|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.5||1-2||2-1||17.3||10.7||265.7||(4.5)||1.3||21.7||11.0||357.3||(5.8)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||24.5||10.8||18.7||32:23||30-123||(4.1)||18-29||61.3%||181||(6.1)||59-303||(5.1)||(12.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.9||11.2||20.1||31:37||27-116||(4.3)||22-35||62.2%||229||(6.5)||62-345||(5.5)||(15.1)|
|Offense Road Games||28.6||8.8||17.6||32:23||30-129||(4.4)||17-28||61.6%||177||(6.4)||57-306||(5.3)||(10.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.5||8.4||17.8||28:15||23-104||(4.5)||22-37||58.9%||215||(5.8)||61-319||(5.3)||(19.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.2||10.7||20.1||31:35||27-117||(4.3)||22-35||61.9%||236||(6.8)||62-353||(5.7)||(15.9)|
|Defense Road Games||19.2||9.6||17.0||27:37||21-98||(4.6)||23-35||65.5%||228||(6.4)||57-326||(5.8)||(17)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.6||1.7||1.2||14-5||40.0%||1-0||40.0%||3-57||(18.9)||2-18||(7.5)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.5||1.3||1.7||13-5||38.0%||1-0||48.8%||3-63||(24.3)||21-2||(9.3)||6-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.4||0.4||1.8||1.2||14-6||44.3%||1-0||40.0%||2-57||(23.9)||3-19||(6.3)||7-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.7||1.2||2.8|| ||13-5||34.4%||1-1||58.3%||2-51||(21.2)||2-6||(3.9)||5-41|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||51.3%||3-61||(23.1)||21-2||(9.4)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.8||1.2||3.0|| ||12-4||31.7%||1-0||66.7%||3-68||(21.4)||1-7||(5.8)||5-46|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.7||1-2||1-2||19.3||10.0||340.0||(5.6)||1.7||25.0||12.7||366.3||(5.5)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||21.8||11.3||18.7||27:52||28-154||(5.5)||20-32||62.5%||181||(5.7)||60-335||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.8||11.1||20||30:21||26-113||(4.3)||22-36||61.7%||239||(6.7)||62-352||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Offense Home Games||25.3||12.3||19.3||29:12||31-156||(5.1)||19-30||64.6%||201||(6.7)||61-358||(5.9)||(14.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.7||11.4||21.6||32:32||30-115||(3.8)||23-36||65.4%||230||(6.4)||66-345||(5.2)||(15.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.7||10.9||20.1||31:40||27-116||(4.3)||21-35||60.6%||234||(6.7)||62-350||(5.7)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||19.5||7.0||21.0||31:37||26-100||(3.8)||25-39||62.7%||240||(6.1)||65-340||(5.2)||(17.5)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.8||1.7||-0.5||13-5||35.5%||1-0||62.5%||3-75||(27.3)||2-16||(8.3)||5-48|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.5||1.6||1.8||13-5||38.5%||1-0||52.0%||2-61||(24.6)||19-2||(8.9)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||0.8||1.7||0.0||12-4||30.1%||0-0||66.7%||3-64||(23.9)||2-10||(6)||5-38|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.7||1.2|| ||15-6||44.3%||1-1||57.1%||2-45||(26.8)||2-17||(7.2)||6-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.6||1.4|| ||13-5||37.3%||1-0||48.9%||2-56||(22.6)||21-2||(9)||7-58|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.7||1.0||1.7|| ||14-6||41.2%||1-0||33.3%||2-61||(30.5)||3-21||(6.9)||6-58|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 19.4, MINNESOTA 19.5|
|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|
|12/9/2012||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ GREEN BAY||14-23||L||7||L||47||U||28-240||12-25-119||2||36-152||27-35-283||1|
|12/9/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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. |
|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. |
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By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
With the Chicago Bears missing their defensive leader, visiting Adrian Peterson and the desperate Minnesota Vikings might not provide an ideal opportunity to bounce back from a frustrating loss.
