Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder

Bears Week 2: The Enemy and the Eye Candy

VIKINGS ENEMY 

As we head into to week two of the NFL regular season, viagra sale I have some good news and some bad news for Bears fans. Let’s start with the bad: this week’s enemy is without a doubt, running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Why? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, or you just refuse to acknowledge his presence (totally understandable but equally illogical) then you know why he’ll be a threat at Soldier Field on Sunday.

  • In his 2012 comeback season, Peterson ran for 2,097 yards, averaging 6 yards per carry, and scored 12 touchdowns.  It would be inaccurate to say that his return from an ACL injury was anything less than remarkable.
  • Coming into this Fantasy Football season, Peterson held the top draft spot across the board. Whoever got the first pick of their draft was expected to take AP, no questions asked. I was one of those people. Peterson got me 28 points last week and I was definitely a happy camper.
  • The running back’s game one performance demonstrated why he held the number one overall Fantasy draft pick. Peterson rushed for 93 yards and tallied three touchdowns in Minnesota’s 34-24 loss at Detroit last Sunday.

Adrian Peterson

I understand if you’re feeling a little nervous after all that but hold on, I promised some good news, so here we go.

  • Let’s start with a little Bears-Vikings history. At Soldier Field, the Bears have beat the Vikings in their last five meetings. Chicago has also forced 31 turnovers in their last 12 home games against Minnesota, with 14 of those coming in those last five w’s. If that trend can continue, it’ll be much more likely for the Bears to pull out a win on Sunday. And it’s not looking good for the Vikings, in their season opener against Detroit the offense turned the ball over four times. Turnovers mean Minnesota’s back on D and Peterson, their lean, mean rushing-machine, is sidelined.
  • Aside from Peterson’s touchdown runs last Sunday, he was held to 11 yards on 16 carries by the Lions. That is awesome news. Also, in Chicago’s first game against the Bengals, the D only gave up 63 yards on the ground. If they can keep that up and control Peterson, seemingly Minnesotas only weapon, a 2-0 start to 2013 could be the result.
  • Bears Head Coach Mark Trestman said that fans can expect game plans changing week to week based on opponents and you better believe that he and Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker, are planning for Peterson to come out and perform in a big way.

VIKINGS EYE CANDY

This week’s eye candy goes to Vikings QB Christian Ponder. I hate to do this to you ladies, since he is already married to the beautiful Samantha Steele Ponder, an ESPN broadcaster, but I just couldn’t pass up the 6’2″, 230 lb. quarterback.

Christian and Sam Ponder

That’s not to say there wasn’t some stiff competition. Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, both Vikings safeties, caught my eye as well (see below). Ponder looks good but he didn’t do so hot in last week’s game. He went 18-for-28 for 236 yards but threw three interceptions. Game 2 between the Bears and Vikings kicks off at noon on Sunday, tune in to see if he’ll do that again this week (let’s hope he does)!

Andrew Sendejo

Harrison Smith

About the author: Lara Khalaf is a loud and proud ginger hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign and is now pursuing her dream career in Chicago. Her love for Chicago sports, namely the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs comes from her grandfather. She’s the last person you want to get into a Bears vs. Packers debate with. As a cheerleader, she was actually benched for excessive celebration. When she isn’t watching her teams, you can find her drooling over the latest Bachelor or the food on Top Chef. You can follow her at @larakhalaf.

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