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Week 13: It’s Bear in the Cupboards for the Purple People Eaters

 The Vikings are set to tangle with the division rival Chicago Bears this weekend at the Metrodome. It’s a game that usually has me buzzing all week most seasons… not so much this year.

 The Vikings match up pretty well with the Bears this time around and actually have a solid chance to win this game. Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are coming off a combined season high 239 yards rushing on 40 carries last week at Lambeau Field and you can expect to see more of the same again this week.

The Bears are giving up 4.9 yards per carry and currently ranked 32nd in the NFL in rushing defense allowing 145.2 yards per game. Last week the Bears’ defense let the Rams run the ball 29 times for 258 yards. That’s a whopping 8.9 yards per carry! Ouch.

 So, why am I not trash and smack talking to all the Bears fans I work with? I guess because maybe it’s a meaningless game. Or, maybe I’ve just thrown in the towel on this disheartening season? In any case, my psychologist told me that I just need to forget about wins and losses, draft positions, coaching fixes, injuries and arrests… and just focus on enjoying a good football game.

The last Vikings game I really got fired up to enjoy was way back in week two. I was seated one row from the top at Soldier Field during a rainy contest that unfortunately saw the Vikings fall short to the Bears in the final seconds of an exciting 30-31 ballgame. Yes, I know first hand that when these two teams get together it will usually result in an entertaining affair.

I’m counting on another engaging contest between the Vikings and the Bears this Sunday. A week 13 win just seems fitting. Wins have been few and far between lately… so why not enjoy this one? Punching the Bears in the mouth would be the highlight of the year for me.  Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Metrodome really rocking one last time? And, I think the Vikings can win one more game and still land a quality, gritty, big-armed senior QB like Fresno State’s Derek Carr or LSU’s Zach Mettenberger come draft time.

 Go Vikings! My pulse still beats for the purple.


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Carl Knowles

Carl Knowles (Contributor) is a former member of the Professional Bowler Association and an avid lifelong Vikings fan. When he is not bowling you can find him on websites and forum pages sharing his creative insight and enthusiasm for the Minnesota Vikings any chance he gets. Carl was a Phoenix Institute of Technology and Purdue University standout who currently enjoys the challenge of being a graphic director in the printing business. You can follow him on twitter @carlknowles_vt.

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  1. I’m not sure what your talking about seeing another big day running? The Bears run defense has been awful and our running game would destroy them so of course musky and Leslie will pass all game.

    1. Skol- my bad. I forgot to factor in how the Musgraveyard game planning could alter the outcome of the game.

  2. No doubt, they will find a way to screw it up.
    When watching a Viking game, I want a victory. Don’t care about draft position or stats or much else. I can see why some think losing would be better at this point…but I still want the win. A WIN…not a loss or a TIE!
    A tie…still hate that. Play the game til somebody wins, that’s one thing baseball got right. No ties!!!
    I hope we run the table and go 7-8-1….Hahahahahahaha! Oh boy…

    1. I want us to lose and get a better pick, but like you once the game starts all I want is a win.

  3. Oh yeah, good article Carl. Would love to punch da Bears in the mouth. Like Carr too…

  4. of course, they removed the vikings game here from regular tv, second week in a row

    sure am glad the phackers got trounced

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