The Chicago Bears return to the field on Sunday to play the Minnesota Vikings after losing to the St Louis Rams last Sunday.
One of the focus points of this game between the Bears and Vikings has been Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Opposing running backs have been rushing like Peterson against the Bears defense this season begging the question what will Peterson be able to do when he goes up against a depleted Bears defense.
On the season, Peterson has rushed for 997 yards and 10 touchdown on 226 rushing attempts.
Help is coming to the Bears defense for today’s game. Defensive linemen Stephen Paea and Jeremiah, formerly known as Jay, Ratliff will be active for the Bears today. Ratliff will be making his season debut. The Bears acquired Ratliff early in the month of November and the team is hoping he can return his pro-bowl form. If healthy, Ratliff should be able to plug the gaps that have often been created this season for opposing running backs to rush through.
Another area to pay attention to for today’s game is the Bears offense. The play-calling of Marc Trestman has been questionable in recent weeks. Between the Bears inability to convert in the red-zone–specifically on goal line situations–and on short yardage plays it is no wonder why the Bears offense appears to be struggling. That being said, with the exception of last week’s game against the Rams, the Bears offense continues to make plays when they need to make plays. Though, that is not a strategy that teams want to depend on.
With the Detroit Lions defeating the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, the Bears need to win this game against the Vikings. The Bears can’t afford to have another division loss, let alone, another conference loss.
Start-Time: 12:00 p.m.
Live Stream: NFL Game Rewind
Television Channel: 12, Fox Chicago
Radio Station: WBBM 780 AM