MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bears started the season 2-0. Nothing has gone right since.
The Minnesota Vikings handed the Bears their fifth straight loss, winning 25-7 Sunday. Chris Chandler was harassed all afternoon, going 15-for-25 for 176 yards with an interception, and Anthony Thomas was held to 18 yards rushing.
"We're not just making any plays," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "Seems like we always screw up or do something stupid every game."
Last week against Detroit, the Bears had just 89 yards rushing. The Vikings (2-5) held them to 44.
"No matter who you play, you have to shut down the run," Minnesota defensive tackle Chris Hovan said. "They become one-dimensional, and it's over."
Chicago's lone touchdown didn't come until the first play of the fourth quarter.
"That certainly wasn't pretty in any area," said Bears coach Dick Jauron, whose team went 13-3 a year ago and was expected to challenge for the NFC title. "It's frustrating, no doubt. There's nobody who's happy right now."
Starting in place of the injured Jim Miller, Chandler's interception came against a pass defense ranked next-to-last in the NFL. Greg Biekert got Minnesota's first pick of the day on a pass intended for Marty Booker, and the Vikings turned it into a touchdown on a 1-yard run by Moe Williams to go up 10-0.
Daunte Culpepper was 22-of-29 for 216 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss in the corner of the end zone, their first TD connection since Week 2.
"I was harping on myself all week that if it's not there, don't force it," Culpepper said. "Randy's been there all year, and when I've tried to force it to him a few times, bad things have happened."
Culpepper, who had 16 turnovers heading into this week, fumbled at the goal line in the third quarter. But Minnesota scored two plays later when Fred Robbins tackled Thomas in the end zone for a safety to make it 22-0.
This is not the same Chicago team that beat Minnesota in the season opener. The defense, notably missing tackle Ted Washington (foot and ankle), linebacker Warrick Holdman (knee) and cornerback R.W. McQuarters (hamstring), was worn out by the Vikings' patient offense that held the ball for more than two-thirds of the game.
"The same things just keep happening and happening," linebacker Rosevelt Colvin said. "It just gets ridiculous."
Moss had nine receptions for 119 yards, Gary Anderson kicked three field goals and Michael Bennett ran 29 times for 106 yards to lead the Vikings.
Chandler connected with Booker for a 27-yard TD pass in the first quarter for Chicago's only score. He had much more success in his last start to the Metrodome, when he passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns to lead Atlanta past the Vikings in the 1999 NFC championship.
"I feel as awful as everyone else does," Chandler said. "We have to do way better."
Notes: Chandler was hit hard on a fourth-quarter incompletion, and Henry Burris took over for the final two possessions. On just two carries, Burris led the Bears in rushing with 19 yards. Chandler said he had the wind knocked out of him. ... Williams had only one rushing TD in first six seasons, five with Minnesota and one with Baltimore. He has six this year. ... The Vikings hadn't held an opponent to seven points in their past 36 games. They beat Miami 13-7 on Sept. 10, 2000. ... Moss returned a kickoff for 11 yards and, after taking a lateral from Culpepper in the third quarter, also attempted a pass. It was incomplete.
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