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Monday, December 28, 2009
Clear evidence for running the ball

By Kevin Seifert

CHICAGO -- If you’re wondering why some of us were advocating heavy doses of the running game at Soldier Field, you just saw why.

Minnesota just had a rough three-play sequence, all on pass plays, that ended with a turnover. A 12-yard pass to Adrian Peterson was called back because rookie receiver Percy Harvin lined up wrong. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre then got flustered by the Bears’ pass rush and threw an ill-advised shovel pass that fell incomplete.

Finally, Favre literally dropped the ball when rushed by Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris recovered to end a Vikings drive that had penetrated the Bears’ red zone.

The Vikings entered this game planning to emphasize Peterson and Chester Taylor. They’d be well-advised to stick to that plan.