Garrett Wolfe saw the film. The good. The bad. The ugly.

Garrett Wolfe saw the film. The good. The bad. The ugly.

No, it has nothing to do with the old Clint Eastwood western. It was a review of the 21-16 loss at Washington in the Chicago Bears' last game.

The good was watching his first extensive action. He had three carries for 13 yards and caught his first four pro passes for 37 yards.

The bad was apparent, too.

"You just have to be more active in pass protection," he said. "I saw in pass protection that I kind of got knocked on my butt a little bit, and that's something I'm not proud of.

"I think for the most part I held my own and did what I was supposed to."

The ugly was the fact his team lost, when a victory was necessary to keep playoff aspirations alive.

Now, Wolfe and starter Adrian Peterson have to contend with Minnesota's No. 1-ranked rush defense Monday evening. Watching Vikings film this week was painful for running backs.

"They have a very talented defense," said Wolfe, the former Northern Illinois standout. "Those two guys in the middle (tackles Pat and Kevin Williams) are trouble.

"The main thing I'm excited about it is I'm not responsible to block those guys," he said, breaking into a smile. "I just have to make those guys miss. The offensive line will do a great job, there's no doubt about that. My responsibility is to understand the run game and help create mismatches."

Wolfe can expect similar playing time at Minnesota, and probably in the remaining two games after that.

"We'll get him in there, and see how the flow of game goes," offensive coordinator Ron Turner said. "We want to get him in and take a look. With his quickness and speed, hopefully he can give us something."

Consider Wolfe ready.

"I'm very anxous," he said. "I'm excited about the opportunities that come. I just want to be as prepared as possible to make something happen."

Especially considering it will be his first Monday night game.

"It's great. It's a big deal to me, as is every opportunity to play in the NFL," he said. "I'm excited about it."

Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for the Rockford Register Star. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or rschreck@rrstar.com.

Schreck's Selects

Rockford Register Star NFL writer Reed Schreck makes his weekly predictions (First two picks were made earlier in week):

Houston 24, Denver 17

Cincinnati 23, San Francisco 20

Arizona 27, New Orleans 24

Tampa Bay 20, Atlanta 3

Baltimore 21, Miami 7

Cleveland 23, Buffalo 20

Green Bay 24, St. Louis 17

Pittsburgh 17, Jacksonville 13

New England 37, NY Jets 10

Seattle 20, Carolina 14

Tennessee 17, Kansas City 10

Indianapolis 29, Oakland 20

San Diego 27, Detroit 22

Dallas 26, Philadelphia 21

NY Giants 21, Washington 20

Minnesota 27, Chicago 16

Last week: 12-4, .750.

Season: 140-68, .673.