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Scoggins blog: Stunning turn of events for Vikings in loss

A few thoughts from Vikings' 10-9 loss against the Seattle Seahawks ...

-- Unbelievable turn of event for the Vikings and Blair Walsh. Reliable all game, Walsh missed a potential game-winning 27-yard field with with 22 seconds left. Walsh hooked his kick bad.

-- Teddy Bridgewater gave his team a chance with a perfect pass to Kyle Rudolph for a 24-yard gain that put the Vikings in field goal range.

--  Mike Zimmer described Russell Wilson as "Houdini" this week and one play demonstrated that perfectly. Trailing 9-0, the Seahawks used a broken play to get some life on offense.

The snap whistled past Wilson's left shoulder, causing him to retreat after the ball. Rather than dive on the ball, Wilson scooped it up, scrambled to his right and spotted Tyler Lockett wide open in the middle of the field.

Wilson hit Lockett for a 35-yard gain to the Vikings' 4-yard line. Wilson then completed a 3-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin to cut deficit to 9-7.

-- Adrian Peterson's fumble problems cost the Vikings again in the postseason, just like in the 2009 NFC  Championship game in New Orleans. This time, Peterson fumbled on a reception that led to a Seattle field goal and a 10-9 lead midway through fourth quarter.

Scoggins postgame: Vikings give well-rounded effort in victory

The Vikings had plenty of reasons to feel good about their overall performance in a 38-17 victory against the Chicago Bears. Among them ...

  • Teddy Bridgewater played the best game of his career production-wise and looked in complete control of the offense. Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another. He showed perfect touch on his 15-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs in the first quarter. Bridgewater dropped the ball in a perfect spot for Diggs to run underneath it in the end zone. That was a big-time throw.
  • Offensive coordinator Norv Turner put together another nice game plan for Bridgewater, similiar to the Arizona Cardinals game. Bridgewater used quick-hitting passes to establish a rhythm and keep the Bears defense off-balance. This is the right formula for their offense, coupled with Adrian Peterson's running. The Vikings look like they have found their identity as an offense.
  • The Vikings defense had another stout effort without its three best players -- Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith. Three sacks on Jay Cutler's first eight dropbacks set the tone.
  • The play of the game defensively came from Brian Robison after the Bears executed a successful onsides kick to start the second half. Robison registered a sack/strip/fumble recovery to prevent the Bears from chipping into their 17-7 lead.
  • Jerick McKinnon provided the offense a spark as a receiver and now gives opposing defenses something else to prepare for.

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