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League says Bears didn’t commit violation on game-winning play

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When Bears quarterback Jay Cutler found tight end Martellus Bennett for the game-winning (with extra point) touchdown to beat the Vikings, the Bears weren’t lined up in an illegal formation.

We say that because plenty of Vikings fans have argued that they were, and that a flag should have been thrown.

The video shows eight players on the line of scrimmage, with both receivers on the right on the line of scrimmage.  In theory, one of them should have been off the ball.

The league says it’s not a violation.

When looking at a wide receiver on the outside and a receiver in the slot, the officials look for only a slight stagger.  In this case, Alshon Jeffrey is lined up slightly in front of Brandon Marshall.

The league doesn’t obsess over that point because the offense gains no advantage.  Both are wide receivers, both are eligible receivers.

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  1. f1restarter says: Sep 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    What sucked most about this game was that both teams couldn’t lose.

  2. redbirdsrising says: Sep 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Viking fans are whining? Here’s my shocked face :|

  3. threedeep1998 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:19 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan and thanks for clearing that up. I’m tired of the excuses for that pathetic showing of defense. Cutler torched us and our awful Cover-Nobody scheme. I miss Winfield like whoa.

  4. jredshoes says: Sep 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Did the league look at the video of Christian Ponder for impersonating an NFL quarterback?

  5. orivar says: Sep 16, 2013 2:22 PM

    Kind of tired of hearing from the league already.

  6. ShimSham says: Sep 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    Although I agree it gives the offense no real advantage here, the league will also NEVER admit a mistake was made when wins and losses are concerned.

  7. scaredhitless says: Sep 16, 2013 2:25 PM

    Rules, meh! The NFL only cares about sexy football like the Giants, Broncos, and Patriots with money churning QB’s.

  8. rmc1995 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    Well the league should obsess over it. It certainly gains an advantage for the offset receiver if timing routes are needed to get down field to a spot. With a three to five step QB that’s a huge difference. The definitive offset receiver may also determine who the nickel back will cover, or give a tendency in routes.

    In running situations you can get to blocks quicker. There are a bunch of advantages.

    Why not have 10 guys on the line? Why have any formation rules at all if they don’t seem like they have an advantage?

    The league would rather obsess over TD celebrations, then basic rules of the game.

  9. jack3dsd says: Sep 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    its an intense 3 way battle between the lions bears and vikings for 2nd place in the north

  10. shibbyleigh says: Sep 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    Bears fans, however, are guilty of gloating about two wins over two bad to mediocre teams. Enjoy your cupcake schedule.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 16, 2013 2:30 PM

    The League went on to add that it was actually one of the few plays in the game where the Bear’s didn’t commit a violation.

  12. daaabears says: Sep 16, 2013 2:30 PM

    Gotta wonder why it is a rule then.

  13. FlashPatterson says: Sep 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    threedeep1998 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 2:19 PM
    I’m a Vikings fan and thanks for clearing that up. I’m tired of the excuses for that pathetic showing of defense. Cutler torched us and our awful Cover-Nobody scheme. I miss Winfield like whoa.
    ————————————————-
    Are you kidding? Winfield got torched his last 3 years with the Vikes.. He was a great tackler but his coverage skills were very diminished.

  14. baselman1974 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    It’s also the Bears’ fault that Henderson and the Vikings couldn’t cover Bennett on a 1st and 20 and the game winning play.

  15. nickswearsky says: Sep 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    “Bears fans, however, are guilty of gloating about two wins over two bad to mediocre teams. Enjoy your cupcake schedule.”

    Really?

  16. pdennis33 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    Thanks a lot for this post. I’m a Bears fan and I didn’t even cheer when Bennett caught the ball because I was fully expecting the big yellow FLAG image to pop up on FOX under the score, and was holding my breath until I realized finally there was none. I had to rewind it so I could give the cheering the play deserved of course :)

    I thought the refs may have just missed it, and I wouldn’t feel as good knowing we won on a play that shouldn’t have counted, so this is great to hear.

