The Vikings have four semifinalists for the Hall of Fame that have ties to the team and they will be introducing Scott Studwell into the Ring of Honor at halftime. Those announcements come before a game in which the Vikings dominate the Bears in the rankings.
The 2010 Hall of Fame semifinalists were announced Saturday and four of them have Vikings ties. Cris Carter, John Randle and Chris Doleman spent most of their careers with the Vikings and the fourth nominee, running back Roger Craig, spent his final two seasons with the Vikes.
It is truly an all-star class this year with Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice leading the list of candidates. Both are in their first year of eligibility, as is cornerback Aeneas Williams. The two senior candidates brought forward were defensive back and coach Dick LeBeau and running back Floyd Little.
The list of 25 will be reduced to 15 on Jan. 7, 2010.
The Vikings have some Hall of Fame history of their own to honor Sunday. Linebacker Scott Studwell will become the 18th player inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime of today's game with the Bears.
Studwell played 14 years with the Vikings from 1977-90 and has worked in the team's front office for the last 18 years. He remains the career leader in combined tackles (1,981) and defensive tackles (1,928), as well as the single-season leader (230 in 1981) and single-game leader (24 vs. Detroit Nov. 17, 1985). He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to both the Vikings 25th and 40th anniversary all-time teams.
VIKINGS-BEARS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the league's 9th-rated offense (10th rushing, 10th passing) and the 12th-ranked defense (3rd rushing, 21st passing). The Bears have the 19th-ranked offense (28th rushing, 14th passing) and the 13th-rated defense (23rd rushing, 8th passing).
The Vikings are averaging 375.3 yards a game on offense (249.1 passing, 126.2 rushing), while they are allowing 317 yards a game (231.5 passing, 85.5 rushing).
The Bears are averaging 329.3 yards a game on offense (240 passing, 89.3 rushing), while allowing 320.1 yards a game (197.8 passing, 122.3 rushing).
The Vikings are 15th in the league in average per rush (4.2 yards), while the Bears are 20th (4.0).
The Vikings are sixth in passing average per attempt (8.01 yards). Chicago is 19th (6.62).
The Vikings are first in the league in interception percentage (1.0 percent), while the Bears are 27th (4.7 percent).
The Vikings offense is tied for fourth in offensive third-down conversion percentage at 46.6 percent (65 of 140). The Bears are 19th at 38.3 percent (53 of 139). The league average is 38.7 percent.
The Vikings defense is tied for 11th on opponent third-down conversions, allowing just 33.3 percent (43 of 129). The Bears are tied for 20th at 42.8 percent (59 of 138).
The Bears are ninth in the league in sack percentage per pass play, while the Vikings are 17th.
Both teams are in the top 10 in terms of kickoff and punt returns. The Vikings are ninth in punt-return average and third in kickoff returns. The Bears are seventh in punt returns and eight in kickoff returns.
The Vikings are second in the league in points per game scored, while the Bears are at 20th.
The Bears defense is 10th in the league in interception percentage, while the Vikings are near the bottom at 29th – ahead of only Dallas, Cleveland and Detroit.
The Vikings defense is tied for fourth in third-down conversion percentage. The Bears are 29th.
The Vikings special teams coverage units have made considerable strides this year. They are ranked 16th in punt coverage and seventh in kickoff coverage, which is much better than the Bears – 19th in punt coverage and 21st in kick coverage.
The Vikings defense is 10th in points allowed, while the Bears are 18th.
The Vikings are tied for fifth place in giveaway/takeaway ratio at plus-6 (16 takeaways, 10 giveaways), while the Bears are minus-3 (18 takeaways, 21 giveaways).
Only Green Bay (8) has had fewer giveaways than the Vikings. Only four teams have more giveaways than Chicago – the Jets (23), Raiders (24), Panthers (25) and Browns (25).
The Vikings are seventh in the league in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 25 of 42 offensive drives (59.5 percent). The Bears are 27th, having scored just 14 touchdowns on 33 red zone chances (42.4 percent).
The Bears haven't scored point in nine of their 33 red zone drives on offense – scoring on just 72.7 percent of their red zone chances. Only St. Louis (54.2 percent) is worse.
Only Arizona has scored more red zone touchdowns on offense (26) than the Vikings (25).
The Vikings defense is second in the league in the red zone – allowing just 10 touchdowns on 26 opponent chances (38.5 percent). Only Washington (33.3 percent) is better. The Bears defense has been dismal, ranking 30th by allowing 23 touchdowns on 33 red zone chances for their opponents (69.7 percent). Only Houston and the Giants are worse at letting opponents score touchdowns in the red zone.
