Childress Expects Bears Best Shot

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 25, 2009 – 2:12 pm

The Chicago Bears are in the midst of a 3-game losing streak and heading in the wrong direction as the NFL regular season approaches its final stretch of games.

But that doesn’t have Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress fooled as he prepares his team for its 1st game of the season against the division rivals.

“For us, [a] divisional opponent is huge,” Childress said. “It’s a great rivalry. I don’t have any illusions about getting their best shot. Divisional teams are tough to beat. We play them twice (coming up); we’ve played everybody else twice. We’ll have our hands full.”

In an unusual scheduling circumstance, the Vikings have already finished their season series with both Green Bay and Detroit, while they haven’t played the Bears once. The result is 2 games against Chicago over the next month. They’ll play at Mall of America Field this Sunday and then on December 28 the teams will battle on ESPN’s Monday Night Football at Soldier Field.

Childress told reporters at Winter Park on Monday that he has a lot of respect for the way the Bears play defense and he also said that the Chicago offense has enough pieces to cause trouble for opposing defenses.

The Vikings have been riding the hot hand of QB Brett Favre for a good part of the season, and now the Purple will face the league’s 8th-ranked passing defense. On the other side of the ball, QB Jay Cutler’s favorite target is TE Greg Olsen, and the Vikings have had their share of difficulties defending tight ends (see: Davis, Vernon and Finley, Jermichael).

Add in this week’s odd schedule because of the Thanksgiving holiday and the Vikings will need to be at their best in order to hold serve at home and take one step closer to winning the NFC North.

“We need to make sure we’re about our business,” Childress said. “With the holiday in here, we just need to take care of our business and prepare the right way this week.”

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11 Responses to “Childress Expects Bears Best Shot”

  1. By ray morgan on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    the bears are who we thought they were!!!!!! should be a closer game then you think cutler,hester, last chance maybe for bears go vikes

  2. By 4everpurple on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    with the purple gang”s much improved special teams play Hester will be a non-factor.

  3. By vikefan4eva on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Vikings are obviously a better team then the bears, but even if they were playing against the Browns they don’t need to get comfortable. Look what happened with the Steelers.

  4. By blitz on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    This game is the toughest so far. Don’t drop your gloves Vikes………

  5. By FAVREACTS on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply


  6. By PurplePeopleEater on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    A steady balance of AP and Chester all day will make a huge difference in this game. Chester reminded us last week that he deserves a starting position somewhere in the NFL, and can really help wear out a defense when he is given a good chunk of carries as well. There’s no need to try very many passing plays, just let Jay Culter win this one for us!

  7. By PAVikesFan on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    There is no way we drop our gloves for this game, it’s a division rival, we can unofficially officially end their season, if you know what I mean…Yes. it’s going to be a tough game, they are going to lay everything on the line, and let’s face it, the Bears always play us tough, but, we clearly have the better team and if we execute on the defensive side of the ball and protect the ball on offense, then we should take this one…PS, I cant put into words how much I despise the Bears, their fan-base, their media, everything about the Bears I ha-te, yes, even worse than the Packers, the Bears have some of the most coc-ky fans in the NFL…I hope we anhilate them and humiliate them

  8. By ibleedpurple on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    The only thing missing is that killer insinct, get that and nothing can stop the vike!! take no prisoners!!! GO VIKES!!!

  9. By vikingfan1955 on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    I never take any team lightly but this bears team has gone down and they no longer have a dominate defense.We win this and we can almost walk into the playoffs.I think our offense will show out.I see more confidence in them every week.

  10. By Hakes on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    This game won’t even be close by the time the third quarter rolls around. I’m thinking Vikings 41 Bears 17. Cuttler will throw 4 pics and Hesner will Fumble a return. Go Vikings………….

  11. By Earle Swift on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    Vikings fan in VA. I am loving this season! The whole team is feeding off each other not just off Brett. I do hope he sticks around longer than just this year and next year. I hope Jared Allen gets up close and personal with Jay Cutler. If Winfield is back maybe he takes a couple back to the house. I want to say that Childress has done a great job with the team. Vikings should lead Pro Bowl Votes!!! Last comment Adrian, Percy, Shank, Bernard all have great and safe game!!

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