Turning Focus To The Chicago Bears

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 10, 2010 – 8:17 am

As fun as it is to dissect and review last weekend’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals, we must now turn our attention to the Vikings upcoming opponent – the Chicago Bears. Halfway through the season, Chicago (5-3) sits 2 games ahead of the Vikings in the NFC North standings and they enter this week’s matchup coming off a close road victory over the Buffalo Bills in Toronto.

Soldier Field has not been a pleasant venue for the Vikings over the last decade. Minnesota has won just twice at Soldier Field since 2000 and last year the Vikings lost a nail-biter in overtime on a cold, blustery night. This week, though, the Vikings play a Noon CT game on the road and the weather forecast for Chicago is much better than last year’s – partly cloudy, high of 49 degrees and only a 20% chance for rain.

So who are the Chicago Bears? On one hand they are the team that started out hot, winning 4 of their first 5 games. They have the NFL’s 7th ranked overall defense (allowing 309.6 YPG), the 3rd-ranked rushing defense (83.9 YPG) and the 4th-best scoring defense (16.6 PPG). On the other hand, they’ve lost 2 of their last 3 games (both at home) and they don’t rank higher than 21st in any major team offensive categories (29th overall offense, 21st passing, 27th rushing and 27th scoring).

A major goal for the Vikings this week should be to rush the passer. Bears QB Jay Cutler is talented in that he has a terrific arm, but he’s also prone to mistakes, especially when he’s being pressured. Cutler has 9 TDs this year but he also has 7 INTs and he’s been sacked 28 times in just 7 games played – ouch. But given those numbers, he’s still managed to build a passer rating of 86.0, which is respectable.

In analyzing Chicago’s QB performance, though, we must also look at the team numbers because Cutler was unable to play in Week 5. As a team, Chicago has allowed the most sacks in the NFL (32), they’ve thrown the 4th-most INTs (12) and they rank 29th in passer rating (73.1).

Another focal point for the Vikings this week should be RB Adrian Peterson, who has a history of torching the Bears. Peterson has 11 rushing TDs against Chicago in 6 games played and who could forget his performance at Soldier Field in 2007 as a rookie when he rushed for 224 yards and 3 TDs on 20 carries and also starred as a kick returner. That day Peterson totaled 361 yards in helping lead the Vikings to a thrilling 34-31 win. We’ll have more on Peterson versus the Bears later this week on the Blog.

That’s it for now, but before we go we’ll leave you with a few important Bears-related statistics…

The Good
– The Bears defense ranks #1 in the NFL in forcing opponents to go 3-and-out (35.6% of the time).
– Chicago has the 5th-best 3rd-down defense in the NFL, holding opponents to a 34.2% conversion rate.
– Chicago is +1 in turnover ratio.

The Bad
– Chicago scores TDs just 37.5% of the time they enter the red zone, which ranks 29th in the NFL
– The Bears offense has the 3rd-most 3-and-out offensive drives and they rank last in the NFL with a 22.9% 3rd-down conversion rate.

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22 Responses to “Turning Focus To The Chicago Bears”

  1. By arahn on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Bears like to play dirty in their house but Vikes can overcome playing like they did last week. I saw our team with a sense of mission last sunday and I hope they can keep doing that. Remember, Cutler is no where near as tough as Favre — he’s the week link so go get him D!

  2. By acer on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings have all the star players, and they will come out smokin! !! Sorry Lovie season is over for your Bears time to Hibernate for the winter…..

    Vikings 24 Bears 17

  3. By D Wagz on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    You could feel the tides shifting on Sunday vs. the Cards. Brett just simply said Ive had enough…This is who I am…This is who we are !! Every game from here on in is Do or Die ! Sunday, vs. Da Bears is war # 1. To quote Chilly, ” I don’t have a crystal ball ” but I believe our mighty purple are about to get very hot, and make up for atleast three games ( GB MIA NE ) we shoulda won ! Come on Boyz !

  4. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    This will be a huge win! Look forward to it.

  5. By Stoney on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    I hope I’m wrong. but I see no reason to think the Vikes are a playoff team, or will beat the Bears in Chicago. Last game they exploited a prevent D in the 2nd half.

