It was pretty much a defensive struggle for both teams as their offenses were able to pick up yardage and go back and forth with points the entire game. It was the definition of smash mouth football. Anybody who was able to watch that game this past Sunday, being a fan of either team or not, watched one heck of a game.
Adrian Peterson started off slow but finally got things going as the game went on as he rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries but did not the find end zone all game.
Ponder was able to make plays when they counted, finding eight targets compared to Jay Cutler’s five. The defense was able to cause turnovers, forcing fumbles on both Matt Forte and Cutler while picking off the starting quarterback twice in drives that should have resulted in more points for Chicago.
That’s what really kept them in the game. If it wasn’t for those turnovers, Chicago could have put up more than 31 points on the board and things would have surely ended differently. In the end, Minnesota still had to leave Chicago following a heartbreaking loss but now it’s time to focus on their next opponent.
Ponder finished 16 for 30 with 227 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception in the loss.
At the end of the first half the Browns led the Ravens 6-0. This game really surprised me. Cleveland was able to pick up 13 first downs as quarterback Brandon Weeden went 21 for 33 with 227 passing yards. Quarterback Jason Campbell was able to see a little time as he went one for six for only six passing yards.
Richardson was only able to pick up 58 yards on 18 carries in the disappointing loss.
Peterson should have a field day against this defense.