The Minnesota Vikings will travel southeast this week to take on the Chicago Bears. As expected, it will be a huge early season game for the Vikings, as they try to avoid going 0-2 to start 2013. Things didn’t go as planned for the purple and gold in week one against the Detroit Lions. They looked sloppy and disorganized at times during the contest and as a result, they lost 34-24 to open the season.
Things won’t get any easier for Minnesota against Chicago in week two, because all Vikings’ fans know about the team’s struggles at Soldier Field. In fact, the Vikings haven’t won a game on the Bears’ home turf since 2007. It’s been so long in fact, that star defensive end Jared Allen wasn’t even a member of the team the last time it happened. In a recent interview Allen was made aware of this fact and responded with this:
“Goodness, we haven’t won (in Chicago) since 2007. It’s gotta change, to be honest. It’s embarrassing, it’s annoying.”
I’m willing to bet that a vast majority of Vikings’ fans will agree with Allen’s assessment. They can call it whatever they want, but facts are still facts, and regardless of what history says, Minnesota hasn’t been able to get the job done at Soldier Field lately.
If the Vikings are going to have any chance at victory this Sunday, Allen will need to have a big game. The Bears’ offensive line struggles have been well documented in recent years, but their front office did a nice job this offseason to address the issues. Chicago’s new-look o-line will no doubt be put to the test, though, as Minnesota sports one of the NFC’s top d-lines.