    Also to note, when I looked at the play closer, I did see Jeffery, who was on the outside, make it a point to check with the line judge on his side and get the nod from him that he was lined up correctly.

    Trestman seems like such a details guy and it really seems like the whole offense is adopting that approach, so it was surprising to me that they would have lined up wrong, so this is great to hear!

  17. hodous says: Sep 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    The level of NFL knowledge on this site never ceases to amaze me. I should quantify that with lack thereof.

  18. purpleguy says: Sep 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    Bears won fair and square — congrats Bears fans. The only “violations” Sunday were the Vikes failing to score a TD on their last drive and the failure to have a safety over the top on the left side of the field during the Bennett TD catch. Anyone whining about the Bears’ offensive formation sounds too much like a cheeser.

  19. jrebar88 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:46 PM

    Good to see AP could muster up a 100yd day, since they are soooooooo easy…

  20. daaabears says: Sep 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    hodous says:
    Sep 16, 2013 2:41 PM
    The level of NFL knowledge on this site never ceases to amaze me. I should quantify that with lack thereof.
    —————-
    Thrill us with your acumen.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 16, 2013 2:56 PM

    A “slight stagger” sounds like a very specific and technical term with a clear meaning. So can they share with us the definition of the term? I am honestly unfamiliar with this phrase and quite curious.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:00 PM

    threedeep1998 says:

    Cutler torched us and our awful Cover-Nobody scheme
    _____________________

    Lol thanks for a Monday afternoon laugh that I needed.

  23. expertop says: Sep 16, 2013 3:08 PM

    jrebar88 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 2:46 PM
    Good to see AP could muster up a 100yd day, since they are soooooooo easy…
    ——————————————
    Good to know you’re still spending your day eating Cheetos, since they are sooooooo cheesy.

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 16, 2013 3:09 PM

    The real reason why the Vikes lost was because of the rain. I can’t believe all the Vikings who were slipping on the wet grass, especially on Hester’s kick returns. Walsh couldn’t kick it out of the end zone like usual because of the footing. Adrian lost 13 yards when he reversed field and slipped when it looked like he could have gotten to the end zone. It looked like the Bears hardly ever slipped. They must be used to those field conditions, or else the Vikings forgot to pack their extra-long cleats.

    GET A DOME!!!

  25. hodous says: Sep 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    The level of NFL knowledge on this site never ceases to amaze me. I should quantify that with lack thereof.

    —————-
    Thrill us with your acumen.
    —————-

    The Bears beat (2) 2012 playoff teams and a user says “enjoy your cupcake schedule”. (Exhibit ‘A’)

  26. chrisk61 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:18 PM

    vikes had a tough start to season. started out with 2 on the road, both vs the division, and lost both. chances are in a few weeks vikings are 3-2.

  27. chi01town says: Sep 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    The Bears was the better football team all game. they should have won just like they did. NOT to say the Vikings didnt play well because they played hard out there.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Sep 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    The Vikings don’t need the help of the refs to lose, Christian Ponder has that covered all by himself.

  29. fwippel says: Sep 16, 2013 3:33 PM

    “In theory, one of them should have been off the ball”? In theory?

    During just about every NFL game I watch, I see that adjustment made by the receivers on each team’s offense. I’ve also seen this called as an illegal formation penalty when it hasn’t been done. But now it’s not a penalty?

    How convenient! Not that this is any excuse for the lack of coverage by the Viking secondary on the final two plays the Bears ran on that drive, but if formation isn’t a penalty, then why is the correct adjustment still made at the line of scrimmage 98% of the time?

  30. shlort says: Sep 16, 2013 3:38 PM

    Gotta stay optimistic Vikings fans. They still might pull one out of their hat by seasons end. First step is trying to find a QB that is not absolutely terrible. You think the Packers have depth problems? The Vikings depth problems at QB start with the starter.

