Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has had success against a lot of NFL teams over the course of his nine-year career. But against the Chicago Bears, Peterson has put up some of his best games.
The 30-year-old running back will face the Bears on Sunday for the first time since 2013 and the key for Chicago will be to stop Peterson. Against the Bears, he's averaging 116 yards per game, which is almost 20 more yards than his career average of 97 per game.
It was against the Bears that Peterson made his mark on the NFL in his rookie year, rushing for 224 yards on Nov. 14 2007. Six years later, Peterson ran for 211 yards in an overtime win remembered for Marc Trestman kicking on second down.
Peterson is back again this Sunday against a Bears defense that hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown in its last four games. Peterson hasn’t found the end zone in his last two games. Something will likely give on Sunday.
Other key stats of note:
- Bears head coach John Fox is 10-3 coming out of the bye week in his career. The last time he lost following a bye week was 2007 when the Carolina Panthers lost to the Indianapolis Colts 31-7.
- Ironically, the last time the Bears lost to the Vikings at Soldier Field was in 2007 when Adrian Peterson had his big game. Since then, the Bears have played well against their NFC North rival at home.
- Bears defensive backs don’t have an interception through the first six games this season. That’s the first time that’s happened in franchise history.
- Quarterback Jay Cutler will need to protect the ball and try to avoid safety Harrison Smith. The former Notre Dame star has picked off Cutler in each of his first three seasons in the NFL.
- Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has had some of his best games against the Vikings. In the 2013 overtime loss, Jeffery had 12 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Last season Jeffery had 11 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown in the Bears win at home.
- Cutler also needs two touchdowns to pass Sid Luckman as the franchise leader in touchdown passes. Luckman did it in 128 games. Cutler currently sits at 87 games played. When Cutler passes Luckman, he will hold every big franchise passing record including touchdowns, yards, completions and passer rating.