The Vikings and Bears are 1-2 in average starting position on offense after kickoffs. The Vikings' average start is at the 33.4-yard line, while the Bears are close behind with an average starting spot of the 30.2-yard line. The league average is the 26.3-yard line.
Jay Cutler and Brett Favre each have three 300-yard passing games this year. The Vikings have allowed two 300-yard passers, while the Bears have allowed none.
The Vikings have three 100-yard receiving days – all from Sidney Rice. The Bears have two – one from Matt Forte and one from Devin Hester. The Vikings have allowed three 100-yard receivers, while the Bears have allowed five.
Adrian Peterson has three 100-yard rushing games, while Forte has just one. The Bears have allowed two 100-yard rushers, while the Vikings haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in more than two years.
Favre is 17th in pass attempts (310), 10th in completions (216), second in completion percentage (69.7), 11th in yards (2,482), seventh in average gain (8.01 yards), tied for second in touchdowns (21), second in touchdown percentage (6.8), second in interceptions (3), first in interception percentage (1.0) and first in passer rating (112.1).
Cutler is third in pass attempts (381), sixth in completions (235), 14th in completion percentage (61.7), 10th in yards (2,524), 20th in average gain (6.62), tied for 12th in touchdowns (15), 17th in touchdown percentage (3.9), 33rd in interceptions (18), 30th in interception percentage (4.7) and 24th in passer rating (74.5).
Favre is second in the league in fourth-quarter passer rating at 119.3 – behind only Drew Brees (121.9). Cutler is 25th at 75.5.
Favre is fourth in the league in third-down passer rating (105.7). Cutler is 23rd at 67.6.
Adrian Peterson is third in the league with 999 rushing yards, 32 yards being Steven Jackson of the Rams and 243 yards behind league leader Chris Johnson of Tennessee. Forte is 22nd with 516 yards.
Forte's rushing average of 3.3 yards is the lowest of any running back with 400 or more rushing yards on the season.
Peterson has converted 10 of 11 third-and-1 situations. He is No. 2 in attempts behind only Knowshon Moreno of Denver (12) and his conversions are the most in the league.
Devin Hester is tied for 13th in the league with 52 receptions. Sidney Rice is tied for 21st with 50, Forte is tied for 35th with 42 (third among running backs), and Percy Harvin is tied for 50th with 36.
Rice leads the NFC and is fourth in the league with 875 receiving yards. Hester is 26th with 614, Earl Bennett is tied for 41st with 511, and Harvin is 43rd with 501 yards.
Four players in Sunday's game are in the top 20 of the league in third-down receptions. Harvin is tied for fifth with 18, Chester Taylor is tied for 14th with 15, and Rice and Johnny Knox are tied for 18th with 14.
Peterson is second in the league for scoring among non-kickers with 66 points, trailing only Maurice Jones-Drew, who has 78 points.
Ryan Longwell is fifth among kickers with 82 points. Robbie Gould is 13th with 68 points.
Peterson is fourth in the league in total yards with 1,214 – 999 rushing, 215 receiving. He trails Ray Rice of Baltimore by 34 yards, Jackson of the Rams by 48 and Johnson of the Titans by 290.
Forte is 12th in total yards with 915 – 516 rushing, 399 receiving.
Peterson leads the league in first downs with 59 (49 rushing, 10 receiving). He leads Reggie Wayne of the Colts by one, DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers by two and Jackson by five.
Chris Kluwe is 18th in the league in gross punt average (43.8 yards) and 14th in net punt average (38.4). Bears punter Brad Maynard is 29th in gross average (41.3) and 21st in net average (37.5).
Darius Reynaud is fifth in the NFL with an 11.6-yard punt return average. Hester is 12th at 9.3 yards with a long of just 33 yards.
Harvin is second in the league in kickoff return average at 29.8 yards – trailing only Miami's Ted Ginn Jr. (30.4 yards). Chicago's Danieal Manning is 15th (24.8).
Chicago's Zackary Bowman is tied for eighth in the league with four interceptions. No Viking has more than two.
Jared Allen is second in the league in sacks with 10.5 – 1.5 sacks behind Elvis Dumervil of Denver. Kevin Williams is tied for 13th with six, Ray Edwards is tied for 17th with 5.5 and Adewale Ogunleye of the Bears is tied for 22nd with five.
The Vikings have outscored their opponents 55-19 in the first quarter of games and have outscored them in every quarter.
Ten different Vikings have recorded sacks and two others have been ruled group sacks.
Ryan Longwell has made 27 of his last 29 field goal attempts and his only miss this season was blocked.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.