Yes, I'm getting to this post significantly later in the week than I generally do, but better late than never, I suppose. As division rivals, the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears have a very long history against one another, all the way back to the very first regular season game in Vikings' history. So, let's take a look back at that history for a little bit here.
As always, all of the numbers in this particular post come courtesy of the good folks from Pro Football Reference.
Total Games Between the Vikings and the Bears: 108 (107 regular season, 1 post-season)
All-Time Head-to-Head Record: Vikings, 55-50-2 (Bears 1-0 in post-season)
Total Vikings' Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 2,232 (20.9 points/game)
Total Bears' Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 2,087 (19.5 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 - 25 November 2012)
Most Recent Vikings' Victory in Chicago: 14 October 2007 (Final score 34-31)
Most Recent Bears' Victory in Chicago: 16 November 2014 (Final score 21-13)
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)
Just a few random notes here between these two teams.
-Running back Adrian Peterson has five games of 200 rushing yards or more. Two of them have come against the Chicago Bears. The first came in his rookie season on 14 October 2007, the last time the Vikings won in Chicago. The second one was at the Metrodome on 1 December 2013 in a 23-20 Minnesota victory.
-Peterson has also scored more touchdowns against the Bears than he has against any other team, as he's found the end zone 14 times in 12 career games against Chicago.
-A game between these two teams at Soldier Field produced another of the great rushing performances in NFL history. The great Walter Payton put up 275 yards in a 10-7 Chicago victory over the Vikings at Soldier Field on 20 November 1977. At the time, that performance gave Payton the single-game record for rushing yardage.
-Teddy Bridgewater has played two games against the Bears in his short career, with mixed results. At Soldier Field in 2014, he battled the Bears. . .and the game clock. . .completing 18-of-28 passes for 158 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 21-13 loss. Then in the 2014 season finale at TCF Bank Stadium, he completed 17-of-25 passes for 209 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in Minnesota's 13-9 victory.
-Jay Cutler, while he usually DONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN'T CARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE, has done alright for himself against the Vikings over his career. He's posted a career record of 8-3 in 11 career games against the Vikings, and has completed 65.5% of his passes against them. He has also racked up 23 touchdown passes against just 13 interceptions.
And that's a brief look back at the history between the Vikings and the Bears going into this Sunday's contest in Chicago, folks. We'll revisit this when the Bears visit Minnesota in Week 15.