Bears-Vikings: Has the Magic Finally Returned for Minnesota?

Nov 10, 2010 Full story: BleacherReport 12

The Vikings seemed to have a little bit of their 2009 magic sprinkled on them last week in their incredible come-from-behind victory against Arizona.

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“Time to look to next year!”

Since: Jan 07

Detroit Lakes, MN

#1 Nov 10, 2010
Even if they beat the Bears it doesn't mean they are back. They have to beat the Pack the following week for me to believe they have a chance to salvage the season.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#2 Nov 10, 2010
Prognosis is poor, I concur, but they are not dead yet.

Bears is a must win.

After that 4 of 5 are at home.

GB still has tuff games left as do the Bears.

BTW, GB is a must win as well IMO.

Since: Nov 07

Schenectady, NY

#3 Nov 11, 2010
erie-vike fan wrote:
Prognosis is poor, I concur, but they are not dead yet.
Bears is a must win.
After that 4 of 5 are at home.
GB still has tuff games left as do the Bears.
BTW, GB is a must win as well IMO.
Erie ..do you really think this is more of a must win for the Bears? They are 5-3 and the vikes are 3-5. Even if the Bears were to lose they would still be ahead of the vikes.

However if your vikes lose , they fall to 3-6 and will have 2 division losses. They might have to win the rest of their games to have a shot at the playoffs.

The vikes schedule does get a little easier but there will be 3 divisional games and a game against the Giants. I really think this is a must win game for your vikings.

Since: Nov 07

Schenectady, NY

#4 Nov 11, 2010
Having said thatI think it should be an interesting game. If the Minnesota pass rush can come back to life they could overmatch the Bears offensive line. A lot of that has to do with Martz and Cutler though...If he goes with the shorter pass plays like he did last week the pass rush shouldnt be a big factor. If there is pressure than Cutler has to run for yardage. When he does have time he needs to exploit that secondary.

Although there seems to be a few cracks in the Williams wall this year I dont really expect the Bears to be able to exploit that. They still need to try to keep them honest but I would be surprised if they had a lot of success running the ball.

On offense I think its going to be AP vs. the Bears run defense. If he can have success running the ball it will open up the passing game. Also I have a feeling Harvin will also come up big if they run the ball with success. On passing downs the Bears need to get to favre.

If the vikes can run the ball effectively I think they'll win. If they can't I suspect favre will throw an INT late and the Bears win a close game.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#5 Nov 12, 2010
No_More_Rexcuses wrote:
<quoted text>Erie ..do you really think this is more of a must win for the Bears? They are 5-3 and the vikes are 3-5. Even if the Bears were to lose they would still be ahead of the vikes.
However if your vikes lose , they fall to 3-6 and will have 2 division losses. They might have to win the rest of their games to have a shot at the playoffs.
The vikes schedule does get a little easier but there will be 3 divisional games and a game against the Giants. I really think this is a must win game for your vikings.
I guess this means our tiff is over, OK fine by me!!

I consider a season in which the vikes make the post-season a success so yes, the next two games, you and GB, for the Vikes are must wins if they hope to advance to post-op.

I think this game for you guys is very critical as well though. A win and you basically end our season and keep stride with GB, A LOSS AND YOU MAKE IT A 3 WAY!! And not the good/fun three way most of us guys like, lol.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#6 Nov 12, 2010
Also Rex both teams are struggling finding their identities, consensus has it that the Vikes are a better team on paper than their record indicates and that the Bears are overachieving, I think this game will say a lot as to which team really wants to advance past the regular season.
Harry

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Nov 12, 2010
erie-vike fan wrote:
Also Rex both teams are struggling finding their identities, consensus has it that the Vikes are a better team on paper than their record indicates and that the Bears are overachieving, I think this game will say a lot as to which team really wants to advance past the regular season.
Agreed. Bears and Vikes are both......eeeeeech.

BTW, away game.......45 degrees and maybe showers.

Petersen is the edge.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#8 Nov 12, 2010
Harry wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed. Bears and Vikes are both......eeeeeech.
BTW, away game.......45 degrees and maybe showers.
Petersen is the edge.
Harry remember the game last year, I am sure you do but anyway it was similiar conditions, field was wet and AP looked like he was on a slip and slide until he changed cleats. He ran BETTER THEN BUT by then it was too late to establish a ground game, Vikes were down and Fvre went to the air. I was surprised it took so long for him to change spikes. I believe it was the second half. Hope he doesn't have that prob again.

Since: Nov 07

Schenectady, NY

#9 Nov 12, 2010
erie-vike fan wrote:
Also Rex both teams are struggling finding their identities, consensus has it that the Vikes are a better team on paper than their record indicates and that the Bears are overachieving, I think this game will say a lot as to which team really wants to advance past the regular season.
No doubt the vikings are the better team on paper. I thought coming into the season they were one of the elite teams in the NFL. They can still get back to that level , but they sure put themselves in a hole.

I cant figure the Bears out..The only thing I know for sure is their defense seems pretty solid. If Cutler/Martz can figure out a way to put up a few points and not turn the damn ball over they'd be OK.

I really don't see any way the Bears would blow out the vikes this weekend. On the other hand the vikes could be ready to snap out of that funk they've been in. I just hope the Bears can keep it close and pull one out.

Either way the second half of the season should be pretty interesting.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#10 Nov 12, 2010
No_More_Rexcuses wrote:
<quoted text>No doubt the vikings are the better team on paper. I thought coming into the season they were one of the elite teams in the NFL. They can still get back to that level , but they sure put themselves in a hole.
I cant figure the Bears out..The only thing I know for sure is their defense seems pretty solid. If Cutler/Martz can figure out a way to put up a few points and not turn the damn ball over they'd be OK.
I really don't see any way the Bears would blow out the vikes this weekend. On the other hand the vikes could be ready to snap out of that funk they've been in. I just hope the Bears can keep it close and pull one out.
Either way the second half of the season should be pretty interesting.
There isn't a team in either Conference yet that one can say, "OK, this is clearly the team to beat this year."

The Ravens were number 1 on the power index before last night and prior to this game the consensus was the AFC has the superior teams. Not so, Packers beating the Jets, New England losing(even though it was to an AFC team), and NEW ORLANS beating the Steelers. No one team has come to the forefront of the league yet and made the statement the road to the SB runs through us. So yes I agree with you, it is gonna be an interesting "read" the rest of the way.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#11 Nov 14, 2010
No_More_Rexcuses wrote:
<quoted text>No doubt the vikings are the better team on paper. I thought coming into the season they were one of the elite teams in the NFL. They can still get back to that level , but they sure put themselves in a hole.
I cant figure the Bears out..The only thing I know for sure is their defense seems pretty solid. If Cutler/Martz can figure out a way to put up a few points and not turn the damn ball over they'd be OK.
I really don't see any way the Bears would blow out the vikes this weekend. On the other hand the vikes could be ready to snap out of that funk they've been in. I just hope the Bears can keep it close and pull one out.
Either way the second half of the season should be pretty interesting.
Well done........ represent our division well and kick some arse post season....2 teams Bears and Pack
erie-vike tard

United States

#12 Nov 14, 2010
Prognosis is poor, I concur, Vikes are dead.

Bears was a loss.

After that 4 of 5 are at home with atleast 3-4 more loses.

GB is tuff like the Bears.

BTW, Vikings suck.

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