Alshon Jeffery up, Jeremy Langford down in Bears' loss to Vikings

Wide receivers catch game balls in Vikings' win (1:35)

Stefon Diggs earns ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling's game ball for his late touchdown. ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson awards Alshon Jeffery his game ball after catching 10 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. (1:35)

CHICAGO -- A look at the Chicago Bears players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.


Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery dominated the Minnesota Vikings. The 6-foot-3 wideout caught 10 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown Sunday. Jeffery's 21-yard touchdown reception was a thing of beauty. Now healthy, Jeffery is beginning to stack up 100-yard receiving yard games. The soon-to-be free agent is looking to get paid. At this rate he won't have any trouble.

Jay Cutler: Cutler barreled over Vikings safety Harrison Smith for a 4-yard touchdown that at the time appeared to be the game-winner. Cutler was robbed of another come-from-behind victory because of the defense, but he still finished with 211 passing yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing score (94.4 passer-rating).

Christian Jones: The 2014 undrafted free agent is settling in at inside linebacker. Jones moved well in space, where he made several tackles close to or behind the line of scrimmage. Adrian Peterson rushed for 103 yards, but he didn't take over the game. The play of Jones is one of the reasons Peterson failed to go off.


Sherrick McManis: McManis entered the game on defense after starting nickel back Bryce Callahan suffered a concussion. McManis promptly missed an open-field tackle on Stefon Diggs' late fourth-quarter 40-yard touchdown that tied the score at 20-20. McManis picked a crucial moment to commit a huge error. He just has to make that play.

Jeremy Langford: Subbing for the injured Matt Forte, Langford dropped a critical third-down pass on the Bears' final fourth quarter possession. If Langford makes the catch (the ball hit him in the hands), the Bears either win in regulation or the game heads to overtime. Langford's miscue allowed the Vikings to take back possession and drive for the game-winning field goal.

Special teams: Veteran Marc Mariani had a tough afternoon in the return game, but the Bears' punt coverage unit is the real culprit. Somehow, the Bears permitted Minnesota's Marcus Sherels to return a Pat O'Donnell punt 65-yards for a touchdown. Even ultra-reliable Robbie Gould pushed a late 51-yard goal wide left (his first miss of the year). Chicago used to be a powerhouse on special teams. That era is over.