Winfield not using his health as excuse for poor play
CHICAGO — The Vikings and cornerback Antoine Winfield have something in common: They're playing their worst football in quite some time.
Winfield had his second consecutive poor outing, this time in a 36-30 overtime loss Monday night to the Chicago Bears. Winfield gave up the winning touchdown, a 39-yard strike on a go route from Jay Cutler to Devin Aromashodu.
"Terrible," Winfield said of his performance. "I need to get right. I don't know what it is. I'm giving up too many big plays, missing tackles."
He was matched up one-on-one with Aromashodu, a little-known receiver who made a splash with his performance on prime time against a Pro Bowl cornerback.
"I knew the play was coming," Winfield said. "I got the signal from Cutler. I should have bailed. The guy just ran by me."
Winfield also gave up some big plays last week at Carolina against Steve Smith. He missed some tackles and the Vikings fell apart in the fourth quarter of an ugly 26-7 loss.
The back-to-back bad outings for Winfield raise questions about his health. He missed six games because of a fractured right foot, and this was only his third game back.
"I feel all right," Winfield said. "I'm not going to use that as an excuse. I'm out there playing, so I'm capable of getting my job done. I'm just not doing it right now."