More Angles For Bounce Back Vs. Bears

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 23, 2009 – 9:09 am

Are you tired of reading the term bounce back as it relates to the Vikings-Bears game this weekend? You might be, but this is the last blog entry we’ll dedicate to the term.

Here are some more angles that point to the Vikings being able to bounce back on Monday night with a win over the Chicago Bears…

– The Vikings are in a big spot, and so is WR Bernard Berrian. He’ll be going up against his former team for the 4th time since signing with the Vikings as a free agent a couple of offseasons back. In this season’s earlier matchup, Berrian was 1 of 4 Vikings receivers with 6 receptions, and he had 74 receiving yards to boot. In 2008 against his former team, Berrian was a key contributor in both games, hauling in 10 catches for 203 yards and 2 TDs, including a 99-yard TD reception at home in Week 13 that broke the Bears back.

– Adrian Peterson is another offensive player with a nice history going against the Bears. In 5 career games versus the division rival, Peterson has averaged 127.8 yards per game and he has 9 TDs. His best performance was during his rookie season at Soldier Field, when he torched the Chicago defense for a then-franchise record 224 yards. He also tied a team mark with 3 TDs in that game and set a new franchise record for total yards with 361. Peterson’s 53-yard kickoff return late in the 4th quarter is what set up K Ryan Longwell’s game-winning 55-yarder.

– We mentioned in an earlier post today that we should expect the Vikings to get back to the basics and run the ball this week, just as they did 2 weeks ago when they hosted and destroyed the Cincinnati Bengals. These games aren’t played on paper, we know that, but on paper the Vikings realize a couple of key advantages that will help them get back to the basics of running the football and, as a result, scoring lots of points. Chicago has the NFL’s 25th-ranked rushing defense, yielding 128.5 yards per game, and they have the league’s 21st-ranked scoring defense, allowing 23.0 points per game. In contrast, the Vikings have Peterson and an offense that averages 28.3 points per game, 3rd-best in the NFL.

– We’ve been hearing all these pesky stats about the Vikings playing on grass and at night and on national TV and all of that. The fact is, the Vikings are a disappointing 2-3 in games played on grass fields. But Chicago isn’t exactly the NFL’s gift to grass fields. They are just 4-5 on grass fields this season.

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17 Responses to “More Angles For Bounce Back Vs. Bears”

  1. By Youcef on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Favre is not the problem and I can prove it. Read my article:

  2. By gary on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    It might be an advantage to practice outside to prepare for a cold weather game.

  3. By Dakotahoss on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Despite these poor performances, I put money down on season tickets for 2010 and got tics to the 2 possible playoff games for this year. I am a Vikes fan and have followed them since their first game. Just remember guys, “any given Sunday”, any team can beat any team. It’s just a matter of who shows up!!!

  4. By Randy on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Hey, been a Vikings fan forever!!! but here we go again–I haven’t gotten over the Falcons yet—who comes back next year? Farve or Childress? Seems as though we can’t put a good game together when we need to. Anxious about Monday—hope we can get a weeks rest.

  5. By Vike fan in Illinios on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    The OL is a major issue with this offense. We have a quarterback and running back that are Pro Bowl talents. However, if not given a hole to run through or time enough to pass the ball, losses will be the result. Where’s Mike Tice, he could get this OL line fixed and not to mention, make them down right mean. We need a huge blowout on Monday night and carry it forward. Remember TJ got us this far last year. Let’s see if Brett can get us further. Stomp some Bears.

  6. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    We need that second seed or you won’t be using any playoff tickets Dakotahoss!!!! They will lose the first game they play. The biggest game of this year is monday night on national T.V.. If they show up and pound the bears….all is well! If they show up and lose……it’s over! This team will continue to circle the toilet! It will be over! The media will continue to tear this team apart from the inside out! If they win……the media will start to lay off and believe the favre -chilly thing may in fact be over ! They need to pound the bears….37-10 type ponding! Not a 17-14 type deal….a pound job, and then the same against the Giants, or hope Denver or Dallas beats the Eagles!

  7. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    Can anyone explain why…if we beat the bears…go 6-0 in div., but lose to the Giants…and Philly ends up 12-4 also, that they woyuld have the second seed…even though we have a better div. record and the same conference record?! That’s what i’ve been reading.

  8. By PAVikesFan on Dec 23, 2009 | Reply

    U would be mistaken on that one…If we both end up 12-4, the Eagles would have 2 losses vs. the AFC (Raiders,Chargers)…We would have only 1 loss, (Steelers), therefore, they have 10 conference wins and we have 9.

  9. By BeeCharmer on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    why am I blocked

  10. By BrianC on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply


    If we beat the Bears, but lose to the Giants, that would give us a 9-3 conference record. If Philly wins out, their NFC conference record will stand at 10-2. This gives them the tie-breaker edge and the #2 Seed, if both Vikes and Eagles end the season at 12-4. At least, this is my understanding. Corrections, anyone?

  11. By PAVikesFan on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    I just wrote that above yesterday. Yes, it’s correct

  12. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Let’s hope the Eagles go down then or the Giants have nothing to play for next week ! Like I said before, we need the second seed!

  13. By paul on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Correct me if i’m wrong, but the last time Favre won a cold weather game on the road was back-in 2003.

  14. By Stephanie on Dec 25, 2009 | Reply

    Paul, Brett (the Packers) won at Chicago in the last game of the season in 2006.

  15. By Stu on Dec 26, 2009 | Reply

    Chester Taylor,long one of the most underrated backs in the league recently commented that we(the players) were our own worst enemy. How badly you lose a game speaks to the value of preparation before each game,even before the season. Do you have a recipe for believing in your own success, or when strong oppositon comes do you fold?Also, winning games comes easier against teams lacking belief in themselves or their leadership.Through the first two thirds of the season the Vikings played like one of the top 4 teams in football…after that, on the road anyway, they would have been crushed by the Colts or even the Chargers. Dallas, Arizona, New Orleans might all have them for breakfast on the road. If you can’t win on the road, you can’t be considered a truly great team, no matter the talk of potential. Sometimes having nothing to lose breathes new life into a team( Carolina for example )What will it be for the Vikings? It’s hard to stay motivated in this age of luxury with so many distractions. They gotta love the game enough to do whatever it takes. It’s just a game, but Vikings, if you’re going to play, show up!

  16. By Kirby on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    If we beat the Bears, but lose to the Giants and Philly wins out, the conference record won’t matter. Both teams will be 12-4 but we will have the better division record giving us the 2nd seed. If, however, we lose to the Bears, but beat the Giants and Philly wins out then Philly would get the 2nd seed. Here both division records would be 5-1. It would then come down to conference record in which case Philly would be 10-2 and we would be 9-3 giving Philly the 2nd seed.

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