A month ago, the Minnesota Vikings looked like a Super Bowl favorite. Now? Not so much. Their latest setback came on Monday night when the Chicago Bears won 36-30 in overtime.
With the game tied at 30, Jay Cutler hit Devin Aromashodu with a 39-yard bomb to give the Bears the win. Cutler finished with 273 passing yards and four touchdowns. Aromashodu had seven catches for 150 yards and the game-winning TD.
As for the Vikings, their offense struggled in the first half and their defense struggled for much of the night. The only good news for Minnesota is that their offense woke up in the second half. Brett Favre finished with 321 passing yards and two passing touchdowns. Adrian Peterson had 24 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
By losing three of their last four games, the Vikings are now in jeopardy of losing their first round bye week in the 2009 NFL playoffs. To keep their bye, the Vikings need to win next week and have the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Dallas Cowboys.
Even if the Vikings get a bye, it appears as if that will just delay the inevitable. When it comes down to it, their team just isn’t very good anymore. Whatever momentum they had earlier in the season is gone.