Bernard Berrian will be making his first appearance against his former team, the Chicago Bears, as a member of the Vikings. Here are a few dozen stats to compare his current team with his former team.
knew this day was coming. In his return to Chicago, he could play a major role in how the Vikings head into their bye week – either under .500 or in first place in the NFC North.
Berrian, who signed a huge free-agent contract with the Vikings in the offseason, will be making his first start against his former team. Berrian became the first Vikings wide receiver since Nate Burleson
to have back-to-back 100-yard games since Nate Burleson in 2004. That was the last time the Vikings had a 1,000-yard receiver. In fact, the Vikings haven't had a receiver with more than 651 receiving yards the last three seasons – Berrian is just 215 yards away from that with 10 games to play.
Berrian's ability to make the big play has held a critical role in each of the Vikings' last two games, both wins. With the Bears fielding a banged-up secondary that has both starters (Charles Tillman
and Nathan Vasher
) injured coming into the game, Berrian's role in his homecoming could be vital to winning and losing.
Last year, teammate Bobby Wade
was booed every time he touched the ball. He expects it to be much worse for Berrian, but said he will get a good laugh out of it. If things go as hoped, the booing by Bears fans will come early and often for the new weapon in the Vikings offensive arsenal.
VIKINGS-BEARS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the 15th rated offense (9th rushing, tied for 17th passing) and the seventh-ranked defense (4th rushing, 15th passing).
The Bears have the 13th rated offense (13th rushing, 12th passing) and the 12th rated defense (5th rushing, 27th passing).
Of the top 16 ranked offenses in the NFL this season, 12 of them are in the NFC.
The Vikings are ninth in rushing yardage, but just 14th in average per rush.
One of the biggest disparities between the Vikings and Bears offenses is on third down. The Bears rank fifth in the league, while the Vikings are 26th.
The Vikings are fourth in gross punt average, but 29th in net punt average.
Both the Vikings and Bears are near the top of the league in run defense. Minnesota is fourth in both yards per game and average per run, while the Bears are fifth in yards and sixth in average per attempt.
On third-down defense, the Vikings are 10th in the league while the Bears are second.
The Bears are also tied for first in the league in fourth-down defense – not allowing a single conversion on five fourth-down attempts.
Through six games, the Bears are plus-1 in giveaway/takeaway numbers (11 takeaways, 10 giveaways), while the Vikings are one of just two teams that are even (10 takeaways, 10 giveaways).
The Bears are 15th in the league in red zone touchdown offense. Of their 20 drives in the red zone, Chicago has scored 10 touchdowns. The Vikings are tied for last with the St. Louis Rams at a 20 percent TD conversion rate. Of 15 red zone opportunities on offense, the Vikings have scored just three touchdowns and had nine field goals.
Defensively, the Bears ranked 11th in the red zone, allowing touchdowns on 42.1 percent of opponent drives (19 possessions, eight TDs). The Vikings are 21st, allowing nine touchdowns on 17 possessions, for a conversion rate of 52.9 percent.
On the bright side for the Vikings red zone defense is that opponents haven't scored at all on four of those possessions. Only San Diego, Atlanta, Cleveland and Tennessee have a better record of coming away with allowing no points on red zone possessions.
Through six games, the Vikings and Bears each have 106 first downs on offense.
The Vikings are second in the league in allowing first downs with just 87 – an average of 14.5 first downs a game. The Bears are tied for 15th with 111 first downs allowed on defense.
The league average for yards gained on first down is 5.07 yards. The Vikings are 19th in the league at 5.06 yards and the Bears are 21st with 4.66 yards. Defensively, both the Vikings and Bears are allowing 4.90 yards on first down.
In average starting position to open drives after kickoffs, the Bears are fourth with an average starting point of the 29.1-yard line. The Vikings are 24th with an average start at the 24.9-yard line.
The Bears are 11th in the league in opposing starting position after kickoffs. The league average is the 26.4-yard line. The Bears are ahead of that at the 25.4-yard line. The Vikings are 30th, giving an average start at the 29.8-yard line. Only Miami and Dallas are worse.
Both the Vikings and Bears have allowed two 300-yard passers this season as well as two 100-yard receivers.
Bernard Berrian has two 100-yard receiving games. The only Bear with more than 100 yards in a game is Brandon Lloyd, who is out for today's game.
Adrian Peterson has three 100-yard games this season, while Matt Forte has topped 100 yards once. Neither Minnesota nor Chicago has allowed an opposing runner to top 100 yards.
Kyle Orton isn't going to be confused with Tom Brady, but through six weeks of the season, he is sixth in the league in pass attempts, tied for seventh in completions and eighth in passing yards.
Adrian Peterson is third in the league in rushing, while Forte is fifth. Of the leading rushers in the NFL, all of the top six are from the NFC, as are 10 of the top 12 and 14 of the top 17.
It has been a long time since the Vikings have had anyone close to the 25th ranking in receptions or yards. Bobby Wade is tied for 26th in the league with 25 receptions and Bernard Berrian is tied for ninth with 436 receiving yards.
Ryan Longwell is tied for sixth in the league for scoring among kickers with 51 points. Robbie Gould is tied for ninth with 48 points.
Thanks to having 27 receptions, Forte has more total yards from scrimmage (665) than A.D. (619). Forte ranks fourth in the league, while Peterson checks in at No. 6.
Kevin Williams is tied for fourth in the league with six sacks. John Abraham of Atlanta leads with seven.
Antoine Winfield and Ben Leber are two of nine players in the league tied for second place in defensive fumble recoveries with two.
The Vikings have returned 15 punts and called 11 fair catches. Opponents have returned 23 punts and called only three fair catches.
Winfield is in a three-way tie behind Peterson with two touchdowns, joining Berrian and Visanthe Shiancoe with two TDs each on the Vikings roster.
Peterson has exactly 100 more carries (129) than Chester Taylor (29).
The Bears have scored as many or more points than their opponents in every quarter except overtime.