honor went to the Vikings' Adrian Peterson (not to be confused with the Bears' Adrian Peterson), who ran all over the Bears defense. The rookie running back gained 224 yards on 20 carries and ran for touchdowns of 73 yards, 67 yards and 35 yards. Not to mention his kick returns, including a 53-yard return that set up the winning field goal as time expired. Peterson's 224 yards were the most ever against the Bears and the most ever by a Vikings player.

Cedric Benson, that's what a special running back looks like!

And where was the Bears defense on Sunday?

The supposed strength of this team once again proved to be a liability. For the third time in six games, they gave up at least 30 points. The Vikings offense has no wide receivers, and their QB has started only four games. Peterson is truly their only weapon, yet the Bears were unable to stop him.

The Bears now sit at the bottom of the NFC North at 2-4. Minnesota is 2-3, Detroit is 3-2, and the Packers are 5-1. We don't see anything that suggests the Bears will move up.

Photo by AP Photo/M. Spencer Green.