Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Game Preview

It took the Bears about thirty minutes to begin their 2013 season in earnest. Now they take the momentum from an opening day win, stay at home, and face the team that kept them from the postseason in 2012.



I always like the Chicago Bears.


  • Christian Ponder is playing quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings and he's on the road. The combination of Ponder and the most consistently ball-hawking defense in the sport should mean a long afternoon for the visitors.
  • Tangible improvement from the first-to-second half Sunday was about as inspiring as anything we've seen offensively since Cutler went down at 7-3 a few years back. This Bears offense will grow in comfort level each Sunday, especially at home.
  • Trestman will put the emphasis on pass rush this week in practice. I expect it to be improved.
  • Yes, Adrian Peterson is arguably the best player in the sport but the Bears have proven in the past they can beat the Vikings even when they DON'T stop him. And based on the run defense displayed in the opener, I'd be surprised if Peterson puts up the 150-200 yards necessary to take this game on the road.
  • Robbie Gould, Adam Podlesh and Devin Hester all played well Sunday and I expect it to continue. If Eric Weems can attempt a block or two on punt returns, Hester can spring one.
  • Vikings have never faced this Bears offensive line and, in the past few years, their dominance over that unit has been the factor keeping them in almost every tilt. That ends Sunday.
  • Minnesota at home has been the week Jay Cutler shines.


  • Concern #1: Kyle Rudolph had a quiet opening day performance against the Lions but the Bengals had a lot of success throwing underneath the Bears defense. When Rudolph played against the Bears last year he was a dynamic threat going for 5-55-1. Expect him to be a main target Sunday.
  • Concern #2: I think it will take an announcement by Jared Allen that he's retiring for me to take him for granted on Sundays.
  • Concern #3: The Bears arm tackled in the first half Sunday more than they had in the last two seasons. Arm tackles + Adrian Peters = long touchdown runs.


  • LB James Anderson vs. Rudolph. Anderson was something of a revelation in coverage week one, closing space with confidence and showing tremendous awareness once the ball went airborne. He'll need to be even better this Sunday
  • Runner Up: LT Jermon Bushrod v. Allen. One word came to mind watching Bushrod on tape: balance. His footwork seems excellent. But Allen will be the first significant test for him this year.


From the Star Tribune:

J’Marcus Webb, the new swing tackle for the Vikings offensive line, was asked Monday what went so wrong in Chicago that it landed him in Minnesota via the NFL’s waiver wire.

“No comment,” he said.

Laughter. Pause. Uncomfortable silence.

“I’m not too sure,” he said. “Things work out the way they need to at times, and things don’t when they don’t. Moving forward, I’m really excited to be here. I’m loving every day of it. I just got here [Sunday] and it’s beautiful.”

Um, J’Marcus, it was 59 degrees and overcast.

“It’s beautiful!” he said. “I’m excited.”

There has been ACTUAL talk of the Vikings attempting to pull information from J'Marcus Webb this week in preparation for the Bears. I responded to this with two Tweets:

Wait. Now there's a JWebb as information machine storyline? How do people think NFL works? Webb never experienced a game plan installation.

Side note: if Les Frazier is depending 0.007% on JWebb for his game-planning Sunday he should be fired before kickoff.


  • Julius Peppers. Contrary to popular opinion I did not think Peppers looked old or slow upon further review of the Bengals game. I thought he looked rusty, which is to be expected from the veteran player who logged the fewest combined practice/preseason game reps outside DJ Williams. Peppers needs a solid performance Sunday to silence the townsfolk preparing to march up the castle because even if the Bears win easily, eyes will be focused on his performance.


A SINGLE STAT PREDICTION (1-0 on the season)

  • Jay Cutler will NOT turn the ball over.


  • Bears commit to stopping Adrian Peterson and have enough success to force Christian Ponder into several timely errors. The offense continues to improve on Week One, second-half success and delivers a knockout.


Chicago Bears 34, Minnesota Vikings 16


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  • FIRST.

  • DC comics villains love the Vikings.


  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    woh. i wonder how superman was able to defeat the Parasite.

    i also wonder if DC sued Marvel since Kevin Bacon's character in XMen First Class was pretty much the Parasite, but without the purple skin.

  • In reply to evantonio:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    (high fives and chest-bumps)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    nerds invented the reverse cowgirl.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I'm a closet nerd too ev.

    And, I like the original cowgirl more.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    finally a hashtag I can approve of!

