This might have been a breakthrough victory for the Vikings, who didn't use Adrian Peterson much after the first quarter, and didn't seem to need him. Playing a seemingly improved Bears team that at least has kept games close this year, the Vikings surged to a 38-17 victory, giving Teddy Bridgewater two career-best performances in a row.

Last week, he put up a career best in yardage in a loss to a fine Arizona team. Sunday, he shredded the Bears for four touchdown passes and a touchdown run. The Vikings may be heading into the playoffs with a hot quarterback. For the second straight year, Bridgewater has elevated his game in December.


Strib hockey writer Michael Russo and I will be at Tom Reid's Hockey City pub at 4 p.m. on Monday for the Russo-Souhan Show. Please stop by.