This was a game the Vikings should have won. Instead, poor play calling and an awful turnover gave da Bears the win. The way the Vikings' finished their last two "drives" on offense wasted a great performance by the defense and handed Brad Childress is his first loss.
First off, why did the Vikings' throw the ball on 2nd and 8 the play before Chester Taylor fumbled? Secondly, why did they throw the ball on 4th and 2 on their last drive (I'm not even going to ask why they threw a deep pass. I'm not sure I could deal with the answer right now). Did they forget that they're a running team? Did they forget that Brad Johnson is their quarterback? Hmmm?
This Vikings' team can be successful this year. They have a shot at the division, and should make the playoffs. If they're going to do that, however, they have to remember that BRAD JOHNSON IS THEIR QUARTERBACK. He's old and has a weak arm. He's a fine quarterback, if you want a game manager, which is all the Vikings are looking for right now. He is not going to win you games by himself. He is not going to make astounding plays. He's not even going to make good plays that often. He's 39 years old for Ragnar's sake. Don't ask him to throw the ball when your offense needs to kill clock. And for the love of all that is holy in this world, DO NOT ask him to complete a long pass on 4th and 2, at the end of the game, down by 3 points
So help me, I'm going to break a whole lot of things if something like that ever happens again.