The Bears head into this game as a shaky 5-3 team, while the Vikings who were projected to do big things this season are sitting at a disappointing 3-5.
This game is clearly a must win for the Vikings and you know they will be using RB Adrian Peterson more than ever.
The Vikings have dropped eight straight road games and haven’t faired well against the Bears at Soldier Field. WR Sidney Rice is looking to return and WR Percy Harvin is expected to play through his migraines, so they will have their full arsenal of weapons available.
Brett Favre is clearly still a good quarterback, just watch last weeks game against the Cardinals last week. His offensive line is ordinary, but his running backs and receivers are his best friends.
Adrian Peterson is one of those weapons, who has had the Bears number over the years especially at Soldier Field. In three career games at Soldier Field, Peterson has rushed for 439 yards on 66 carries with seven touchdowns.
Peterson had this to say about playing in Chicago:
“I look forward to playing every team, but I love playing at Soldier Field, I don’t know what it is about it. Maybe because Sweetness [Walter Payton] played there and the tradition of the stadium.”
Peterson has been playing mistake free football this season. His last fumble came against the Bears last season in week 16 where he was stripped by LB Hunter Hillenmeyer in overtime and that cost the Vikings the game. Expect Peterson to be much more aware of Bears defenders this go around, considering the Vikings season is on the line.
Shutting down QB Brett Favre in probably his last game at Soldier Field is a big deal come Sunday, but shutting down RB Adrian Peterson is the most important thing the Bears need to be aware of. This Bears defensive unit is playing as good as it has since 2006, so expect them to play extremely well considering this game means so much.
All quotes from chicagotribune.com