Man, I have been so far off my game thus far this week that I've forgotten all about this post until now. Usually this starts the weekly stream for our game, but this week it's not because. . .well, I don't know. But here it is now.
Over the years, the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears have generated quite a bit of history against one another. The Bears were the Vikings' first opponent back in 1961, and this Sunday will mark the 106th regular season matchup between these two teams. That's the same number of times the Vikings have gotten together with the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers in the regular season. The Vikings hold the edge in the overall series but, as we know all too well, recent history in Chicago has not been kind to the purple.
As usual, all of these numbers come from the folks at Pro Football Reference.
Number of games between the Vikings and the Bears: 106 (105 regular season, 1 post-season)
All-Time Record: Vikings, 54-50-2 (Vikings 54-49-2 regular season, Bears 1-0 post-season)
Total Vikings Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 2,224 (21 points/game)
Total Bears Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 2,092 (19.7 points/game)
Longest Vikings Winning Streak against Bears: 8 (3 December 1972 - 10 October 1976)
Longest Bears Winning Streak against Vikings: 6 (twice, most recently from 28 December 2009 to 25 November 2012)
Most Recent Vikings Victory in Chicago: 14 October 2007 (Final score 34-31)
Most Recent Bears Victory in Chicago: 15 September 2013 (Final score 31-30)
Biggest Vikings Victory in Chicago: 31 points, 12 October 1969 (Final score 31-0)
Biggest Bears Victory in Chicago: 31 points, 17 September 1989 (Final score 38-7)
In 52 games in Chicago, the Vikings have an all-time record of 21-29-2. They've only won once there in the last 13 years. . .and all that took was 224 yards and three touchdowns from Adrian Peterson, a Troy Williamson touchdown catch (which might be even more incredible) and a 55-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell as time expired in 2007 for the Vikings to pull out a 34-31 victory.
Hopefully the Vikings can reverse the current trend and get a victory in Chicago to get themselves to .500 for the first time since mid-September.
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