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Speaking of parasites, here's my Vike-Bears game preview!


    It actually makes some of the same points (But what "analyst" isn't going to say, "Stop AP"?), but much like antiquing, you're visiting for the charm!

  • I enjoyed it Butch. Good shite!

  • amen on the "bushed." while i love seeing excitement and anticipation of a pass that travels 50 yards in the air, i like the build and the steadily rising screams of a screen pass that takes off down the field.

  • whore

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Correction, SHAMELESS whore.

    Thx for checking it out dudes. I was especially proud of the Highlander image I photoshopped.

    "There can only be one, and that one is the Bears" Fucking Shakesperean!

  • Nicely done Butch. I esp liked the "Down goes Frazier". I use that every time I see someone hit the deck (as long as they're not hurt).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    fuck DC... and FUCK the vikings... in the face.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I only knew that because when I was a kid, my first comic book was a Superman/Spiderman crossover where they fought the Parasite and...some Marvel villain. Hard as it is to believe, I was a comic book nerd growing up.
    OK, yeah, not that hard to believe - shaddup already!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Specifically it was this one:

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Don't listen to MB, he's just mad because he's the only one left out of Shady's glory hole league! (wait a minute...)

    Love comics! They got me into reading, which got me an English degree eventually.

    Also, babes like Wonderwoman and She-hulk gave me chubs when I was a prepubescent lad.

  • Princess Leia. I was five years old. I didn't get a chub, but I knew there was something I wanted to do to her. Little did I know back then it was a desire to do some ecstacy and wear her like a horse's nosebag.

  • that made my day.

  • Love it Irish

  • Princess Leia was hot, but Wilma Deering was hotter.

  • she-hulk!?!??! She fucking hulk??

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm kinky that way.


  • oh, yeah.... that works. Just hadn't ever heard about it before... was there ever a real life one? My vote is for kate upton (the fat cow)

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here you go, MB. Get aboard the Geek Express.


  • #hellyesplease

  • Schwing

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Star Wars, Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, 2000 A.D., Eagle, Tiger, Hotspur, Victor .... thinking it was amazing that kids in the U.S. could buy X-ray specs.....aaah they were the days.

  • Ohhhh shaaaaadyyyyyyy!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    quackadilly blip

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    eqquizitine buble-schwinzlow

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A 350 pound running back named Fudge. Try to arm tackle that.

  • GP, I can't guess what you'll like any more, but a veyron that looks like a spaceship might do it for you... it's only $3M and 1,200 HP


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I just read up on the last thread. I do recall a certain young scarlett in a bar guessing I was a dirt bike racer. Many laughs.

    What ever happened to said scarlett? Did you ever close the deal?

  • Did you catch the link to the guy I said you were, Doc?


  • Yep. MB was closer. Course, he's had the advantage of meeting me. Are you back in the Land of Ire, Irish?

  • Doc, tonight my buddy Cheech and his Deece Productions present:

    A Tribute to the Grateful Dead - American Beauty.

    Should be a great show. My favorite Dead album.

  • Doc!

    Exactly. Uhhhhh... I can neither confirm nor deny any allegations my god doctor.

    I will tell you the strange story the next time we speak.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It does have a rosewood shifter.


  • If we jam Rudolph off the line that'd be a start - Lovie wasn't into that. We need to do something though because Major Wright is a liability back there and can't be trusted. I'd love to see Bostic and DJ on the field in a 4-4 - just take away the middle of the field from Rudolph and AP.

    I don't think we hear from Jared Allen all night. AP - 90 yds 1 TD. 30-14.

  • Let's just hope Bushrod can handle Allen and his dirty sanchez stache.

  • I doubt we see a 4-4, but we will probably see Conte or Major coming up for run support and dropping back into coverage if Rudolph releases. If DJ or Bostic can back pedal, they can double Rudolph with some over/under type setups.

    That would be very different from what we are used to seeing (sort of a specialized Cover 1 setup). But with out talented corners against their not quite as talented WRs, it could work.

    That is, until Peterson takes passes from under the coverage and takes advantage of the middle commiting to Rudolph. But heh, I mean, its not like he's going to run two hundred yards right?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I expect to see Wright in the box all day, containing and blitzing. Trestman and Co keep talking about putting all sorts of hats on AP, and that extra hat is most likely going to be Pringles with Conte patrolling the back side in case Peanut or Jennings get beat.

  • Probably - Wright better come ready to *tackle*, because that hitting shit just does not work on AP.

