Tommy Kramer passed for 342 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears, 35-7, today.
Kramer's passes enabled wide receiver Sammy White to have the best day of his seven-year career. White's 10 receptions for 177 yards included three touchdown passes.
Kramer completed 26 of 35 passes as the Vikings depended on their passing and defense.
Defensive back Willie Teal intercepted three of Jim McMahon's passes and the Vikings sacked McMahon seven times for 56 yards. Minnesota also recovered two fumbles.
"Passing's the name of the game now," Coach Bud Grant said. "I'd rather have a team blitz than anything."
"They're tough against the run," Kramer said. "but we prepared hard for that blitz all week in practice. Plus, anytime you put a defensive back on our receivers one on one, you're in trouble. Especially Sammy (White). He's shifty."
"The blitzes gave us a chance to go one on one," White said. "It's a signal for me to take off."
The Vikings held running back Walter Payton to 67 yards.
"This is my eighth year and we've never beaten them up here," Payton said. "This is the worst they've ever beaten us."
"They exploited us pretty well," Coach Mike Ditka of the Bears said.
Minnesota sacked McMahon four straight times for 32 yards, ending two drives.
The Vikings sacked him again to kill another Chicago drive and enable Minnesota to drive for another score.