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Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) fumbles after being hit by Chicago Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins (93) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) fumbles after being hit by Chicago Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins (93) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

FALLING

Henry Melton

Melton finds himself on the milk carton for the second straight week.  The Bears’ defensive line failed to get pressure on the quarterback for the second straight game, resulting in Ponder’s 227-yard performance and just one sack yet again for the defense.  It’s plain and simple for Melton — play like a Pro Bowler or find another home.

Major Wright

This was a tough decision.  Wright tied for the team lead in tackles on Sunday with 10 (8 solo) and recorded a pass deflection.  But the safety struggled in zone coverage yet again and briefly injured himself after lowering his head to make a tackle.  Those are two areas that will could doom Wright in the end, one way or another.

D.J. Williams

Middle linebackers typically show up near the top of the stat sheet for tackles.  But not Williams.  He recorded just three tackles in Sunday’s game and rarely had his name called.  Bostic may be stepping in sooner than later to take over for the struggling veteran.

Coorey Wootton

Here we go again — it’s the same story two weeks in a row.  The defensive line struggled and recorded just one sack.  This time, however, Wootton was the beneficiary.  Wooton will likely see some success once Julius Peppers returns to form (that is if he does), but he at least needs to show that he can be effective on his own.  So far, he hasn’t.

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