Vikings-Bears Notes

Miscellaneous statistics and notes relating to Sunday's matchup between the Vikings and Bears in Soldier Field.

VIKINGS

  • Hall of Fame DT Alan Page played with the Vikings from 1967 until he was released in the middle of the 1978 season. The Bears signed Page and he played with the team through 1981. Page, who is now an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, was named the Associated Press' NFL MVP in 1971.

  • Bears RB Walter Payton set a then-NFL record with 275 rushing yards on 40 carries in a 10-7 victory over the Vikings on Nov. 20, 1977 at Soldier Field. He broke the mark of 273 yards that had been held by O.J. Simpson. Payton's record stood until Corey Dillon of the Cincinnati Bengals rushed for 278 yards on 22 attempts against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 22, 2000. Jamal Lewis of Baltimore then broke Dillon's record by going for 295 yards on 30 carries on Sept. 14, 2003 against Cleveland.

  • S Darren Sharper has seven career interceptions in 19 career games against Chicago. He also had a career-high two sacks at Chicago on Sept. 29, 2003, when he was with Green Bay.

  • DT Kevin Williams has seven sacks, 43 tackles, 13 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and three passes broken up in eight games against Chicago.

  • The Vikings are 15-15 against the Bears during the month of October.

  • Vikings WR Bobby Wade was a fifth-round pick of the Bears in 2003 and played with Chicago until December 2005, when he was claimed off waivers by Tennessee.

  • The Vikings and Bears lead the NFC Central/North division title race with 16 and seven championships, respectively.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 5 — Number of Vikings assistant coaches who played in the NFL. The list includes defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who was a starting cornerback for the Chicago Bears team that won Super Bowl XX in large part because of an outstanding defense.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I definitely see my role expanding. I'm planning on having a conversation with the coaches and just see what they see me doing and what they want me to improve on. I just want to be out there helping the team more than what I am right now." — Veteran wide receiver Robert Ferguson, who had three receptions in Week 2 against Detroit but hasn't caught a ball since that game. Ferguson signed with the Vikings as a free agent in late August after being released by the Green Bay Packers.

    BEARS


  • DT Tommie Harris has four sacks in five games and is tied for second in the league among defensive tackles with Texans rookie Amobi Okoye, trailing only the Cardinals' Darnell Dockett, who has five sacks. Since the start of last season, Harris is tied for second among tackles with nine sacks, one behind the Raiders' Warren Sapp.

  • DE Mark Anderson is tied for fourth in the NFL with 16 sacks since the start of the 2006 season, and his sacks have resulted in a loss of 130 yards, the most in the league.

  • Since the start of the 2006 season, PK Robbie Gould has 16 field goals of 40 yards or longer, second in the league behind the Rams' Jeff Wilkins, whose home games are played in a dome and who has five more attempts than the Bears kicker. Gould is also second in the NFL in accuracy from 40 yards or longer at 84.2 percent (16 of 19). Gould's overall career success rate of 84.7 (61 of 72) is by far the highest in franchise history (Jeff Jaeger is second at 75.9) and second among active kickers in the NFL, trailing only the 85.9 of the Chargers' Nate Kaeding.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 23 — Number of three-and-out possessions the Bears' defense has forced, the most in the NFL. The Bears' three-and-out percentage of 35.9 is also the highest in the league. Since Lovie Smith took over as head coach in 2004, the Bears lead the NFL with 192 three-and-outs and in percentage of three-and-outs at 27.7.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "On game day I just have to play through (the injury) because I want it bad. I don't want to sit out anymore. I've experienced that. I just have to go." — DT Tommie Harris, asked if he were 100 percent recovered from a sprained knee that has limited his practice time. Harris' 2006 season ended in Game 12 due to a torn hamstring.

  • TE Greg Olsen, the Bears' first-round draft choice, leads the team with a 14.2-yard average per catch.

  • TE Desmond Clark leads the Bears with two touchdowns catches and is second with 19 receptions and 231 yards. He also leads all NFL tight ends with a 13.4-yard average per catch since the start of the 2006 season.

  • RB Adrian Peterson is averaging 4.2 yards per carry (84 yards on 20 attempts), 1.2 yards better than starter Cedric Benson and 1.1 yards better than the Bears' overall rushing average.

  • CB Charles Tillman has half of the Bears' six forced fumbles, leads the team with four pass breakups and is tied for fourth with 18 solo tackles.

  • WLB Lance Briggs leads the Bears with 21 solo tackles, two more than Brian Urlacher, even though he missed one game with a strained hamstring.

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