    I mentioned a couple threads back that in the Cincy game it looked like the staff has worked with Major some on his tackling. Not to Conte's skill level there yet, but getting better.

    Our safeties will likely be tested this game unless the dline really picks up their game from last time. In a way, I'm expecting that because everyone and his little sister has called them out on their performance. Despite the fact that they really were not that bad.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I have to say, I've got a Bears boner for Conte. As a safety, he does well keeping plays *safe*. No giant hits, no huge impact plays, but good angles on his runs, solid (sometimes SAVING) tackles. Hard to fault that since he's the last line of the defense.

  • not only was he anti bump-and-run, he was pro 10 yard cushion on 3rd and 6. what a jerk.

  • http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=C4&Date=20130912&Category=FEATURES01&ArtNo=309120098&Ref=AR&MaxW=640&Border=0&Julie-Chen-citing-racism-job-had-plastic-surgery-make-eyes-bigger-

  • Something tells me the Saints - 3.5 (@ Tampa) and the Panthers -3 (@ Buffalo) will earn me some $ this weekend.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I put some loot down on the Saints, Bears and Pack. The spread was just too attractive.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    gambling is a sin... ask trac.

    besides, you're going to lose money on the pack. Call it.... karma.

    The skins are going to be piiiiiissed and looking to rebound from a turrible showing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm not betting in favor of the Pack, more like against RG3. Packers went to war against SF. They will shred the Skins D.

    Gambling is only a sin if your wife finds out...or if you start blowing dudes to pay debts.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Plus, I hedged my bets. If the Pack loses because they're the fucking Pack then I still win with Saints and Bears.

    Always put down 3 bets.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    fair enough. Oh, and always bet on black.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Waffle:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Life is a gamble MB. Pissing away money hoping to find a pot of gold is stupid. Been there, done that.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    For how much "research" I do on these teams all year you'd best believe that this is investing and not gambling.

    If I studied Apple's corporate structure and performance and bought stock as a result I'd be an investor and shareholder but the returns would suck balls.

    I am a shareholder in the Bears and as the organization performs I realize a rate of return of almost 93 percent. Boom.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Just win baby.

  • In reply to Viva:

    season of destiny

  • In reply to Waffle:

    19-0 Baby! I predict the Bears will be the NFC #1 seed.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    unbridled and overly optimistic is the only way to go. Now put 50.00 behind that mouth!!!!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    $50 Bucks? For what? That's like putting a Pizza in front of me after having just eaten a 3 course meal. He he.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I was scared off by the spreads this week. I'm lumping down on :
    HOU - CHI - NO - CIN all to win.

  • I played the spreads on CHI-GB-NO

  • Sounds all fine and dandy Jeff but our boys always seem to allow opponents bad qb's to have banner days against them. Not saying we aren't gonna spank those pukes, it's just that I just remember that the easy games never seem to go that way. Sunday would be a great time to change all that. He he.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I like overly optimistic Trac better. Bring him back please.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Sorry, couldn't help that. An elephant never forgets.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    spank those pukes?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    whoop that trick?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Purple uniforms kill even satan?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    You're forgetting the only point that counts....

    ....this isn't the lovable but chronically mediocre lovie fucking smith bears any more trac.

    This is a whole new deal. I'm all the way in so far.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Chug that Kool-aid, MB. I hate to drink alone.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'll buy first round in Chicago Dave!

    Also, I just think we're used to the lovie bears. If we were losing going into the half we were usually fucked. I honestly feel that while we won't win every game, this new regime has put us in a place to compete every game. I never felt totally secure in that with lovie.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You are not alone Dave.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Me too but the stain of Lovie remains.

    The COVER 2.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    common trac.... every team in the nfl runs some shade of the c deuce during every singl game.

    Blitzes and creative stunts were NOT a part of anything lovie knew. That said you can't argue with his prowess as a D coach.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey Bro, no worries mate. I actually don't think about any baggage left over from the Lovemeister. Having said that, there are definitely some things about the cover 2 that drives me nuts. I realize it ain't perfect and we've done okay by it so far but we better start seeing pressure by our front 4 pretty soon or the cover 2 will be not work.

  • MB -


    This is the Kate Upton of automobiles.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • Exactly.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    So not my style.

    If I was going to buy something classic, it would be this: http://www.remarkablecars.com/main/lincoln/1964-lincoln-001-3.jpg

    Hard to find one that's not all cholloed out and lowered and stupid... but I love this car. The suicide doors are so awesome.

