|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.9||1-2||3-0||23.7||13.3||353.0||(6.2)||1.7||30.0||14.3||389.7||(5.7)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||23.8||11.9||19.3||29:02||29-150||(5.2)||21-32||65.2%||191||(6)||60-341||(5.6)||(14.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.5||11.5||20.4||31:37||27-112||(4.2)||23-36||63.2%||242||(6.8)||62-354||(5.7)||(15.1)|
|Offense Road Games||21.5||11.2||19.2||28:48||26-140||(5.3)||22-34||65.9%||176||(5.2)||60-315||(5.3)||(14.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.1||10.2||21.4||31:27||28-112||(3.9)||23-36||63.6%||229||(6.3)||65-341||(5.2)||(15.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||10.7||20.3||31:31||27-118||(4.4)||21-35||60.5%||237||(6.7)||62-355||(5.7)||(15.8)|
|Defense Road Games||26.0||15.0||22.0||31:12||32-129||(4.1)||21-32||65.1%||212||(6.6)||64-341||(5.3)||(13.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.8||1.6||-0.4||13-4||33.9%||0-0||80.0%||3-78||(27.9)||2-19||(9.5)||6-48|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||39.3%||1-0||53.7%||3-64||(25.1)||22-2||(9.7)||7-56|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.7||0.7||1.5||-1.0||13-5||38.9%||0-0||100.0%||3-100||(33.2)||2-33||(13.1)||7-63|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.5||0.7||1.2|| ||14-6||41.1%||1-1||53.8%||1-40||(28.9)||2-19||(7.7)||6-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||36.4%||1-1||54.5%||2-55||(22.5)||21-2||(8.8)||7-59|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.2||0.2||0.5|| ||14-6||41.1%||2-1||71.4%||0-9||(19)||2-17||(9.7)||6-59|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.2||1-2||2-1||21.3||11.3||250.0||(4.5)||2.3||21.7||11.7||301.0||(5.4)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||24.9||9.8||17.9||31:49||29-123||(4.2)||18-30||59.6%||176||(5.9)||59-299||(5.1)||(12)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.7||11.1||20.2||31:37||27-113||(4.2)||22-35||62.8%||234||(6.7)||62-347||(5.6)||(14.7)|
|Offense Home Games||21.2||10.8||18.2||31:15||28-116||(4.1)||18-32||57.9%||175||(5.5)||60-291||(4.9)||(13.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.5||8.8||17.4||28:11||23-96||(4.2)||22-37||59.5%||216||(5.9)||59-311||(5.2)||(18.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.2||10.6||20.5||31:39||26-110||(4.2)||22-36||62.1%||245||(6.8)||62-355||(5.7)||(16)|
|Defense Home Games||13.8||8.0||17.8||28:45||24-93||(3.9)||21-38||53.9%||204||(5.3)||62-297||(4.8)||(21.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.6||1.8||1.2||13-5||36.6%||1-0||37.5%||3-54||(18.8)||3-20||(7.9)||7-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.5||1.3||1.7||13-5||37.2%||1-0||51.7%||3-67||(24.2)||20-2||(9.3)||6-56|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||1.2||13-4||28.1%||1-0||33.3%||3-52||(15.2)||2-22||(10.1)||6-46|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.9||1.1||3.0|| ||13-4||31.8%||1-0||62.5%||3-55||(21.1)||2-7||(4.6)||4-39|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||39.1%||1-0||51.1%||3-62||(22.5)||20-2||(9.4)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||2.0||1.0||3.0|| ||14-4||31.9%||1-1||60.0%||2-41||(20.7)||2-8||(3.9)||4-32|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 19.1, CHICAGO 19.3|
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|12/23/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/19/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||7-32||L||3.5||L||34||O||28-85||14-22-58||2||29-123||16-23-232||0|
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|MINNESOTA: The Vikings will continue to transition from the zone-blocking scheme they used under Brad Childress to the man-to-man scheme offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave installed in his first season last year. If anything, the new system was a plus for Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, who were both excellent running the ball last season. After tearing his ACL last December, Peterson might not be ready to go full speed in September, in which case Gerhart would carry a heavy workload with Lex Hilliard seeing spot duty. Percy Harvin also sees a couple of carries every game. Peterson gets a big majority of the red zone touches when healthy. If he's out, Gerhart will assume that role and the Vikings will likely use him often. Musgrave has Christian Ponder moving around a lot in a West Coast passing game. