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Rough day for Sanford
Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford had a particularly tough day. It began when he got caught on a pick play on Chicago’s first touchdown. Sanford was lined up on tight end Martellus Bennett. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery picked Sanford off the line, giving Bennett enough clearance to catch a 1-yard touchdown pass.
Later in the first quarter, Sanford looked slow to rotate over and provide help to Chris Cook on Brandon Marshall’s 34-yard touchdown catch.
Sanford’s unnecessary-roughness penalty late in the second quarter proved costly because it gave the Bears free yards in their two-minute drill. The Bears ended the drive on a Robbie Gould 20-yard field goal at the halftime gun for a 24-21 lead.
Sanford also was in coverage on Matt Forte’s 13-yard catch on third-and-2 in the third quarter.
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all three were less than 30 yards.
The Vikings finished 0-for-3 in red-zone opportunities. They had the ball first-and-goal from the 6 on their final drive but had to settle for a 22-yard field goal.
“We’ve got to finish in the red zone,” center John Sullivan said. “We score at the end [of the game] to go up 10, we’re in here celebrating.”
• Jared Allen had an active game. He was credited for six tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble.
• Rookie punter Jeff Locke had a better showing after shaky debut in Detroit. Locke averaged 56.7 yards on three punts, including two downed inside the 20.
• Linebacker Desmond Bishop saw his first action after not playing in the opener.
|Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman||4||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Nathan||6|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|