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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