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    Overestimate, Underestimate, who knows, who cares ?
    All that matters is the fact that Rex will have another breakout game against you vqueens and DA BEARS "D" will punch your team in the mouth !

    Better have your boys ready for a fist fight !

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    "BearsFanGrrrr" wrote:
    Overestimate, Underestimate, who knows, who cares ?
    All that matters is the fact that Rex will have another breakout game against you vqueens and DA BEARS "D" will punch your team in the mouth !

    Better have your boys ready for a fist fight !

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    Are all Bears fans biased homers? well wait this thread and many more claim that to be true. Just come back when the game is finished, win or lose. Especially if you lose maybe then you won't look like such a troll.

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    "BearsFanGrrrr" wrote:
    Overestimate, Underestimate, who knows, who cares ?
    All that matters is the fact that Rex will have another breakout game against you vqueens and DA BEARS "D" will punch your team in the mouth !


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    If the bears score over thirty points i will personally admit that the vikings suck but im telling you right now u WILL NOT SCORE 30 POINTS in fact i dont think you can even score 20

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    It's actually rather amusing, the Bears score 26/34 point off of 2 of the NFL's worst defenses and suddenly the Bears are the new Colts? Detroit's game against Seattle was a fluke, plain and simple.

    Grossman is not a Pro-Bowl caliber QB he probably won't be for some time, he is basically still somewhat of a rookie since he's been hurt, he hasn't gone a full season. He has 2 good games against lousy teams and everyones hanging off his jockstrap. One thing everyone is overlooking is that he had time in the pocket, way to much time.

    You give any QB in the NFL with that much time they'll pick any defense apart, so if Green Bay and Detroit were formidable opponents, there would have been pressure. If the Bears hope to win, they better bring their running game cause 42 carries for 127 yards in two games isn't going to cut it.

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    I like our chances ... but we had definitely better come to play. There is NO WAY the Bears will look past us and let down this game ... and if we lose this one it will not be an easy road to pick it back up ... we have beaten them four straight years in the dome ... I really hope that we can make it five ... have a feeling we will.

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    The Vikings will win on Sunday.
    ESPN said the the Vikings are the first test for the Bears.
    The Vikings think that they can win, they have the players to win, and the fans to help them win.

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    Thursday, September 21, 2006 · Last updated 3:30 p.m. PT

    [size=13pt]Bears ape Vikings in early fight for 1st[/size]

    By DAVE CAMPBELL
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    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have not won their division in six years, and to get to the top they'll have to push past the Chicago Bears.

    The central part of the takeover plan is on defense, where the Vikings are playing the same scheme that Bears coach Lovie Smith once learned in Tampa Bay as an assistant under Tony Dungy. Mike Tomlin, now Minnesota's defensive coordinator, did the same when he coached the secondary for the Buccaneers.

    When new Vikings coach Brad Childress hired Tomlin, he pointed to Chicago as one reason for that choice. "What better way to beat that defense than to practice against it?" said Childress, whose Philadelphia teams had plenty of trouble against Tampa Bay when he was the offensive coordinator there.

    Like the West Coast offense, the Tampa Two, as it's often known, has become one of the league's trendiest systems. It's primarily a zone pass coverage that uses very little blitzing, instead relying on heavy pressure from a fast, lean defensive line; speedy, all-over-the-field activity by the linebackers and safeties; and sure tackling from the cornerbacks.

    So far, the Vikings (2-0) have played it well, giving up only 29 points and two touchdowns. But the Bears (2-0) are the standard-setters in the NFC North, with every starter back from a unit that yielded a league-low 202 points and finished second in the NFL in yards allowed last year.

    This weekend, Minnesota has a chance to show Chicago what its defense is all about in this early fight for first place.

    "If we outplay the opposing team's defense, we feel as though we'll win each game," Vikings safety Darren Sharper said. "If you want to say they're the kings of the defense that we're trying to get to, you can say that right now. We're just the understudies. We're trying to learn and we're trying to get better and better, but who's to say that on Sunday afternoon the pupil can't beat the teacher?"

    The Bears have become much harder to beat with a suddenly lively offense that has been racking up yards and points. Sure, those 26-0 and 34-7 victories came against Green Bay and Detroit, two depleted teams expected to be at the bottom of the league. For Chicago, though, it's a promising sign for a group that struggled last season to do much more than hand the ball off to Thomas Jones.


    Quarterback Rex Grossman has been the surprise star, throwing for 551 yards, a completion percentage better than 71 percent and five touchdowns with only one interception over those two games.

    "Rex is doing a great job spreading the ball around," said receiver Muhsin Muhammad. "I think he's doing a great job. He's coming along like I expected him to."

    Grossman sat out until December last season because of a broken ankle suffered during training camp. He also tore a ligament in his knee against Minnesota in September 2004 and missed the rest of the year after diving into the end zone for his first career touchdown run. That was at the Metrodome, where Grossman will return for the first time this weekend.

    "I'm not going to think about it too much," Grossman said. He plans to wear a flat-bottom shoe on the artificial grass instead of the full-cleat version he used when he got hurt in his last visit.

