Anyone who tells you they have a good handle on what's going on in the NFL right now is lying to you.
The Minnesota Vikings played ugly football Sunday afternoon, but ugly football is what was needed in grinding out a 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field to keep clinging to their playoff hopes in the topsy-turvy world that is the NFL in 2012.
Go figure, but Adrian Peterson was once again the main cog for the refuse-to-die Vikings, running for 154 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 31 carries.
The Vikings improved to 6-1 at home and 7-6 overall and kept their faint playoff hopes alive in the NFC Wild Card race. Meanwhile, the Bears dropped their fourth game in their last five. Jay Cutler, who missed two games with a concussion, had to leave the game in the fourth quarter after taking a big hit from the Vikings' Everson Griffen.
The Vikings head to St. Louis next week in what will amount to an elimination game against the Rams.
We take a look at the winners and losers for Minnesota in their victory over the Bears.