It's time for a good ol' black 'n' blue rivalry game between the Minnesota Vikings (3-5) and the Chicago Bears (5-3).
The Bears are coming off what was a must-win game for them against Buffalo last week. They didn't look as good against the winless Bills as fans would've have hoped, but they did limit the sacks (one) and the turnovers (none). It seems like a lot of good things come out of Chicago, especially on the road where their record is 3-1, when they limit the sacks and turnovers.
But they are not on the road. Rather at home against a desperate Vikings squad who is coming off a close win against Arizona last week. Brett Favre continues to put up mediocre numbers. Actually, Favre's numbers are very similar to Cutler's, and I don't mean that in a good way.
The Vikings offense is lead by the dominating Adrian Peterson. Peterson has racked up 857 rushing yards, including eight rushing touchdown along with 257 receiving yards with one receiving touchdown.
The Bears defense is usually very good at stopping the run, but not when it's Peterson.
Peterson has scored a rushing touchdown in the last six games against the Bears, and I assume this week will be no different. If the Bears are going to have success this week, it's going to be with stopping the Vikings run game, giving Favre a tougher chance with throwing the ball.
The Vikings pose a threat on defense as well. The Bears O-line will have to stop Jared Allen. If history proves right, Allen will have a lot of chances to get at Cutler. Cutler has already been sacked 28 times this season, and I am betting that number will increase after Sunday.
If the Bears do limit the pass rush and their turnovers, we could be in for a great game. The new Martz system has yet to win over the majority of the fanbase. The running game is almost nonexistent, while the passing game, though better, is still nowhere near elite status.
This week the offense can come out and prove something. The Vikings defense is still in the top five in yards per game, allowing on average 304.6 ypg. All odds indicate a rough game for the Bears and their offense.
But this game is huge for both teams if they want a shot at making the playoffs. The Packers are on a bye week so both teams can move a game closer to taking the NFC North Division.
Though the Vikings seem to dislike their coach a whole lot, they still continue to play hard week after week. I am predicting a very Favre-like performance when he plays against the Bears.
Vikings win, 24-17