We saw a resurgent Vikings passing attack in last week’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals, with QB Brett Favre recording a career-best 446 yards passing and 6 different receivers hauling in 4 receptions or more. If the Vikings are to defeat the Chicago Bears this weekend and make it 2 wins in a row, it’s reasonable to expect the passing attack to be productive once again.
But if recent history is any indication, it might actually be RB Adrian Peterson who leads the way for the Vikings at Soldier Field. Peterson was productive last week (144 total yards and 2 TDs), he’s the current NFC rushing leader with 857 yards (7 yards behind Arian Foster for the NFL lead) and he has a history of torching the Bears, especially at Soldier Field.
In 6 career games against the Bears, Peterson numbers are remarkable – 139 carries for 733 yards and 11 TDs. That’s 5.3 yards per carry and just short of 2 TDs per game. His best game against the Bears was his very first back in 2007 as a rookie, when he ripped of 224 yards rushing and 3 TDs on 20 carries in Chicago. He also returned 4 kicks for 128 yards, including a 53-yard return late in the 4th quarter that setup Ryan Longwell for a game-winning 55-yard FG. Peterson totaled 361 yards that day.
It’s not fair to expect that sort of sensational and record-breaking performance again from Peterson, but it is fair to look for #28 to dominate the game. He’s logged 100+ yards rushing against the Bears in 3 of 6 games, he’s scored multiple TDs in 4 of 6 games and he’s carried the ball 20 or more times in 6 of 6 games.
We are certainly not the first to uncover Peterson’s success against the Bears. Obviously the Bears coaching staff and players are figuring out ways to stop Peterson right now. But if they are unable to do so, the Vikings will be at a huge advantage. Establishing the running game on the road is important because it can take the home crowd out of the game and keep the opposing offense on the sidelines. And for the Vikings, it also opens up the passing game for Favre.
And we all know how good this Vikings team can be when the passing game is opened up and clicking on all cylinders.
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