    Anyway, Peterson is a monster and can carry that team to a few wins. On the bright side, maybe the Vikings can draft a 1st round QB that can play next season.

  31. deweyaxewound says: Sep 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    I know a lot of Vikes fans are disgusted with Ponder, and at the end of the first half, okay, I could see why…but honestly, throughout the 2nd half, I was impressed (even, dare I say it, a little nervous?) about the way Ponder was playing.
    (Bears defenders felt the same way – see Tillman’s postgame comments).

    10-for-16 for 146 yards in the 2nd half, leading three separate scoring drives – the problem was, those scoring drives ended in FGs instead of TDs. Ponder was also good at avoiding sacks and making plays with his legs when he needed to in that half.

    If I were really looking for a scapegoat to blame for the Vikes loss (actually, it was a Bears WIN, but whatever), I’d probably look at the coach/play-calling first. You’re already up by 3 with only three minutes remaining – and instead of going for the jugular, putting the stake through the heart, your coach opts for a field goal?

    For what? To prevent a TIE?

    It’s the difference between playing not to lose, vs. playing to WIN.

    If I were Vikings fan (*shudder*), I’d be more ticked off at the passive coaching than at the mediocrity/inconsistency from my QB.

  32. Born: 1961 Titles seen: 0 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    It was a tough game. Bears won. End of story. We all knew 0-2 to start the season was possible given two tough division road games. We’ll be fine. Don’t worry about us. Christian is improving, AD is a stud,, GJ is a stud, JA is a stud. Save your pity for some other team.

  33. dooz76 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:58 PM

    Bears weren’t slipping?? You must have missed hester slip twice while trying to make cuts that could have put him in the record books all by himself.

  34. meekdog78 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:59 PM

    Why is this even an issue? I’ve said for years that they could simplify the lineup rules. Who cares which receivers are on the line and which are a half step behind. Let em all line up on the line for all I care. Have a minimum number that have to be on it and don’t worry about if the inside or outside guy is up. It’s useless. I fail to see what advantage you gain from bring a little up or a little back compared to where you have to be under the rules.

  35. jrmbadger says: Sep 16, 2013 3:59 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Sep 16, 2013 3:09 PM

    The real reason why the Vikes lost was because of the rain. I can’t believe all the Vikings who were slipping on the wet grass, especially on Hester’s kick returns. Walsh couldn’t kick it out of the end zone like usual because of the footing. Adrian lost 13 yards when he reversed field and slipped when it looked like he could have gotten to the end zone. It looked like the Bears hardly ever slipped. They must be used to those field conditions, or else the Vikings forgot to pack their extra-long cleats.

    GET A DOME!!!
    ========================

    Really Rick? I expect more from you…. everyone knows the real reason the Vikings are 0-2 and will continue to lose.

    I’ll give you a hint: It sort of rhymes with Flounder.

  36. ricardocabeza says: Sep 16, 2013 4:02 PM

    Vikings are unbelievable. Last season Bears eliminated from playoffs losing the last two games. One of which we lost our best lineman to a career ending ACL tear, caused by a Suh-style cheap shot by Jared “Cowboy Bob” Allen. Allen pays fine, Lance Louis is without a job this year. Vikings cry that Bears lined up in the wrong position, poor, poor Vikings.

  37. nickynick04 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:04 PM

    VIKINGS WHINW WHINE WHINE………

  38. toofast79 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:09 PM

    It shouldn’t have come down to the last play for the Bears to win. The Bears played a really bad game. Allowing a kick off return (first since 2007) having a fumble returned for a TD and a fluke interception in the end zone. Bears should have won this one 31-9. Winning even when playing bad is a testament to the caliber of this team. Vikings fans should be more concerned about bad quarterback play and having a bad head coach than alignment on one play.

  39. celly84 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:13 PM

    “The league doesn’t obsess over that point because the offense gains no advantage. Both are wide receivers, both are eligible receivers.”
    ———————-

    Then why is it a rule?