    With 14 games to go, the Vikings aren't anywhere close to establishing themselves as one of the league's elite defenses. But Grossman has already detected a difference from watching film.

    "I feel like, with all due respect to the Lions and the Packers, this is probably the most talented defense we've faced so far for sure, because in every position there are great players," he said.

    Not quite as great as the Bears, who sent five of their defensive starters to the Pro Bowl last season.

    "Guys have also been together for a long time and that makes a difference," Sharper said. "We're going to get to that level. We're not at that level that they are right now. We have the ability to play that way this year, and we'll keep grinding away and keep trying to get to that level. But they've been doing it for a while, they've had all their guys together for a while, so that's why they're considered one of the top defenses in the league - and that's our goal, to get that type of recognition."

    For years, Minnesota was a pass-oriented team that focused on a dangerous deep game featuring Randy Moss, but annually failed in an attempt to patch together a competent defense.

    Now, the Vikings look about as close in style as they've ever been to the Bears, who have often mirrored their city's blue-collar image with a bruising, dominant D.

    "You have to hang your hat on something," Childress said, "and that's where they've hung it."

    Minnesota has turned over the ball only once and produced the necessary drives in the clutch, but the offense has been far from fearsome. Last week against Carolina, Brad Johnson was sacked five times, part of an NFL-wide spike in that statistic through two games.

    "We hope that's the case when we play," Smith said. "We put a big emphasis on trying to get to the quarterback. You can't let the quarterback stand in the pocket. All quarterbacks will find receivers if they can take their time in the pocket."




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    September 21, 2006

    [size=13pt]Two Top-Ten Defenses Square-Off On Sunday[/size]

    Author: Mike Wobschall, vikings.com

    On Sunday, the Vikings will face an elite defensive unit for the second week in a row. Last season, the Bears boasted the league's second best defense and gave up a league-low 12.6 points per game. While much of the pressure this week will be on the Vikings offense to score, the Vikings defense will also need to play well.

    Not unlike last week, defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and his unit will need to match the opponent punch-for-punch. Last week, as the offense struggled to score a touchdown, big plays such as Napoleon Harris' sack of Jake Delhomme on third-and-goal from the one yardline made the difference. After that sack, Carolina was forced to kick a field goal and take a seven point lead, rather than score a touchdown and take a commanding 11-point lead.

    Sunday's contest will pit two of the league's top-ten defenses against each other, as the Bears rank fifth and the Vikings rank seventh. The differences in Sunday's game might be subtle, but they will determine the outcome.

    Often times, games that pair two solid defenses are decided by field position. This will likely be the case during Sunday's game. To go along with that point, turnovers will also play a pivotal role in this contest. The team that makes the first big mistake will have their back to the wall for the remainder of the contest.

    Chicago's dominant defense has really taken some pressure of its offense to score points during the past two seasons. But this season, with Chicago's offense average 30 points per game, the defense may be able to play more aggressively.

    "They don't give up too many big plays, they create turnovers, play with the lead and that's why they won so many games last year when they didn't score so many points," Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson said. "This year they are scoring a lot of points and they're really pretty much a different team because they're scoring points and playing with big leads right now."

    The Vikings offense must be able to move the chains and gain first downs, to avoid bad field position and the chance for mistakes caused by a suffocating Bears defense.

    Johnson already knows the traps Chicago's defense can pose.

    "They play a turnover game and try to get you on short fields and then that's when they create havoc," Johnson said. "They put people in a lot of third-and-long situations. They're very good at that."


    Time together

    Perhaps a large reason for the Bears recent fortunes on offense is due to the chemistry that exists on the team. Although the Bears feature more than a handful of relatively young players, those players have spent the entire career together. Even coming back from serious injuries, quarterback Rex Grossman has developed and maintained positive rapport with teammates.

    "It's his second year with Ron Turner in the system," Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "Once you've been in the system for a while, throwing to the same receivers and knowing what to expect, you're supposed to make strides, and that's what Rex has done throughout every phase that we've gone through."

    Opposing players have noticed the same thing as well.

    "Those guys have been playing together for a few years now," Vikings receiver Travis Taylor said. "They might have a few guys that have only been in the league a few years, but for those few years they've been playing with the same guys, and that shows up on the tape."

    Berrian playing well

    A key part of the Bears offensive success over the first two weeks has been third-year receiver Bernard Berrian. Through two games this season, Berrian has six receptions for 138 yards and two scores. Last week, the speedy wideout caught up to one of Grossman's long passes and made a spectacular diving catch in the endzone. Berrian displayed flashes of this type of play late last season, although he didn't record a touchdown reception. His production this season has caught some observers off-guard, but to those who have been around the Fresno State product, his recent success comes as no surprise.

    "Well it's great to see," Bears quarterback Rex Grossman said. "I know not too many people have seen him, but I've seen him for three years now in practice make play after play."

    Grossman, too

    It's probably not a coincidence that Berrian's breakout year is a side-by-side occurrence with Grossman's best two-game span of his career. The former Florida Gators quarterback has been in the league for four years, yet he has only played in ten games. Injuries have prohibited Grossman from taking off in the league, but this season the young quarterback is off to the type of start experts anticipated earlier in his career.

