1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2007
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Rookie running back Adrian Peterson slashed and trucked through the Bears for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 34-31 win, giving him the most single-game rushing yards in Vikings history.
|Adrian Peterson (2007)||Bears||224|
|Chuck Foreman (1976)||Eagles||200|
|Robert Smith (1998)||Rams||179|
|Ted Brown (1983)||Packers||179|
A Chicago defense that bullied the NFL a season ago has found it a struggle to match last year's success. The Bears allowed 311 yards on the ground to the Vikings, the third most in franchise history.
The Vikings won a road game against the Bears for the first time since 2000. ... Chicago played without starting defensive tackle Darwin Walker, who was inactive after spraining his knee last week. ... Ricky Williams of Miami had 216 yards rushing against Chicago in 2002.
Things set up well this week for the Vikings, coming off a bye in Week 5 and facing a banged-up Chicago defense. Excellent zone blocking up front and great vision, balance and instincts by rookie RB Adrian Peterson controlled the tempo of the game. Minnesota’s base 4-3 defense stuffed the Bears’ running game and forced Bears’ QB Brian Griese to put the ball in the air 45 times. Ryan Longwell kicked the game-winning field goal, but it was the Vikings’ play in the trenches that decided this game.
-- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.6||6.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||01:56||Devin Hester 89 Yd Punt Return (Robbie Gould Kick)||0||7|
|TD||00:00||Troy Williamson 60 Yd Pass From Tarvaris Jackson (Ryan Longwell Kick)||7||7|
|TD||11:45||Bernard Berrian 39 Yd Pass From Brian Griese (Robbie Gould Kick)||7||14|
|TD||02:19||Adrian Peterson 67 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||14||14|
|TD||02:31||Adrian Peterson 73 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||21||14|
|FG||11:31||Ryan Longwell 48 Yd||24||14|
|FG||08:37||Robbie Gould 32 Yd||24||17|
|TD||04:10||Adrian Peterson 35 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||31||17|
|TD||02:36||Muhsin Muhammad 33 Yd Pass From Brian Griese (Robbie Gould Kick)||31||24|
|TD||01:38||Devin Hester 81 Yd Pass From Brian Griese (Robbie Gould Kick)||31||31|
|FG||00:00||Ryan Longwell 55 Yd||34||31|