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So, How ‘Bout Da Bears?

The Lions are wallowing in misery.

The Packers might as well start talking about next year.

However, the Bears are the Vikings most formidable opponent at this point.  Currently, the Vikings hold a 2.5 game lead over the Bears in the divisional standings.  Given that the Bears make up 25% of the Vikings remaining schedule (we still have to play them twice) they have a potential to make our division lead disappear very quickly. 

Splitting with the Bears seems to be a likely scenario, which would still leave the Vikings with an advantage in the tiebreaker, as the Vikings are currently 3-0 against division opponents and the Bears are 1-1 having lost to the Packers in week one.

Needless-to-say, I think the Bears will almost need to sweep the Vikings in order to have a shot at the division.

But that would require the Bears to beat the Vikings.  Let us take a look at how likely that is through the use of stats.  Keep in mind that the Vikings have played one more game than the Bears as of this posting.

PASSING GAME – Advantage Vikings 

Jay Cutler is completing 64% of his passes and has thrown for 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this year for a rating of 80.8.  The Bears have five receivers with over 100 yards, and their leader is The Bears are currently ranked 15th in passing.

Brett Favre is completing 68% of his passes and has thrown for 16 touchdowns and 3 interceptions this year for a rating of 106.0.  The Vikings have six receivers with over 100 yards, and their leader is Devin Hester with 454 yards and three touchdowns.  Sidney Rice has 585 yards and two touchdowns.  The Vikings are currently ranked 12th in passing.

RUSHING GAME – Advantage Vikings

The Bears leading rusher Matt Forte has 408 yards on the year, averaging 3.5 yards per carry.  He also has 3 touchdowns.  The Bears second leading rusher is Garrett Wolfe with 120 yards, a 5.5 yard average, and one touchdown.  The Bears are currently ranked 26th in rushing.

The Vikings leading rusher Adrian Peterson has 784 yards on the year, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.  He also has 9 touchdowns.  The Vikings second leading rusher is Chester Taylor with 123 yards, a 2.7 yard average, and one touchdown.  The Vikings are currently ranked 12th in rushing.

PROTECTING THE QUARTER BACK – Advantage Bears

The Bears have given up 15 sacks through 7 games.  This is an average of 2.15 sacks per game, or one sack every 16 pass attempts.  Jay Cutler has scrambled 20 times for 92 yards, a 4.6 yards average, and has rushed for one touchdown.

The Vikings have given up 18 sacks through 8 games.  This is an average of 2.25 sacks per game, or one sack every 15 pass attempts.  Brett Favre has scrambled five times for -2 yards and no touchdowns.

KEEPING DRIVES ALIVE – Advantage Vikings

The Bears have converted 39.7% of their third downs, and 44.4% of their fourth downs.  The Bears have scored 18 touchdowns and 10 field goals this season.

The Vikings have converted 46.6% of their third downs, and 57.1% of their fourth downs.  The Vikings have scored 29 touchdowns and 13 field goals this season.

PRESSURING THE QUARTERBACK – Advantage Vikings

The Bears have totaled 15 sacks over 7 games.  This is an average of 2.25 sacks per game, or one every 15 times the opposing quarterback attempts to pass.

The Vikings have totaled 31 sacks over 8 games.  This is an average of 3.88 sacks per game, or one every 9 times the opposing quarterback attempts to pass.

RUSHING DEFENSE – Advantage Vikings

The Bears are giving up an average of 4.0 yards per rushing attempt against them.  They have surrendered 7 rushing touchdowns.  The Bears are ranked 16th in rushing defense.

The Vikings are giving up an average of 4.1 yards per rushing attempts against them.  They have surrendered 2 rushing touchdowns.  The Vikings are ranked 7th in rushing defense.

PASSING DEFENSE – Advantage Bears

The Bears are giving up an average of 6.6 yards per passing attempt.  They have surrendered 11 passing touchdowns.  The Bears are currently ranked 12th in passing defense.

The Vikings are giving up an average of 7.5 yards per passing attempt.  They have surrendered 13 passing touchdowns.  The Vikings are currently ranked 23rd in passing defense.

TURNOVER RATIO – Advantage Vikings

The Bears have a turnover ratio of -1.

The Vikings have a turnover ratio of +5.

RETURN GAME – No Significant Advantage

The Bears are averaging 13.3 yards per punt return, and have scored no touchdowns.  They are also averaging 26.6 yards per kick return, and have scored one touchdown.

The Vikings are averaging 10.7 yards per punt return, and have scored no touchdowns.  They are also averaging 28 yards per kick return, and have scored two touchdowns.

SPECIAL TEAMS COVERAGE – Advantage Bears

The Bears are giving up an average of 6.6 yards per punt return and 24.5 yards per kick return.  Brad Maynard is averaging 40.3 yards per punt, and has placed 15 punts within the twenty yard line.  The Bears have given up zero returns for touchdowns.

The Vikings are giving up an average of 7.8 yards per punt return and 21.6 yards per kick return.  Chris Kluwe is averaging 43.4 yards per punt, and has placed 15 punts within the twenty yard line.  The Vikings have given up one return for a touchdown.

CLUTCH KICKING – No Significant Advantage

Robbie Gould is 10 of 11 on the year for field goals hitting 1 of 2 from beyond 50 yards.

Ryan Longwell is 13 of 14 on the year for field goals hitting 1 of 1 from beyond 50 yards.

INJURIES – Advantage Vikings

The Bears bye week came and went in week five.  The Bears currently have 10 players on the injury report.  Seven of the listed players are probable.  Devin Hester and Danieal Manning are both questionable.  Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is out indefinetly.

The Vikings are currently on bye week, and expect to be at nearly full health before beginning their final eight games.  No injury report is currently available because of the bye week, but all eyes will be on when Antoine Winfield can return to the field.

 

So what does all this mean?  Nothing really, they still have to play the games.  However, I would say that if the way they’ve played up until this point means anything then the Vikings outmatch the Bears significantly.

Lets hope this proves to be true, as we need to at least split our series with the Bears in order to maintain confidence heading into the playoffs.


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2 Responses to “So, How ‘Bout Da Bears?”

  1. RamessesII says:

    You forgot Cheerleaders: Advantage– VIKINGS! Da Bears had better start planning for next season; this one is over.

  2. Tutenkamen says:

    I’m a Bears fan representing about 75-80% of Bears fans who believe the Bears not only suck, but will suck for the foreseeable future. Have fun on Sunday. Many of us actually want the Bears to get destroyed (except for Jay Cutler) since that would be the most likely scenario that would move the team towards full-scale and very necessary changes. I don’t like the Vikings, but respect them immensely. Go ahead and pile it on this Sunday.

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