A number of former Vikings greats will be on hand Sunday night to see John Randle inducted into the Ring of Honor. They also hope to see the Vikings improve on their statistical rankings against the Bears.
The Vikings hope to have a good luck charm with them tonight when they square off with the Chicago Bears
– one that will come in the form of dozens of former Vikings greats. Many Vikings of yesteryear with be on hand as the Vikings induct John Randle
into the Ring of Honor.
Randle came to the Vikings as an undrafted free agent and became one of the game's top defensive linemen. Recently, he was named one of the semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Randle will be the 17th person inducted into the Ring of Honor, joining, Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter
, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel and Chuck Foreman.
VIKINGS-BEARS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the 18th-ranked offense (fifth rushing, 26th passing) and the ninth-ranked defense (second rushing, 22nd passing). The Bears have the 20th-ranked offense (11th rushing, 20th passing and the 15th ranked defense (fifth rushing, 30th passing).
When it comes to percentage of passes intercepted by team, the Bears and Kyle Orton rank second in the NFL. The Vikings rank 28th.
Defensively, the Vikings are 25th in interceptions per pass play, while Chicago ranks seventh.
Despite having Devin Hester, Chicago is 27th in punt return average. The Vikings are 30th.
Not only are the Vikings 30th in offensive punt return average, they're dead last in the league in defensive punt return average, allowing teams almost 18 yards per return.
The Vikings defense is second in the league behind only Pittsburgh in average per carry for opposing rushers. The Bears are right behind them in third place.
The Bears are a dismal 26th in the league in defensive sacks per pass play. The Vikings are sixth.
The Bears are tied for third in the league in giveaway/takeaway ratio at plus-8 (25 takeaways, 17 giveaways). The Vikings are tied for 20th at minus-2 (20 takeaways, 22 giveaways).
The Bears have been much more effective in the red zone than Minnesota. In 33 red zone chances, Chicago has scored 19 touchdowns – the 10th best percentage in the league. The Vikings have just 12 touchdowns in 29 possessions – 28th in the league.
Defensively, the Vikings are 10th in the red zone, allowing 16 TDs in 34 opponent possessions. The Bears are 19th, allowing 20 touchdowns in 38 possessions.
The Bears have only picked up seven first downs by penalty – the lowest total in the league.
The Bears are sixth in the league in average post-kickoff starting position – beginning drives at an average of the 29.5-yard line. The Vikings are 21st with an average start at the 26.3-yard line.
Defensively, the Bears allow opponents to start at the 26.8-yard line (17th in the league), while the Vikings are 27th (28.6-yard line).
Between the two, the teams have just one 300-yard passer – Kyle Orton vs. Detroit.
The Vikings have allowed three 300-yard passers this year, while the Bears have allowed two.
The Vikings have three 100-yard receiving games this year – all from Bernard Berrian – while the Bears have just one, from backup WR Brandon Lloyd.
The Vikings have allowed four 100-yard receivers. The Bears have allowed two.
Adrian Peterson has topped 100 yards six times this year, while Matt Forte has rushed for 100 yards three times.
The Vikings haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher this year. The Bears have allowed two – Peterson and Ryan Grant.
Although Orton has a better passer rating than Gus Frerotte, Gus has been better on third-down passing – building a rating to 84.8 to Orton's 75.4.
Peterson is second in the league with 1,180 rushing yards, just 26 yards behind Clinton Portis. Forte is fifth with 909 rushing yards.
Peterson is second in the league in total yards from scrimmage with 1,275 yards. Forte is third with 1,245 yards.
Nine of the top 10 rushers in the league are from the NFC.
Berrian is 24th in the league with 673 receiving yards. The Bears have nobody in the top 60.
Ryan Longwell is tied for eighth in the league with 91 points. Robbie Gould of the Bears is 16th with 83 points.
Known as a time-of-possession team, the Bears have averaged having the ball for just 29:15 per game.
The Bears are converting third downs at a rate of just 38.5 percent and allowing opponents to convert as just 33.8 percent.
The Vikings are converting third downs at just 35.1 percent, while allowing opponents to convert at 34.8 percent.
The Bears have outscored opponents 75-44 in the first quarter of games this year.
The Vikings have been outscored 73-40 in the third quarter of games this year.
The Bears have 17 interceptions while allowing opponents just six.
The Bears have five players with 30 or more receptions, but only one (Forte) with more than 33 (45).
Opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of just 74.5 against the Bears.
Vikings opponents have missed one of every three field goal attempts – making 18 and missing nine.
The Vikings have 30 sacks this year, but have allowed 31.
The Vikings are averaging just 5.9 yards per punt return, while allowing 17.8 yards defensively.