    Almost as pointless as the TD called back from Vincent Jackson because the RT was 3 blades of grass behind the RG. smh.

    I swear, the refs have it out for the Bucs.

  40. joeyashwi says: Sep 16, 2013 4:24 PM

    Let’s see…the Viking offense put up 16 points and gave up 7. It’s hard to blame the defense who got 4 turnovers for this inept offense. Frazier and Musgrave are a joke. Ponder is terrible. One touchdown a game is not going to win in the NFL. Sure the 30 point final score looks nice but this offense is completely clueless. Let the Manziel watch begin for Viking fans…

  41. mancave001 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:24 PM

    It’s a stupid rule anyway. The Eagles were penalized because Lane Johnson was a few inches behind the other lineman. I can understand penalizing too many men in motion but not this.

  42. larryboodry says: Sep 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    @Rick Spielman:

    What part of ‘home-field advantage’ do you not understand?

  43. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 16, 2013 4:29 PM

    jrmbadger says:Sep 16, 2013 3:59 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Sep 16, 2013 3:09 PM

    The real reason why the Vikes lost was because of the rain. I can’t believe all the Vikings who were slipping on the wet grass, especially on Hester’s kick returns. Walsh couldn’t kick it out of the end zone like usual because of the footing. Adrian lost 13 yards when he reversed field and slipped when it looked like he could have gotten to the end zone. It looked like the Bears hardly ever slipped. They must be used to those field conditions, or else the Vikings forgot to pack their extra-long cleats.

    GET A DOME!!!
    ========================

    Really Rick? I expect more from you…. everyone knows the real reason the Vikings are 0-2 and will continue to lose.

    I’ll give you a hint: It sort of rhymes with Flounder.
    ________

    I blame it on the rain (hey, that would be a good song) in a tongue-in-cheek manner, but I really do believe that the Vikings would have won if it had been a dry day. Instead of 249 return yards, Hester gets 0. Instead of starting at their 38-yard line on the last drive, the Bears start at the 20. It makes a difference.

    You obviously didn’t see the game, which is why you use the hackneyed “blame Ponder” line. Did Ponder allow the Bears to drive the field for a touchdown in the last minute? Ponder made a lot of clutch passes and put the team in position to win. He was far from the biggest problem.

    The one big mistake he made was the pick 6. He stared down the receiver, but Simpson was also at fault for running the wrong route. Ponder took complete blame for it after the game because he’s a great leader. That’s the one area where your quarterback could take some lessons from Ponder.

  44. threedeep1998 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:31 PM

    “Are you kidding? Winfield got torched his last 3 years with the Vikes.. He was a great tackler but his coverage skills were very diminished”.

    —————————————————–

    You’re right, but my guess is that a veteran CB like him would have at least called a TO or had the secondary on the same page.

  45. agamemnon1974 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:35 PM

    Yeah, I don’t like this explanation either. As fwipple said, this has been called. (Probably on the Vikes too.) I think what frustrates me the most is the inconsistency. At least be consistent with calls like this. (Besides, the Vikes should have played better D on that last drive or scored a TD instead of a FG on one of those other drives and not made this an issue.)

    And if we want to get snippy about officiating, what about the blatant offensive pick on the Bears’ first TD? And since when, on a punt, is it okay to have the kicking team legally tap the ball back into play near the goal line, have the receiving team punch the ball into the endzone and have the result a touchback? Shouldn’t that have been dead at the 2 or a safety, which ever the receiving team prefers? The explanation on the field was that the kick drove the ball into the endzone. How was that exactly? These two calls are much more of a problem for me than that last call.

    (And here I promised myself I wouldn’t blame officiating any more. I guess I failed there… But alas, that’s what it is like to be a Vikes fan.)

  46. Canned Heat says: Sep 16, 2013 4:49 PM

    rmc1995 says: Sep 16, 2013 2:27 PM

    Well the league should obsess over it. It certainly gains an advantage for the offset receiver if timing routes are needed to get down field to a spot. With a three to five step QB that’s a huge difference. The definitive offset receiver may also determine who the nickel back will cover, or give a tendency in routes.

