Vikings Anticipate Aggressive, Blitzing Bears Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 12, 2010 – 10:30 am

Two teams quite familiar with one another will battle at Soldier Field this Sunday when the Vikings and Bears engage in an important NFC North battle. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress mentioned to reporters on Wednesday that this year’s Bears defense looks similar – personnel-wise – to the Bears defense the Vikings faced last year – with one exception.

This year’s Bears defense likes to blitz.

“While the structure of the defense is essentially the same, you see a lot more fire zones, the linebackers coming, safeties coming, that type of thing,” Childress explained. “More aggressive from that standpoint. That’s a marked difference.”

The Vikings will need to be buttoned up in their blitz protection schemes, particularly RBs Toby Gerhart and Adrian Peterson. Both players have improved in their pass protection and both players must take another step forward in that area to protect QB Brett Favre on Sunday.

The Bears tendency to blitz is one form of their aggressiveness on defense, but another is their penchant for forcing turnovers, specifically fumbles. They do this by making a point to punch and rake at the football while defensive teammates hold the ball-carrier up.

“They’re a great rake it, strip it, try to punch it out team,” Childress said. “You have to be mindful of taking care of the football here because they do a great job of the second guy in the pile trying to take it.”

The Bears have forced more fumbles (20) than any other NFL team and only 4 teams have recovered more fumbles than Chicago (9). Peterson, who dealt with fumbling issues last year but so far this year has rectified the problem, has taken note of the Bears fumble-forcing habits.

“They’d rather try to strip the ball than tackle first,” Peterson said. “That can hurt you in the long run. That’s one thing those guys do. I’ve seen it on tape. I’ve just got to continue doing what I’ve been doing; keeping the ball high and tight and taking advantage of those guys stripping the ball instead of going for the tackle.”

Despite the high number of turnovers Chicago’s offense has committed, the Bears are still +1 in turnover ratio, a stat that is a testament to an aggressive, opportunistic defense.

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24 Responses to “Vikings Anticipate Aggressive, Blitzing Bears Defense”

  1. By arahn on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    I hope you told our O-line about this.

  2. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    we will get out-coached again, so the players need to play for themselves

  3. By SmileyStar on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Favre and the rest of the Vikings will not lose the game, even if that means benching Childress again…

  4. By fire childress on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    they should just leave chilly in the locker room during the games. the team will have a chance of winning that way

  5. By Old Skool on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Let Brett call all the plays. And fire Chilly Willy.

  6. By arahn on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    fire childress: you crack me up man! thanks for the laughs during this tormented season

  7. By Rick on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    I they do let him out of the locker room keep the head set unplugged.

  8. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Why didn’t we get Peppers?

  9. By purplehaze on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    sane i asked the same question when he was on the market, he’d have shown how to get the heat on, everyplay all game long.. the vikes could have used a leader like that along with Jared A.

  10. By BE SANE & SERIOUS on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    I know– I saw Peppers for sale and I hoped we would get him– he and Allen– wow! And Uralacher is back this year- he was not playing last year– our O-line better come prepared to will a win.

  11. By Rick on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Woulda, coulda, and shoulda forward motion would be, could be, should be getting Chilly back to Philly

  12. By taser the refs on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hang on to the ball and we will win even with Jackson if Brett gets knocked out. Best not fight for extra yards this week. Harvin needs some rest, so this might be a good week to take off.

  13. By Robins on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings please beat these bears! And protect your quarterback! Hang on to the ball and we will win! Good luck Vikings!

  14. By purplehaze on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    hope for the best, fear the worse, that the vike motto this year; if they could get out of our own way they’d be awesome, and cruising to the division crown.

    chili dog best get a clue this game, ’cause i still believe he is one crushing defeat away from being shown the door.

    a 3-6 record with at least the bears three games up with seven to go would be the end of it; the pack winning really muddies the waters, and chili will have no chance to jump these two teams the irratic way they are playing.

  15. By vikadan on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    we can win this game if the vikes can give favre protection, thats up to mckinnie and load , we need to tackle and tackle hard, put them down!! we dont want to come from behind anymore, hope favre can cut down on turnovers too, when favre gets winged put jackson in for a little while, hes got speed, also if they mixed it up more the bears defense will have to stay very sharp so i hope they change a few things this week ,i have to say the vikings win or lose are still the most exciting team to watch!! go vikes!!

  16. By rocksalt on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    One thing is for certain, we will have to play better than we did last week in order to win.

  17. By John on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    As a Bears fan, it’s a simple as this. We are as solid as any team at all positions except one. If the Vikes can attack our O-line, it’s a game winner, period. Give Cutler time to throw and holes for Forte, and Vikes will have to keep up. Not saying you can’t just saying. Look for Peppers to hunt Favre and the D to try and strip AP. But I think all teams D’s are dreaming of Cutler w/ our O-line. And please kick to Hester, he is back to form, already two this year and he barely touches the ball. The all-time record he tied his last (13, his superbowl onwe didn’t count) was done in 500 less attempts than the record holder. Gotta give him props, I don’t care what fan you are!

  18. By ozzinator on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    why don’t we get a guy like

  19. By Michael Tammaro on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    I think we will win the game because of adrian peterson he is having a fine year He will wear the bears defence down and tak over the game the he did last year.

  20. By H.L. on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings need to bench and/or get rid of Abdullah. He is cursing the team and is no good as a defensive back. If you don’t bench him, the rest of the year will be more losses.

  21. By viking/lakers Purple&gold on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply


  22. By Nordic Fan on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    This is the turnaround point for the norsemen 24-10 Vikes win…..

  23. By olddog on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Sad to say Arahn I don’t think they notified the Oline.

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