MINNEAPOLIS -- As Minnesota Viking marauder Adrian Peterson ran roughshod over the Chicago Bears' defense in the first quarter, trampling their hopes and stiff-arming their Super Bowl dreams, prayerful Bears fans looked to the sky. Specifically the roof.
Couldn't the Mall of America Field roof just a rip a few seams to postpone this beating? A little snow day?
If that was your thought, who could blame you?
At the time, as the Vikings built up a quick two-touchdown lead that turned out to be unbeatable, it looked as if the Bears' season was collapsing under the weight of injuries, inefficiency and inevitable regression to the mean.
With a 21-14 loss to the Vikings, the Bears' fourth loss in five games, it's beginning to look a lot like ... last year.