    In running situations you can get to blocks quicker. There are a bunch of advantages.

    Why not have 10 guys on the line? Why have any formation rules at all if they don’t seem like they have an advantage?

    The league would rather obsess over TD celebrations, then basic rules of the game.
    _________________________________

    You do realize they are talking about anywhere from 12 to 18 inches right??? If he’s a full yard off of the line, he’d be 24 to 36 inches back, depending on foremost point (depending if either are leaning or not).

    This is no different than an O-line slowly drifting further off the LOS the further they get out toward the WRs. They’re supposed to all break the hip of the center…rarely called.

    Find some more whine to drink…

  47. thatswhatimsayin says: Sep 16, 2013 4:49 PM

    It sucks to be that close and come away with a loss. Bears fans need not gloat over this win, it was very evenly played. People that are pinning this loss on Ponder are crazy. Wright drops a perfectly thrown td pass and Simpson stops on a comeback route allowing Jennings a clean int and then stands there and does nothing and lets him walk in for 6. that’s a 12 point swing in the game. Ponder actually looked accurate and picked up first downs when needed, (with his legs also) I don’t know if he’s a NFL starting Qb yet, but yesterday he looked the part.

    One other thing. I wonder how many underclassmen Jay Cutler stuffed into lockers in High School. He just has that a..hole look about him

  48. Canned Heat says: Sep 16, 2013 4:56 PM

    agamemnon1974 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:35 PM

    Yeah, I don’t like this explanation either. As fwipple said, this has been called. (Probably on the Vikes too.) I think what frustrates me the most is the inconsistency. At least be consistent with calls like this. (Besides, the Vikes should have played better D on that last drive or scored a TD instead of a FG on one of those other drives and not made this an issue.)

    And if we want to get snippy about officiating, what about the blatant offensive pick on the Bears’ first TD? And since when, on a punt, is it okay to have the kicking team legally tap the ball back into play near the goal line, have the receiving team punch the ball into the endzone and have the result a touchback? Shouldn’t that have been dead at the 2 or a safety, which ever the receiving team prefers? The explanation on the field was that the kick drove the ball into the endzone. How was that exactly? These two calls are much more of a problem for me than that last call.
    ________________________________

    It’s technically still a “kick” until someone actually has possession…same in college and HS.I hate that rule because if someone adds a new force, they should be liable for touching it.

    It sounds like they jobbed that one, or explained it poorly. The ball probably broke the plane of the goal line and was touched there…that was the spot of first touching by K in the end zone. Being that R touched after….that touching is ignored because K had technically killed it. Just like a K member can’t swat or fling the all at a return team member and make it a live ball muff, recoverable by K. I hate this…it’s like officials need layers in their corner that Rog is paying the tab on.

  49. dino2997 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:56 PM

    Vikings fans sure can whine. Kind of reminds of Packer fans.

  50. vgferenzi says: Sep 16, 2013 5:07 PM

    thatswhatimsayin says:
    Sep 16, 2013 4:49 PM
    It sucks to be that close and come away with a loss. Bears fans need not gloat over this win, it was very evenly played.

    One other thing. I wonder how many underclassmen Jay Cutler stuffed into lockers in High School. He just has that a..hole look about him
    ===================================

    As opposed to your cheap shot DUI machine redneck Jared Allen?? You might not like how Cutler looks…But Allen looks like a jerk and is one.

  51. asublimeday says: Sep 16, 2013 5:07 PM

    Wahhhhhhh cries Minnesoooooda

  52. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 16, 2013 6:03 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Sep 16, 2013 3:09 PM
    The real reason why the Vikes lost was because of the rain. I can’t believe all the Vikings who were slipping on the wet grass, especially on Hester’s kick returns. Walsh couldn’t kick it out of the end zone like usual because of the footing. Adrian lost 13 yards when he reversed field and slipped when it looked like he could have gotten to the end zone. It looked like the Bears hardly ever slipped. They must be used to those field conditions, or else the Vikings forgot to pack their extra-long cleats.

