The Minnesota Vikings looked to have last Sunday’s game against the rival Green Bay Packers well in-hand, leading 23-7 early in the fourth quarter. But the Packers rallied to tie the game at 23 by the end of regulation and the game finished in a 26-26 tie after overtime. The Vikings (2-8-1) will return to Mall of America Field in Week 13 to host the 6-5 Chicago Bears, who lost 42-21 to the St. Louis Rams last week. The two teams played at Soldier Field back in Week 2, and the Bears came away with a 31-30 victory.
Here are some notable numbers for each team ahead of Sunday’s game, as the Bears try to stay afloat in the NFC playoff race and the Vikings look to embrace the role of spoiler.
281.7- Minnesota is 29th in the league against the pass, allowing 281.7 yards per game. Their secondary looks likely to be even thinner this week, with Monday’s release of cornerback A.J. Jefferson after his arrest on domestic assualt charges and cornerback Xavier Rhodes suffering a concussion last Sunday.
280- Bears’ quarterback Josh McCown has started three games this season in place of an injured Jay Cutler, and he has averaged 280 passing yards per game in those appearances (352 yards against the Rams in Week 12). Cutler has been ruled out for Sunday’s game with an ankle issue, so McCown will make at least one more start.
161- Bears’ running back Matt Forte had 161 combined yards (20 carries for 88 yards; 10 receptions for 73 yards) against Minnesota in Week 2. But he is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended right knee, which leaves his status for Sunday up in the air at this point.
107.7- Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has averaged 107.7 rushing yards per game in 11 career games against Chicago.
59.2- Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder has a 59.2 passer rating against Chicago, in five career games (four starts).
14- Peterson has 14 rushing touchdowns in his career against the Bears, the most he has against any team.
10- Peterson now has at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his seven NFL seasons, making him just the third running back in league history (LaDanian Tomlinson, Emmitt Smith) with double-digit rushing scores in seven or more seasons.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.