THREE THINGS THAT DIDN'T
1. Offensive penalties. A holding call on guard Cody Whitehair wiped out a 26-yard gain on the Bears' opening drive that would have put them inside the Vikings' 10-yard line. Early in the second quarter, wide receiver Markus Wheaton was whistled for a hold that cost Howard a 42-yard touchdown. It was the first of three penalties on the drive. In both cases, the penalties derailed potential scoring drives and ended in punts.
2. Tarik Cohen's involvement. Are NFL defenses catching on to how the Bears' want to deploy their explosive rookie running back? Cohen was bottled up for the second week in a row. With teams paying extra attention to Cohen after his hot start, the 5-foot-6-inch tailback isn't getting up field quick enough, often failing to move north and south.
3. The offensive line. Left tackle Charles Leno, who signed a four-year extension during training camp, turned in his worst performance of the season against Vikings defensive end Everson Griffin. Three of the Bears' five offensive linemen were flagged for a penalty, including Cody Whitehair, who already has been penalized four times this season.