MINNEAPOLIS — Lovie Smith stood in the middle of the cramped visitors locker room Sunday afternoon with his hands on his hips waiting for the rest of his team to assemble.
A week after melting down in the final minutes and overtime against the Seahawks, the
The Bears (8-5) have lost four of their last five games and will have to sift through new injuries before preparing to play the
Critics will say the Bears remain a product of an easy first-half schedule and everyone will agree Smith's bunch isn't going to beat the Packers or any potential
If Smith was furious afterward, he was already thinking ahead when it came time to field questions.
"We knew it was going to be a race to the finish," he said. "That's what we're going to have. The window of opportunity is a lot smaller, but we still control what happens with us."
What has to be bothersome for Smith is his defense could not prevail despite an anemic effort from the Vikings'
Peterson, who has 1,600 yards for the season, had his big game with the Bears missing middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Tim Jennings.
"(Peterson) is one of the top backs in the league," said Jennings' fill-in,
The Bears trailed 14-7 at halftime after Cutler's 23-yard touchdown pass to
Cutler was injured on a crunching blow to the head from
"There were a lot of problems," said Cutler, who has failed to finish two of the last five games. "I didn't play well."
In relief, Jason Campbell fired a 16-yard touchdown to Marshall with 1:48 to play, but the onside kick failed and the Bears' six-game winning streak in the series ended.
"As a team we have to go back to practice, work hard, be angry and come back and take it out on Green Bay," free safety
If they don't get things righted soon, they will quickly find themselves in a fight for the final wild-card spot with the Vikings, Redskins and Cowboys all just one game back at 7-6.
"We don't have to do anything heroic or superhuman to beat Green Bay," defensive end