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Harvin will play more following a season in which he was on the field for about 60 percent of the team's snaps. After he serves a three-game suspension, Jerome Simpson will provide a vertical threat. Michael Jenkins will still see the field, but not many targets. Ponder looks short often, so TE Kyle Rudolph should be targeted frequently. They'll also use John Carlson in two-TE sets about 50 percent of the time. Harvin was a popular target for Ponder when they threw in the red zone, and Minnesota uses its tight ends more often near the goal line. Despite tying the Eagles for the most sacks in the NFL last year, the Vikings were unimpressive on the defensive side of the ball. DE Jared Allen (22 sacks in 2011) is still the most ferocious DE in football, but this secondary is awful, coming off an eight-interception season with 251 passing YPG allowed. Allen posted a career year, falling one sack short of the league record, despite having to a below-average defense where he gets double-teamed on most plays. His durability and consistency are simply unmatched among NFL defensive linemen. One of the beneficiaries of all the attention that gets paid to Allen is fellow DL Brian Robison. After signing a three-year deal before the 2011 season, Robison earned his keep with a career-best performance. LB Chad Greenway is a bit one-dimensional as a run-stopper, but he has excelled in that area'Greenway is second in the NFL in total tackles (395) over the past three years. When healthy, Antonie Winfield is still excellent in run support, but at 35 years old he's not getting any more durable. The Vikings need him to stay healthy and effective if they're to have any chance of keeping up with the passing games of the teams in the division. |
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Mike Tice coached the offensive line for the past two years, so there will be few changes to the running game. They figure to skew as run-heavy as they did under Mike Martz last year (46.6 percent rush percentage, seventh-highest in the NFL). Tice's scheme involves a lot of stuff outside the tackles, then a healthy mix of inside zone plays. Assuming he's signed, Matt Forte figures to have only a slightly lesser workload than a year ago, when he played about 70 percent of the reps. Michael Bush should take closer to 35-40 percent of reps, and he could end up stealing short-yardage duties as well. The Bears often struggled to get a push in a short field last year, so it's no guarantee they'll stay run-heavy in the red zone. The Bears' passing game will look different. They brought in Jeremy Bates, who was close with Jay Cutler in Denver, as quarterbacks coach. Rather than the anticipatory throws required in Martz's offense, Cutler will be hitting big receivers facing him. Brandon Marshall is reunited with Cutler and should see a heavy majority of passes. Rookie Alshon Jeffery is expected to start and, despite his questionable long speed, will probably be asked to stretch the field a bit more. They'll go three-wide with Earl Bennett playing the slot often. The tight ends will be used more than they were in Martz's offense, especially Kellen Davis. The star of the defense is Julius Peppers, who still dominated in all facets in 2011 despite playing through a knee injury. He sees a lot of double teams playing on an otherwise mediocre defensive line whose only other notable player is Israel Idonije. After years as a backup, Idonije worked hard to become a starter in 2010 and has had two strong seasons. Linebacker Brian Urlacher is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, but he's also coming off a major knee sprain that could linger at least into training camp. Lance Briggs looked half a step slow last year, failing to record double-digit total tackles in a game even once after Week 3. Charles Tillman is outstanding in run support, not so much in coverage, where he's undersized and was targeted an NFL-high 117 times last year. He's involved in as many plays as anyone on this defense. Special teams is where Chicago continues to excel, largely because of the reliable right leg of kicker Robbie Gould and superstar Devin Hester, the best return man in NFL history. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Vikings-Bears Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Facing a potential three-game losing streak, the Chicago Bears are hoping for Jay Cutler's return.