  • It's FF-centric, but nice analysis of Bears' O nevertheless.


  • Fascinating stat:

    Cutler in 4 year span #3 in sacks at 148.

    But... at bottom of list tied at 14 is Flacco at.... 142

    Being considered a "bad" line gives up 148 and Ravens are considered a "good" line over that period and ONLY 6 fewer sacks?

    Not even a percentage point. Obviously, more to line play than sacks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And most sacked? Aaron Rodgers.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    scheme, weapons, continuity

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hurries/pressures .... hits?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't forget that Cutler missed 8 games in those 4 years -- it isn't total sacks but sacks per dropback (a.k.a. sack rate) that tells more of the story.

    Even if they had equal dropbacks per year, 148/3.5 vs 142/4 would make Cutler sacked 19% more frequently than Flacco. But I'm pretty sure Cutler actually had far less dropbacks than Flacco... Yep, 148/1883 (7.86%) vs 142/2223 (6.39%). So Cutler was actually sacked 23% more frequently than Flacco.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Whoops, meant to include this link. Numbers from here:


    I don't know the hits & hurries numbers, but I wouldn't be surprised if those painted an even worse picture for Jay...

  • Who the heck is that dude? Is he related to this guy?


  • In reply to TracDaddy:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BTW, they really need to bring back Kevin Butler... for president


    Butler/Nuggets 2016!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No Cinco de Mayo flan for me!

  • The weekend is here! Bear down Chicago Bears!!

  • Really!!!!! NEW LOW FOR THIS SITE!!! What the hell is up with the commercials with AUDIO when you load the site? Hell I cant even read this site at work without everyone around me knowing i am not working. PATHETIC!!! I Don't mind seeing ads but why do they have to have FUCKING audio that you cant turn off? Jeff if you have the ability remove the ads with audio!!!

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    Ever heard of mute? There is this little think in the lower right hand corner that looks like a speaker... gee... I dunno what the victims of the evil empire from Cupertino have to do...

    All that being said, obnoxious audio is another wave on the web. Turn off your speakers.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Sorry, just pissed me off, because of the timing, my boss was walking by and had some explaining to do. As for muting, I can't mute my computer, i need the audio alerts in some programs to properly do my job.

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    What are you guys running this website on? My browser hasn't played anything... *yet*.

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130913/oklahoma-state-part-4-the-sex/?sct=hp_t1t_a1&eref=sihp

    O.....M......G!?!??! Cheating!?!?!?! Sex?!?!?! Drugs!??!?!

    This is fucking so pathetic. What fucking bullshit man. This happens all over the fucking country. You want to farm these kids and use them to make millions and millions for the school, guess fucking what...

    Jesus, what a fucking joke.

    This is so exactly perfect: http://www.videobash.com/video_show/eric-cartman-as-slave-owner-222509

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sooo perfect. South Park has always been the bomb.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed. They should get paid.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    SP. Always on the money.

  • bismo funyuns!

  • In reply to MB30SD:




  • I don't know who all is in the pick 'em league, but did the Pat's/Jets game get thrown out?

    Because if I called that game the best out of ALL you suckers, and it got taken away? That's like the 3rd saddest thing all day!

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I only know that I got 8 more points than Doc. How about them numbers, Doc? Is that a continuous progression you can dig? HUNH?

    On brief persual of said site, I found this :

    NOTE: We messed up. The spread for the Week 2 NYJ-NE Thursday Night game changed in the afternoon, affecting people who picked before it changed. To keep the game fair, we are removing the game from week 2 for groups that use the spread. Apologies for the fumble. We felt this was the fairest way to resolve the error.

    NYJ were getting a 12 pt start from 13 openers. I think the official line was around 9.

  • my peaches, what a wonderful office you have yourself he-ah.

  • From Uncle Larry's crystal ball:

    Are the Bears worried that J'Marcus Webb will be able to tip off his new Vikings defense given the fact that he knows the ins and outs of the Bears offense?

    Dave F.
    London, Ontario, Canada

    In a word, no, the Bears aren't too concerned that former tackle J'Marcus Webb will spill their secrets to his new teammates in Minnesota. Said offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer: "We feel confident in our system and there are many ways to call plays, more than just one way, and make our calls up front there is more than one way. We don't feel any threat in that matter."

    Larry's answer should have been:

    Dave, you stupid @#!&! Webb didn't know the playbook when he was here, what makes you think he knows it now.

    That is all!

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