  6. By Chaz on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    These players have completly lost repsect for Chilly, they are playing for each other and as a team. If they win it wont be because of the coaching.

  7. By cal on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    the vikes havnt won on the road in I dont even remember. Its the biggest hurdle they have. If they can get this one their confidence could be restored and then they can roll.

  8. By jim w on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes sure could use Moss this week. Struggled against the Cards not a good sign for playing against one of the best defensives this week. Will off the field circus effect on the field performance?

  9. By purplehaze on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    yeah they are terrible on the road of late, and especially outdoors, but the weather might work to the vikes advantage if it’s calm and cool out as forecast, and daylight too,..good luck vikes, i agree, they are playing for themselves and the fans, that’s it..

  10. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    If we win it will be cuz the players decide to do so…….

    Former Vikings beat writer Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, who now covers the Bears, writes in advance of Sunday’s game between the two teams that the Vikings remain chilly toward Childress.

    “We know that Childress doesn’t have our backs, so why should we have his?” one player told Jensen. “We’re playing for us, and we’re winning despite him.”

    “He has absolutely no people skills,” another team source said regarding Childress.

    Per Jensen, Childress’ post-game rip of quarterback Brett Favre following a narrow loss to the Packers pi s sed off more players than Favre. “For a lot of guys, that was a turning point,” an unnamed player told Jensen

  11. By NovaScotiaVike on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    There once was a coach named Childress, Who completely lacked in finesse, He thought his job he could save, If only Ziggy could he waive!

  12. By soldier1986 on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    rocksalt where did you get that info? thats crazy dude. well we all know the players dont like him anyway so its not a surprise i guess. lol. i was wondering how the players felt after childress through favre under the bus.

  13. By purplehaze on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    what we have here is a failure to communicate should be chilidogs creado..

  14. By Youknowit on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    rocksalt although that article may be true and look bad… look at how elementary it is. It comes out with very serious allegations but never, NEVER, quote a persons name. I could write an article and have it say some stuff but as long as there is no real name to it the guy might as well have made it up. If those certain players were so strongly against childress that they would say they hate him to a reporter, they would let them use there name or they wouldnt say it at all. I’m not saying that players don’t hate him because we know that’s true but to use this article as pure fact is absurd. You might as well quote me because I talked to a player today and he said “Childress wears a man thong”, but he refused to be named.

  15. By Londonx on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    Rocksalt is correct!!!! The players are playing for themselves and for their teamates!!! The team is more unified than ever. The players are not going to relase their names, that would be stupid. Childress starting fights with his players, sorry but Chillie would have been put on I.R permentally if Percy wanted to knock him out.

  16. By ButkusGOAT on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    I make a habit of visiting the upcoming team’s website so I can talk trash. Here I am, here you guys come, and down you will go! Too much confusion in your locker room. All we need do is get you just a bit frustrated and your team will implode. Watch the fireworks if the Bears go up early and cause a couple of turnovers. It’s be like watching a married couple that badly needs counseling. It’ll be sad but fun.

  17. By jim w on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    If all this hatred is present in the locker room it will just be a matter of time. You can’t run an originatuon without mutual respect and the players no longer respect the coach.

  18. By rocksalt on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    here is the link

    If even some of it is true, then it points to serious issuesthat have been brewing for some time……kinda makes sense why we have essentially the same team, but a complete carnival of miscues, poor plays, etc…..only the talent on this team seems to periodically rise to the occasion…….

  19. By Conner on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    ButkusGOAT: After the Bears utter enialation of the 0-8 Buffalo Bills Sunday 22-19. You were probably wretching Buffalo wings when the clock went to zero. Yes, our Vikes have struggled, but they came together and looked as dominant as they did last year during the last half of the 4th quarter. Falling behind doesn’t cause dissention on this team. It’s like Mr. Rogers slipping on his favorite slippers. We miss Chester, we repect the history that is the Bears, but Sunday it’s just another black and blue divisional game that both teams need to win! GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!

  20. By Ricky on Nov 11, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Coach Childress,
    I want the Vikings to win against the Bears. Get your butt moving! I want to help you. GO GET THOSE BEARS!

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