The Minnesota Vikings surely don't share that sentiment.
With Cutler's status still up in the air, the Bears may have to rely on a better performance from backup Jason Campbell as they try to continue their dominance of the rested Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Cutler is trying to return from a concussion suffered in a 13-6 home loss to Houston two weeks ago. He sat out Monday's 32-7 loss at San Francisco, while Campbell connected on 14 of 22 passes for 107 yards with one touchdown, two picks and six sacks.
That performance left offensive coordinator Mike Tice itching for Cutler's return against the Vikings (6-4).
"God, I hope (he can play)," Tice said. "I do, I really do. Not anything against Jason. Jason did a remarkable job based on the opportunities he was afforded. We've got to get our guy back."
Cutler has been given the go-ahead to practice on a limited basis, but still has to be cleared by an independent neurologist to play Sunday.
"You trust the doctors and our training staff that we're going to make the right decision for my health, not only in the near future but in my lifetime going forward," Cutler said.
"I think everyone's perspective has changed (regarding concussions) because there is just more awareness, there is more information. (But) it's not going to change the way I play football. It's not going to change my desire to return to the field by any means."
Minnesota would certainly prefer if Cutler had to sit again. He's led Chicago (7-3) to wins in each of his last four starts in this series, with three coming at Soldier Field.
He's tossed 12 touchdowns compared to four interceptions with a 104.5 passer rating in those contests.
The Bears beat the Vikings 17-13 on the road in Week 17 last season as Josh McCown filled in for an injured Cutler. McCown would serve as Campbell's backup if Cutler can't go.
The Bears have won 10 of the last 11 home meetings with Minnesota, including four in a row. Overall, they've won five straight, one shy of their longest run in the series set from 1983-86.
"You're going to play a great team on their home field, a place that we've struggled at," Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said. "But this is a new year, a new team. And I think we're going to have a focus going in there that we're going to give ourselves a chance."
Another strong performance from Adrian Peterson should improve Minnesota's chances.
Peterson leads the league with 1,128 rushing yards, averaging 5.8 per carry with seven touchdowns. He's gained 629 of those yards and scored five times on 82 carries over the last four games.
Peterson came up big again prior to the Vikings' bye two weeks ago, carrying the ball 27 times for 171 yards - with 61 coming on a fourth-quarter TD in a 34-24 win over Detroit.
After averaging 138.5 yards per game and 6.2 per carry while scoring eight TDs in his first four games against Chicago, Peterson has been limited to 67.3 per contest - and 3.4 a touch - on the ground while scoring four times in his last four.
The Bears enter this matchup with the league's fifth-ranked defense (311.9 yards per game), but the team seems to be defined by turnovers. Chicago is plus-18 in the turnover department in its seven wins and minus-6 in its three losses.
It didn't force one for the first time all season in San Francisco, and also continued to struggle against the run. The Bears have allowed an average of 131.5 yards on the ground in their last four games - 60.5 more than they surrendered during their first six.
Still, coach Lovie Smith is looking on the bright side since Chicago is tied with Green Bay for first place in the North.
"We have to take 7-3 into it," Smith said. "And I'm not disappointed in us being at the top of our division with the best record, tied for the best record in our division. That's the football team that we are."
The Bears' leaky offensive line has allowed 34 sacks - second-most in the league - and that's great news for Jared Allen. Minnesota's star defensive end has 13 sacks in eight games versus Chicago - 4 1/2 in two meetings last season.
"There has to be a sense of urgency, and this game is as big as it gets this week," Allen said. "Might as well be the Super Bowl for this week. Then we'll move on to next week."
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 3:31:50 PM EST|