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Pernell McPhee: Other teams want it more than Bears

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Bridgewater, Timu get game balls from Vikings-Bears (1:42)

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling gives a game ball to Teddy Bridgewater for his four passing TDs in the Vikings' 38-17 win over the Bears, while ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson awards a game ball to undrafted free agent John Timu. (1:42)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outspoken linebacker Pernell McPhee criticized the Chicago Bears' intensity level in Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium.

"I just think other teams want it more than we want it," McPhee said. "And that's the end of the story. When you want something, you go take it. And right now, everybody's not really trying to take it.

"The last two teams that we lost to wanted it more than we did. They came in and took the games over, and we didn't do it. They wanted it more than we wanted it."

Mired in a three-game losing streak, the Bears have fallen behind early in each of the past two weeks.

One week after they allowed Washington to jump out in front 14-0, Chicago trailed Minnesota 10-0 at the 14:22 mark of the second quarter.

"It's real frustrating," McPhee said. "A lot of it came with missed tackles. We had the Vikings third-and-10 on the first drive, and we blow the coverage and mess up on communication. We got a lot of young guys on the back end. We just have to keep competing, keep communicating."

McPhee returned from his one-week hiatus to finish with four tackles and a pass breakup. The veteran said he intends to finish out the year despite a lingering knee issue. A former member of the Baltimore Ravens, McPhee has never played on an NFL team with a losing record until now. The Bears can do no better than 7-9.

"It's sad as s---," McPhee said. "I ain't ever felt like this. But you live and learn. I promise I'm going to respond the right way. I'm going to be behind my teammates, and continue to do whatever I can to help this team move forward."