The Vikings enter this game with a record of 0-1 after losing their season-opening game to the Detroit Lions. In their game against the Lions, Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson scored three touchdowns.
Make no mistake about it, Peterson is definitely one of the Vikings’ 5 offensive players to watch against the Bears on Sunday.
- Adrian Peterson-Peterson did not rush for over 100 yards in his previous game against the Lion, so expect the reigning MVP to determined to reach 100 yards against the Bears. It’s unrealistic to expect the Bears to be able to stop Peterson, but the Bears’ defense can minimize the damage.
- Christian Ponder- Ponder was responsible for all four of the Vikings’ turnovers last Sunday–three interceptions and one fumble. The Bears’ defense is certainly prone to takeaways, and that should not bode well for the Vikings’ quarterback. If Ponder struggles at the start of the game, could Matt Cassel see playing time?
- Greg Jennings- The Bears defensive backs were constantly at a disadvantage against Bengals’ wide receiver AJ Green. After a less than stellar start to his Vikings’ career against the Lions, expect wide receiver Greg Jennings to look to exploit the Bears secondary as Green did.
- Kyle Rudolph-Against the Bears on Sunday, the Bengals’ tight ends compiled 10 receptions for a total of 82 yards. The Bears defense is vulnerable to tight ends, and Rudolph could be a difference maker for the Vikings.
- Matt Kalil-Chicago Bears’ defensive end Julius Peppers was missing in action against the Bengals despite playing most of the defensive snaps. Kalil will be lined up on the Vikings’ offensive line opposite of Peppers and it will be interesting to see if the Bears’ veteran defensive end can generate pressure on Ponder. The matchup between Kalil and Peppers will likely be one of the more important matchups in the Bears’ game against the Vikings.