    GET A DOME!!!

    ——————

    Wow, if your team is that sensitive to playing in the elements, it’s too bad that you have to play the next 2 seasons outdoors… and that AD will be 31 when you finally get into the purple palace…

  53. deweyaxewound says: Sep 16, 2013 6:07 PM

    thatswhatimsayin says: Sep 16, 2013 4:49 PM

    It sucks to be that close and come away with a loss. Bears fans need not gloat over this win, it was very evenly played. People that are pinning this loss on Ponder are crazy. Wright drops a perfectly thrown td pass and Simpson stops on a comeback route allowing Jennings a clean int and then stands there and does nothing and lets him walk in for 6. that’s a 12 point swing in the game. Ponder actually looked accurate and picked up first downs when needed, (with his legs also) I don’t know if he’s a NFL starting Qb yet, but yesterday he looked the part.

    One other thing. I wonder how many underclassmen Jay Cutler stuffed into lockers in High School. He just has that a..hole look about him
    ________________________________

    See? I show a brief moment of weakness and express some empathy for the Vikes fans after a tough, close loss, and look at the kind of crap that gets spewed back.

    Now all of a sudden the Cryqueens come out of the woodwork whining about the refs, the field conditions, the weather, Jay Cutler’s demeanor, in-game minutiae, blah blah whine sob moan sniffle sob.

    Cry me a river, Heidis (and I’ll go canoeing…or “love-boating”).

    I don’t see ANY Bears fans on here gloating – it’s (now) you guys being the sore losers.

    And to say this game was “evenly played” is laughable. The Bears outplayed the Vikes in EVERY way, and in every statistical category (check the box score):

    Time of possession, passing yardage, rushing yardage (yes, we even outrushed you, even with your precious AP), red zone efficiency, third down conversions, return yardage, penalties, and takeaways.

    Oh, and most importantly, in TOTAL POINTS SCORED.

    Queens were also out-hustled. Out-physical-ed. And out coached.

    The Bears shot themselves in the foot a few times, sure, but otherwise, rightfully, that game should’ve been at least a double-digit win by the Bears.

    Just as the Vikes had NO business being in the playoffs last year – so they had no business even being in this game in the 4th quarter.

    Oh well, the better team prevailed. Cutler ran through your secondary like a hot knife through butter.

    For the record, I don’t like to gloat. But when the crybabies and excuse-makers and crap-talkers come out, it’s like they’re some kind of masochists who WANT the salt in their wounds. So here you go.

    And ultimately, I’d much rather be a sore winner than a sore LOSER.

  54. jprather17 says: Sep 16, 2013 6:12 PM

    “Bears fans, however, are guilty of gloating about two wins over two bad to mediocre teams. Enjoy your cupcake schedule.”

    So are you saying the Packers have a “cupcake schedule” as well? Because the Bears have the same schedule minus two diff. teams. Not to mention the two teams the Bears beat were both playoff teams, obviously. Adrian Peterson was the best runningback last year. AJ Green is a top 5 WR. The Bengals were one of the best defenses last year and so was the Vikings. Anyway lets examine the Bears remaining schedule.

    Pitt. – under achieving
    Detroit: Calvin Johnson, Bush, and a great front seven.
    New Orleans: Drew Brees, and a vastly improved D.
    Giants– 2 time superbowl champs
    Was–RGIII will have shaken org the rust by then.
    GB: enough said
    Detroit: ” ”
    Baltimore: Well coached young talent. Defending superbowl champs.
    St.Louis: Great young talent and a great coach.
    Vikings: AP
    Dallas: Dez and Romo and the offense are always a threat.
    Cleveland:I have nothing for this except Ray Horton is a greatdefensive coordinator.
    Philadelphia: high speed offense
    GB: ” ”

    They have a threat each week. If you spent more time researching your claim instead of basing it off an emotional hatred of the Bears you might have thought twice before you spoke.

