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Bears run D sliding while Peterson’s game improving

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Not only is Adrian Peterson healthy, but he’s hitting his stride.

But while the Vikings running back’s numbers are moving in the right direction, the Bears’ run defense has looked vulnerable lately, heading into Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

‘‘We’re just in a slump,’’ cornerback Charles Tillman said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘It just happens like that sometimes. Guys are trying.’’

Maybe so, but the numbers show they’re not getting much for their efforts.

The Bears entered the bye week second in the league in run defense, allowing 65.8 yards per game. They’ve since slipped to eighth, after giving up 131.5 yards per game on the ground in their last four.

Granted, they’ve played from behind, against good backs, and the numbers are inflated by some garbage-time runs, but the problem is clear.

Meanwhile, Peterson leads the league with 1,128 yards, his torn ACL seemingly decades ago. Unlike the Bears, he’s trending up, with 157.2 yards per game over his last four.

“I think everything can be vulnerable, especially against a team where it’s no surprise that we’re going to run the ball and we’re going to try to establish the run game,” Peterson said. “‘They haven’t faced a run game like us this year, I don’t think. So we’re excited about the challenge, and I’m sure they are, too.”

Given that Peterson’s the one thing the Vikings do well offensively, the challenge for the Bears is clear. Stopping him is another problem altogether.

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18 Responses to “Bears run D sliding while Peterson’s game improving”
  1. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 24, 2012 12:05 PM

    Shouldn’t the title be “bears run d showing its true colors against teams that can run the ball, which doesn’t bode well since the only person on the Vikings that isn’t terrible or out with fake injuries is a running back?

  2. beefbus says: Nov 24, 2012 12:17 PM

    “They haven’t faced a run game like us this year, I don’t think.”

    Yes, yes they have. Just last week against the #1 running team in the league.

  3. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 24, 2012 12:18 PM

    Urlacher is getting old. If you ever watch a game, RB’s rarely get to the outside (Briggs & Peppers) but have a field day up the middle. Urlacher is almost always getting blocked.

  4. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 24, 2012 12:34 PM

    Adrian Peterson is a beast. That is all.

  5. packerbackernj says: Nov 24, 2012 12:56 PM

    Remember when they use to debate who was better, AP or CJ? Lol. AP is the best back ive seen in a long time. Total package at rb. In the 90s the nfc north had the 3 best offensive players in sanders, favre, and moss. They have the 3 best again in AP, rodgers, and CJ

  6. oldguardof60s says: Nov 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    Game of the week IMHO. Northern Division Collision. Irresistible force vs. immovable object.

  7. doug1grohlin says: Nov 24, 2012 1:20 PM

    Bears usually play Peterson well, I don’t see this being any different.

  8. purpleguy says: Nov 24, 2012 1:54 PM

    I don’t think AP has done much at Soldier Field since his rookie year, and now the Bears won’t have Percy to worry about, so lets not set our expectations too high here.

  9. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 24, 2012 2:06 PM

    Urlacher keeps missing tackles is one of the biggest problems.

  10. notoriousbri says: Nov 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    doug1grohlin says:

    Nov 24, 2012 1:20 PM
    Bears usually play Peterson well, I don’t see this being any different.

    @doug1grohlin

    really? so in 8 career games he averages over 100 a game and i.5 touchdowns rushing per game and thats the bears defense playing well against AP? this includes his games playing hurt and when the offense abandonded the run altogether as well as his first every beast game of 224 yds. him and hester put on a show that week.

  11. blackfootkiller says: Nov 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    And the week following the Bearly’s get to deal with the number 2 back in the league… Marshawn Lynch…
    Me thinks they will be exposed for being old and slow…
    The Bears defense is past it’s prime…

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 24, 2012 3:07 PM

    notoriousbri says:
    Nov 24, 2012 2:22 PM
    doug1grohlin says:

    Nov 24, 2012 1:20 PM
    Bears usually play Peterson well, I don’t see this being any different.

    @doug1grohlin

    really? so in 8 career games he averages over 100 a game and i.5 touchdowns rushing per game and thats the bears defense playing well against AP? this includes his games playing hurt and when the offense abandonded the run altogether as well as his first every beast game of 224 yds. him and hester put on a show that week.

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    His last 100 yard game against the Bears was in 2008. So yea they “usually” play Peterson well.

  13. notoriousbri says: Nov 24, 2012 3:38 PM

    @blackandbluedivision
    “usually” no… RECENTLY…yes.. again.. including injury games yes. he has only had 4 games against them since that 100 yd game.. so his career avg against the bears is still over 100.. so recently they have played him very well.

    but usually is not correct term to describe the bears numbers against AP

  14. vikingsgohard says: Nov 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    “They haven’t faced a run game like us this year, I don’t think.”

    Yes, yes they have. Just last week against the #1 running team in the league.
    ——————
    They Maybe #1 in The league … But not the #1 RB in the league ?…anyway the bears usually play AP good I can only remember one game he really ran wild on them an I think that was his rookie year like 200 yards since then he’s been largely. Held in check

  15. sprtsfan1 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:50 PM

    I love when people start calling the Bears D old and slow.

  16. dino2997 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    Love the trash talk from the Vikings fans. Look Peterson may or may not run well but where’s the passing attack to take the pressure of him? I mean why would the Bears defense be afraid of Ponder to ???

  17. axespray says: Nov 24, 2012 9:20 PM

    chris johnson sucks

  18. pappavike says: Nov 24, 2012 9:31 PM

    Why would they be afraid of ponder? Because be can run pretty well too!! The Bears may win? But it will be a good game!! Hope the Bears do take ponder lightly!!

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