The Chicago Bears will try for a perfect 2-0 record to start the season today when they host the Minnesota Vikings. Stopping the run while maintaining a balanced attack will be on the Bears agenda while the Vikings will clearly try to get star RB Adrian Peterson running room for a big day.
Chicago played a tough game last week winning 24-21 against the Bengals. QB Jay Cutler played good throwing 21 completions on 33 attempts for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The running game just could not get moving for the Bears with Matt Forte running 19 times for 50 yards, and Michael Bush 6 times for just 15 yards. Bush did however make 4 catches for 41 yards and Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears did great to convert 6 times on third down and hold the Bengals to only 63 total rushing yards. Charles Tillman was a problem in the secondary grabbing two interceptions while totaling 41 return yards on the two picks.
If it were not for a 72 yard gain by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson it would have been an ugly day for him as he finished with 18 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns. QB Christian Ponder has yet to turn a corner and is still struggling. In their first week loss against Detroit 34-24 Ponder threw 18 completions on 28 attempts for 236 yards and a touchdown.
Third down was trouble for the Vikings who converted just two out of 10 times. Getting a pass rush was not easy for them as well as they did not make a single sack against Detroit.
The Chicago Bears will likely stack the box all game to defend against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson making it so Christian Ponder has to beat them with his arm. Then again Peterson usually gets the box stacked against him and still does pretty well. I got the Bears winning this one at home against a not well rounded Vikings offense.
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