  55. thatswhatimsayin says: Sep 16, 2013 6:36 PM

    deweyaxewound says:

    FIRST OFF!!!!!!!! It absolutely WAS field condition and Jay Cutler’s demeanor that cost the Vikings the game! Fact! There is video evidence of airplanes high in the atmosphere salting the clouds to cause it to rain! Fact! Soldier Field grounds crews were caught Giving illegal doses HGH (human grass hormones) to your field just hours before the game! Fact! None of these shenanigans would have ever happened in the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome! Secondly Jay cutler IS an A..hole jock, because they just found a bound and gagged whimpering Robbie Gould in his locker this morning. Thirdly, If the Vikings had no business being in the 4th quarter of this game, And in the playoffs lat year, then why were they there? Riddle me that one BATMAN!

  56. larryboodry says: Sep 16, 2013 8:09 PM

    @dewey:

    Bears actually lost the turnover battle 4-3, but the rest of your comments were spot-on.

  57. zraskovich says: Sep 16, 2013 8:55 PM

    Any Vikes fan knows that this loss falls on the coaching staff. Had the momentum and an opportunity to seal the deal and they settled for 3. It’s that no killer mentality that leads us short more often than we should. Sad part is they know it and still call the game that way thinking that maybe this time we’ll pin down a returner…and our Denny Green “prevent D” will actually work. So many easy fixes there it makes you wonder what the staff thinks our team is really capable of. …vs what we are capable of at this point.

  58. timcast12 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:02 PM

    Bears suck, Greenbay is better

  59. 7ransponder says: Sep 16, 2013 9:10 PM

    The amount of holier-than-thou chest beating in these comments is off the charts. Bears fans while about calls just as much as any other team’s fans in the league do.

    Since we look up to the players, we should really judge the team by how much the *players* whine, and I think we can all agree the Packer players have that market cornered.

  60. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 17, 2013 12:24 AM

    In situations like this, I think everyone needs to stop, take a deep breath, and remember that the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl.

    Have a good night.

  61. ndrick731 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:41 AM

    Then get rid of the rule

  62. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 17, 2013 12:25 PM

    I love when the Bears win and the haters freak out. Why waste time being angry, a win is a win! Move on, It’s week 2!

    Cutler with a last minute winning drive FTW, even better!!!!

  63. thompsonway says: Sep 17, 2013 2:15 PM

    Don’t worry viks, and bears, we refs decided last year to only blow calls on Wisconsin teams. So, your good.

  64. rob3113bor says: Sep 17, 2013 10:58 PM

    If your fkn team is too fkn stupid to know to wear longer cleats then you should lose. Thats in response to the several idiots trying to make a case for the vikings because “its the field!” But is that the same reason cordarelle opened with a 108 yd TD, because the Bears didnt have their long cleats on? So thr one fkhwad ends his comment with “get a dome.” If you are a Viking fan you should have grown up knowing that Minnesota has miserable weather and as a kid you might have grown up playing outside unless your mom is a candy ass. You are in
    themidwest…play like yo are in the midwest you sissy bitch.

  65. ejmat2 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:15 PM

    No excuses as a Viking fan. The fact is regardless of whether it was a penalty or not, they still let him score. You can’t rely on refs when the game is on the line. If it was something that actually effected the play, that would be one thing. But it had no effect at all. Bennett would have caught the ball whether there were 7, 8 or all 11 people on the LOS. The non-call on the Rudolph pass was more a question. So was the handoff on 3rd and 4 when you have Corderrelle Patterson, Joe Webb and Simpson that can all jump as high as anyone. Stop playing not to lose!

  66. bernster67 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:47 PM

    Actually if the outside WR covers up the inside WR, the inside WR because an ineligible WR.

    It’s just like speeding but if the cop doesn’t see you it did happen.

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