Monday Night Meltdown: Bears Rout Vikings 40-14, Clinch NFC North

Todd WashburnContributor IDecember 21, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings leaves the field after being sacked by the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Two things: First, as my roommate was watching the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, I found myself humming the tune, "Be Our Guest."  I also found out that the word "something" can be used very well to replace song lyrics. 

Second, I like my hot chocolate with marshmallows both on bottom and on top before I stir the hot water into the mix.  I don't know, just a thing I found out I do.  Now that those non-sequiturs are out of the way, on to the Vikings.

Will someone please tell Brett Favre it's over?  In a wintry salvo at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings took the field for an old-school football game against the rival Chicago Bears

Enter Brett Favre...again.

The man played a grand total of one hour of the game before he was seeing the tweet-tweets again.  Can we put this to rest now?  It seems that the Minnesota Vikings are having trouble at the quarterback spot. 

Before Favre left the game, he was five-of-seven for 63 yards, one TD and an interception.  Coory Wootton laid a hit on Favre that knocked him out of the game with a head injury.

Rookie Joe Webb made his big game debut, and it wasn't very impressive.  The rookie finished 15/26 with 129 yards in the air, two INTs and zero TDs.  It didn't help that the Vikings couldn't convert on third-down with their anemic Adrian Peterson-less offense or going one-for-nine on third downs, giving the ball away in the air and rookie RB Toby Gerhart and Lorenzo Booker having butterfingers on the night.

Admittedly, Webb was not impressive in his rookie start as an NFL quarterback.  However, I did see a nice 18-yard fade pass to WR Greg Caramillo while being chased by an angry Bears defense. 

My, oh my, did the Bears smell blood.  They were crazy and filled with rage after watching film all week of being stepped on back at Soldier Field by the New England Patriots.  They came out to make a statement, played well and won their third division title under head coach Lovie Smith.

The headlines will not print a "Mean Joe Webb," or, "Yo Joe," tonight.  The Vikings will be licking their wounds in Minnesota trying to figure out how to fix the depth of their field generals, and Ragnar will keep the horn in his pocket.