Then again, it's been three years since the banged-up Bears last lost to their NFC North rival, and Minnesota is the only team they've beaten in the past month heading into Sunday's matchup.
With fellow defensive stars Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs already nicked up, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a hamstring strain late in overtime of a 23-17 home loss to Seattle last Sunday. The eight-time Pro Bowler is expected to sit out at least three games.
Though the 34-year Urlacher does not appear to have the same explosiveness since injuring his knee in a 17-13 win at Minnesota to end last season, he's still the heart and vocal leader of the Bears defense. Urlacher hopes to be ready if Chicago (8-4) makes the playoffs, but with his contract about to expire, he might have played his last game with the team that drafted him ninth overall in 2000.
"I do not think that's going to happen," he told a local Chicago TV station. "But, if it does, I have had a really good and long career so I would be sad, but I would not be crushed."
Without Urlacher and possibly cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), who leads the NFL with eight interceptions, the Bears could have a hard time maintaining their playoff position. They're tied with Green Bay for first place in the North, but hold the fifth seed in the NFC based on their Week 2 loss to the Packers.
Though the Bears have won six straight over Minnesota (6-6), which has lost two straight and four of five, they expect to face a serious challenge against Peterson and a Vikings squad that is 5-1 at home.
Chicago has dropped three of four and its once-vaunted defense - still ranked second in the NFL in points allowed (16.5 per game) - yielded a season-high 459 yards last Sunday to a Seattle team that entered Week 13 ranked 27th averaging 316.7.
Nick Roach is likely to take Urlacher's spot while Geno Hayes moves into a starting role at strong side linebacker for the Bears defense, which has allowed more than 110 rushing yards in six straight games. That didn't happen once in the first six.
Peterson ran for 108 yards on 18 carries Nov. 25, but he failed to score, lost a fumble and was mostly shut down in the first half as the Vikings fell 28-10 at Chicago. That was his least productive performance during his current stretch of six straight 100-yard games, a span during which he's averaged 157.8 and scored six touchdowns.
"It seems like he's getting better and better as the year goes along," Bears coach Lovie Smith told the team's official website. "... It's going to still start with him."
Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher with 1,446 yards after finishing with 210 last Sunday, including a career-long 82-yard touchdown in a 23-14 loss at Green Bay.
"He ran for 210 yards - that's important - but it's not as important to him as the fact that we didn't win the game," coach Leslie Frazier said. "He's a total team guy."
Peterson can use more help from Christian Ponder, whose 63.6 passer rating over the past seven weeks is the worst of any qualifying quarterback. He's thrown for 871 yards in that span - 76 fewer than Peterson has running the ball in those six games.
Ponder was 12 of 25 for 119 yards with a touchdown and was picked off twice in the end zone at Green Bay. For the moment, Frazier remains confident in Ponder, who went 22 of 43 for 159 yards with a TD and an interception at Chicago.
"We believe that Christian is our No. 1," Frazier said. "That being said, if things get to a point where your No. 1 is really costing you some situations that could preclude winning, you do have to do what's best for the football team."
Ponder has connected 18 times with tight end Kyle Rudolph for 170 yards and three TDs over the last three games, but he won't have Percy Harvin to throw to after the wide receiver was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a severely sprained left ankle.
Despite dealing with back spasms, star defensive end Jared Allen is expected to play. Allen could be a marked man after his late hit on Lance Louis two weeks ago resulted in a season-ending knee injury for the Bears' offensive lineman. Allen, whose 1 1/2 sacks at Green Bay snapped a three-game drought, was fined $21,000 for the supposed block.
Chicago's makeshift line has allowed two sacks in the last two games and helped give Jay Cutler enough time to throw for 233 yards and two touchdowns against the Seahawks.
With receivers Devin Hester and Earl Bennett both dealing with concussions, Cutler again is likely to focus on Brandon Marshall, who caught 10 passes for a season-high 165 yards last week. Marshall matched a season high with 12 receptions for 92 against Minnesota.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 8:51:43 AM EST|