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Minnesota tried all week to steer the discussion to its game against host Chicago. After a dismal loss yesterday, the Vikings might want to find another topic.
Reeling from allegations of sexual misbehavior and drunkenness during a charter cruise last week, the Vikings were manhandled and their season continued to spiral out of control.
It was Minnesota's lowest point total since the final game of the 2001 season, when it lost to Baltimore, 19-3. While players declined comment about the party, Vikings Coach Mike Tice said the allegations had a negative effect.
"If I was to say it didn't at all, I kind of would be lying to you," he said. "And I don't think any of the local [media] would tell you that I've lied."
How big was the impact?
"I don't know," Tice said. "I'm not a psychologist. I can't tell you how much."
Brian Urlacher had two sacks for the Bears. Charles Tillman and Chris Harris each had an interception, and Thomas Jones rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Chicago (2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. Jones, questionable after stretching a ligament in his right knee last week at Cleveland, saw his streak of 100-yard games end at three.
Kyle Orton completed 16 of 25 passes for 117 yards with an interception and two touchdowns, both to TE Desmond Clark. Daunte Culpepper was 26 of 48 for 237 yards and two interceptions, and the Vikings fell to 1-4.
Minnesota: FG Edinger 23, 6:55.
Chicago: Clark 3 pass from Orton (Gould kick), :37.
Chicago: Clark 2 pass from Orton (Gould kick), 7:28.
Chicago: Jones 24 run (Gould kick), 13:03.
Chicago: Jones 1 run (Gould kick), 4:11.
VikingsBearsFirst Downs 1616Total Net Yards 283192Rushes-Yards 19-8030-95Passing 20397Punt Returns 3-113-63Kickoff Returns 5-912-54Interceptions Ret. 1-02-99Comp-Att-Int 26-49-216-25-1Sacked-Yards Lost 4-343-20Punts 6-44.25-38.8Fumbles-Lost 0-02-2Penalties-Yards 14-918-58Time Of Possession 32:2227:38 RUSHING
Minnesota: Moore 14-57, Culpepper 1-14, Bennett 3-8, M.Williams 1-1.
Chicago: T.Jones 23-89, Orton 4-4, Benson 3-2.
Minnesota: Culpepper 26-48-2-237, B.Johnson 0-1-0-0.
Chicago: Orton 16-25-1-117.
Minnesota: Wiggins 10-68, Moore 5-52, M.Robinson 4-41, Williamson 4-35, Taylor 2-37, K.Robinson 1-4.
Chicago: Muhammad 5-48, Clark 4-19, Edwards 2-13, Bradley 1-15, Peterson 1-7, T.Jones 1-6, Reid 1-5, Wade 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
Minnesota: Edinger 52 (WR), 32 (SH).