VIKINGS VS BEARS PREVIEW
September 11, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-1) AT CHICAGO BEARS (1-0)
VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER has 6 career games with 100+ rating…RB ADRIAN PETERSON has rushed for 1,037 yards (148.1 per game) & 7 TDs in past 7 division games. Aims for 8th division contest in row with 90+ rush yards. In past 11 vs. division, has 13 TDs (11 rush, 2 rec.). In past 2 vs. Chi., has rushed for 262 yards (131 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Bears with 100+ rush yards. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads league with 8,942 rush yards & 78 rush TDs...TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD catch in last game at Chi. WR JEROME SIMPSON had 7 catches for 140 yards last week. WR GREG JENNINGS has 17 catches for 266 yards (88.7 per game) in past 3 vs. Bears. Since 2007, is 1 of 2 active NFL players with 15+ avg. (15.5) & 50+ rec. TDs (50)…DE JARED ALLEN has 13 sacks in 10 career meetings. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 118 sacks. Had sack last week. S HARRISON SMITH had 56-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB ERIN HENDERSON had 1st career INT last week…
BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 5 of past 6 starts vs. Min. In career (incl. playoffs), Cutler’s teams are 26-1 (.963) when he has 100+ rating…In past 3 vs. division, RB MATT FORTÉ has 376 scrimmage yards (125.3 per game). RB MICHAEL BUSH had 2 rush TDs in last home game vs. Min…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 36 catches for 437 yards (109.3 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career meetings. Has 10+ catches in 3 of those 4 & 2 100-yard rec. games. Had 8 catches for 104 yards & TD last week, joining HARLON HILL as only Bears with 100+ rec. yards in consecutive season openers. WR ALSHON JEFFERY had TD catch in last game vs. Min…In past 5 meetings, CB CHARLES TILLMAN has 2 INTs (1 TD), FF & FR. Had 2 INTs last week. Since entering NFL in 2003, Tillman has 38 FFs, most by DB. Is only player with 30+ INTs (35) & 30+ FFs in that span. CB TIM JENNINGS has 4 INTs in past 7 division games. Since entering NFL in 2002, Pro Bowl DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 111.5 sacks, 2nd most in NFL. Since 2012, LB LANCE BRIGGS ties for 1st among NFL LBs with 2 INT-TDs.