TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Soldier Field
Weather: Low 58, High 68
Line: Chicago (-7)
The Chicago Bears are coming off a week one victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. The offense looked solid, but not great, as Jay Cutler was 21-33 for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Cutler will need to perform better and stay healthy if the Bears want to have a chance at the postseason this year. Brandon Marshall remains Cutler’s favorite target, catching eight passes for 104 yards with a touchdown. Matt Forte had 19 rushes for just 50 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals’ defense seemed to slow the solid Chicago offensive attack.
On the other side of the field, the Minnesota Vikings are coming off a tough week one loss against the Detroit Lions even though Adrian Peterson proved once again why he may not be human. Quarterback Christian Ponder continues to raise question marks as he passed for 236 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Peterson picked up his quarterback by rushing for 93 yards on 17 carries and an early 77-yard score. Newly-acquired Jerome Simpson led all receivers with seven catches for 140 yards. Greg Jennings was a bit disappointing with just three catches for 33 yards in his first game as a Viking.
Defensively, the Bears had a tough time slowing down the pass game of the Bengals in week one, as Andy Dalton connected with A.J. Green nine times for 162 yards and two touchdowns. They shut down Benjarvus Green-Ellis with just 25 yards on 14 carries — not allowing a single rusher to gain more than 25 yards. The Vikings weren’t so solid defensively, allowing 357 yards through the air and 469 yards total. Reggie Bush ran all over this defense with 90 rush yards and 101 receiving yards.
PREDICTION: Vikings 21, Bears 34