Really really REALLY bad.
Where the Vikings were prolific and explosive Sunday, the Bears were confused and sloppy. Where Brett Favre was decisive with the football, Jay Cutler was tentative.
Favre completed 32 of 48 passes for a season-high 392 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vikings intercepted Jay Cutler twice in a 36-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Bears defense had no answer for the multifaceted Vikings. Like every other defense to face the Vikings this season, they focused on stopping Peterson early on Sunday. And Favre picked them apart just as he's done to every other unit.
Chicago held Peterson to 35 yards on 11 carries in the first half, prompting coach Brad Childress to tell offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to open things up.
Favre responded by completing 20 of 31 throws for 256 yards and three TDs to give Minnesota a 24-7 lead at the break. Favre threw scoring passes to Percy Harvin, who had six catches for 101 yards, Chester Taylor and Visanthe Shiancoe in the second quarter.
Cutler responded by setting a career-high for interceptions. Cutler already setting a career high with 20 interceptions.
He completed 18 of 23 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown to Johnny Knox. But he was intercepted by Cedric Griffin in the end zone and had a pass tipped in the air and picked off by Jared Allen, who also had two sacks. In the end the Vikings defense completely destroyed the Bears' middling offense.
It was an impressive display, and it made blatantly clear just how far away the Bears are from building not just a quality team but a quality organization. The Vikings aren't perfect, but time and again they've shown they evaluate talent and execute drafts, while the Bears are a weekly display of what happens when you spend six or seven years wasting first-round draft picks.
Maybe it's a sign of how far the Bears have fallen that people don't seem more upset their team just lost four in a row and six out of seven to plummet out of contention in the NFC North. A Vikings beatdown was expected, and delivered. But the Bears need to figure something out quick. A change is needed. Or there will be plenty more of where 36-10 came from in the years to come.
And more pantsing. Literally and figuratively.
Eamonn Brennan is a Chicago-based writer, editor and blogger. He is the editor of Yahoo! Sports's college basketball blog The Dagger and a contributor to Inside The Hall. Follow him at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com, or on Twitter.