    Grossman already has five touchdown passes this season, three more than his previous season-high total. With such a dominant defense a season ago, the Bears marched to the NFC North title but came up short of reaching the Super Bowl. Many pundits claimed a lackluster offense prevented the Bears from further success.

    This season, however, appears to be different, as Grossman and the offense have produced 60 points in just two contests.

    Get the horn going

    Over the years, the Metrodome has provided the Vikings with a loud home-field advantage. Opposing players have acknowledged how passionate Vikings fans are when their team plays in the dome, especially against a division rival.

    "I'm excited," Grossman said about playing in the Metrodome. "...it's a great place to play. The crowd is really into it. It's another NFC North rival, and the atmosphere in there is electric. They get that horn going, and it's just a fun place to play."

    Injury report

    The Vikings have three players listed on their injury report. Receivers Troy Williamson (shoulder) and Marcus Robinson (hamstring) and offensive lineman Artis Hicks (shoulder) are listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

    Erasmus James (knee) was put on injured reserve earlier this week.

    Chicago had just two players on their injury report. Defensive end Israel Idonije (ankle) and safety Cameron Worrell (knee) are both listed as questionable.


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    [size=13pt]Vikings: Three keys for beating the Bears[/size]

    By Eric Krupka on September 22, 2006 12:20 AM
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    When the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears lock horns at the Metrodome this Sunday, first place in the NFC North is up for grabs.

    The general consensus among plenty of major media outlets is that the Bears are going to roll over the Vikings. But why?

    Sure, they have an outstanding defense that packs a punch like Muhammad Ali, and has resided in the upper echelon of the NFL for the past few seasons. And, I know, Kyle Orton, arguably the worst quarterback in the history of the NFL, isn't running the offense anymore. Akili Smith and Ryan Leaf can thank me later. But the fact is, two solid performances by quarterback Rex Grossman, which should be noted were against the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions , hardly two of the tougher defenses in the league, and suddenly everyone is on the bandwagon, ready to anoint Lovie Smith's team as the frontrunners to challenge for the Super Bowl.

    Don't get me wrong, the Bears are a quality team, and, as the defending division champions, are most definitely the team to beat in the NFC North. However, by no means are they unbeatable, nor should the Vikings be given no shot to win.

    Consider this -- the home team has won eight straight meetings in the series, with the last Bears victory in the Metrodome coming in 2001. So call me crazy, but I like the Vikings' home chances.

    The pessimist would say, "Well, the home team is due to lose then." While it's true that all trends eventually come to an end, there's reason to believe this one will hold true Sunday.

    So, after all of that, here are three keys to the game Minnesota can use to defeat its rival.

    First off, the Viking defense will need to stop the double-headed monster of running backs Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson. Although the two are averaging just 3.0 and 2.8 yards per carry, respectively, the Bears offense is still predicated upon the running game. The Bears ran the ball 36 times in Week 1, and 33 times in Week 2. Even with Grossman surprisingly faring well through the air in the first two games, there is no reason to believe that Ron Turner's unit will become a high-powered aerial assault. The proof is in the number of rushes in each game. Yes, the Bears were ahead, but he never abandoned the run, early, when the game was still close.

    If the Vikings are able to stop the ground game and force Grossman into obvious passing situations, the odds are in Minnesota's favor to shut down the Bears offense. A wide receiving corps of Muhsin Muhammad, Bernard Berrian and Mark Bradley doesn't necessarily strike fear into anyone, though it is performing well. The tight end duo of Desmond Clark and John Gilmore has been very productive up to this point, accounting for three touchdowns, but can be stopped. The Vikings posses a very formidable secondary with starting corners Antoine Winfield and Fred Smoot, and starting safeties Darren Sharper and Dwight Smith, so you'd have to give the edge to the Vikings' defensive backfield.

    Secondly, the Vikings will need to continue to pound the rock like they have with Chester Taylor. Like the first two games, none of the yardage will be easy, but the Vikings' running back will have to keep being the workhorse and churn out whatever yardage he can get. If the ground game is working, the Vikings can own the ever so important time of possession battle, and wear down a Bears defense that usually wears down the opponent.

    Finally, the turnover battle will be crucial. The Vikings' red-zone defense has been phenomenal in the first two games, which has allowed the unit to keep opponents' scoring down without forcing many turnovers. The defense will be hard-pressed to keep up the pace, so forcing some turnovers will help. And that's not a slight on the defense, which currently ranks seventh in the NFL, but, sooner or later, not forcing turnovers will come back to bite them.

    Conversely, the offense will have to continue doing what it does best -- protecting the football. The Bears defense goes for the kill when it smells blood and also has a propensity to force turnovers. It will be imperative for the Vikings to not turn the ball over because, like all good teams, the Bears will make you pay for it.

    If the Vikings are able to do these three key things better than the Bears on Sunday, there is no reason they shouldn't walk out of the Metrodome 3-0, atop the NFC North Division.

    Let the game begin...

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