Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears makes the game-winning touchdown catch over Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings with 10 seconds left in the game at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - On Sunday, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier stepped to the podium after a disappointing 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears.
It was clear that the head coach felt that he watched a win slipped away, but it was also clear on Monday, that he and his team are moving forward.
"After today this will be it for us talking about this ball game," Frazier said.
The desire to move on from a loss in the final seconds of the game is understandable, but there were also a number of things that Frazier said at his Monday news conference that he was happy with.
"The way our offense came on, especially in the second half, our offensive line really began to get some movement against their defensive line," said Frazier. "I saw some things that, hopefully, we can build on."
The Vikings held the Bears to just seven points in the second half, and while the offense and Christian Ponder did a better job of moving the ball, another problem was exposed.
"The red zone issues we had definitely affected our day," Frazier said. "Down there three different times (in the second half) and to come away with just field goals, definitely could have affected the outcome of the ball game."
But, just like on Sunday, Frazier praised his players for their never-give-up attitude, their desire to win and their effort all the way to the end. He says that is what it will take to bounce back from a pair of road losses to divisional foes.
"I think that gives us a chance going forward," Frazier said.
Frazier continued to take blame for the overall management of certain key situations in the game that ultimately lead to the loss, but he also was quick to call out players like Kevin Williams, Jerrid Allen, Letroy Guion and Brian Robison for forcing defensive turnovers that kept the Vikings in the ball game.
"You can't take away all of the good things that our defense did yesterday. There are some things from my standpoint that I need to manage better," Frazier said.
And Frazier said, next time, he will do better.
"We are going to win our share of close ball games," Frazier said.
The Vikings get a chance to win their first game of the season on Sunday at home against the Cleveland Browns. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.
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