All Access Pass: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

All Access Pass: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

The Information

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings official gameday flip card.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings official injury report.

The Series

  • The Vikings and Bears played 100 times overall with Minnesota holding a 52-45-2 regular season series record and lead 52-46-2 overall.
  • Chicago is 1-0 against Minnesota in the playoffs, winning 35-18 in a 1994 Wild Card Playoff meeting at the Metrodome.
  • The Bears won the previous meeting 40-14 at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday Night Football in 2010. Chicago has won the last three games against the Vikings.
  • The Vikings are 31-20 at home vs. the Bears in the series, and 21-26-2 as visitors.
  • The home team has won 6 of the last 7 meetings. Since the 2002 season, the Vikings are 7-2 against Chicago in Minnesota and 10-4 at home since 1997.
  • This will be Leslie Frazier’s second game against his former team as head coach. Last season, Frazier lost 40-14 against Chicago. Lovie Smith is 8-6 in 14 meetings against the Vikings since becoming the Bears head coach in 2004.
  • The Vikings won the 1st meeting 37-13 in 1961 in Minnesota. The Bears won the next four games against the Vikings from 1961 to 1963.
  • The teams played 4 overtime game against each other. The Vikings are 3-1 in overtime and won the first 3 games. Chicago won the last sudden-death contest 36-30 in 2009 at Soldier Field.
  • Former Bear Devin Aromashodu beat the Vikings with a 39-yard TD reception in OT in 2009.
  • RB Adrian Peterson has scored 11 career TDs against the Chicago Bears, the most against any opponent in the NFL.

The Stats

Stats via NFL.com

The Picks

ESPN: Nine of the ten football experts from ESPN picked the Bears to defeat the Vikings.

Chicago Tribune: Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune picks Bears over Vikings, 28-21. David Haugh picks Bears over Vikings, 23-20. Vaughn McClure picks Bears over Vikings, 14-10. All other eight Tribune writers chose the Chicago over Minnesota. Here’s why.

Chicago Bears Huddle: Maybe I’m not seeing what everyone else is seeing. Or maybe I have not seen enough of the Vikings to know just how bad they are. But here’s what I do know: the Minnesota Vikings have lost to some pretty good teams. They have likely the most fierce pass rush of any team in the NFL and are going against the most dismal offensive line in the NFL. They have the best running back in the NFL—who has traditionally smoked the Bears—and are going against a team seemingly incapable of stopping the run. The Bears may be without Julius Peppers along a defensive line that was already struggling to get pressure. And Donovan McNabb will be looking to have a bounce-back game—after a poor start to the season—against the Bears unproven safeties in Major Wright and Chris Conte. The ONLY aspect of the Bears offense that has been successful is the run game and Matt Forte. The Vikings are top-five in the league in stopping the run. The Bears suck; the Vikings suck less; and the matchups spell disaster for Chicago. Until the Bears prove me wrong …. The Vikings come into Soldier Field and roll this team. Vikings over Bears, 24-17.

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