20 Brief & Essential Facts: Vikings-Bears

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Dec 29, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) makes a catch over Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (38) during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports.

Each week, VikingsTerritory details 20 statistical or interesting facts about the upcoming Minnesota Vikings game. This week’s edition involves the Chicago Bears, who are 7.5-point underdogs facing the Vikings in Week 5.

The game is on October 9th, 2022, at noon CST at U.S. Bank Stadium.

These are the 20 random facts to know about Vikings-Bears:

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Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) catches a pass in the fourth quarter against Chicago Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

1. Justin Fields has never started a football game at any level in the city of Minneapolis. Sunday will be his maiden voyage.

2. Chicago ranks 30th in points scored and 31st in yards gained. The offense is not explosive or anything close to it.

3. The Bears run the football more than any team in the NFL through Week 4. The Vikings rank 23rd in rushing yards allowed.

4. Sunday’s game marks the first time the Bears have played football in Minneapolis before the month of November since 2006. The teams tend to meet in the North Star State near the end of the season. But not this time.

5. Chicago, through four games, has one of the most anemic passing attacks of the last decade-plus:

6. The Vikings are 3-1 to start the season after playing who were considered three Top 5 defenses in the NFL when the season began.

7. Minnesota’s next five games are at noon CST.

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Nov 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago Bears defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports.

8. Justin Jefferson is on pace for 1,670 receiving yards.

9. When Sunday’s game kicks off, Adam Thielen will have played the same amount of games for the Vikings as Adrian Peterson (123).

10. Kevin O’Connell is the first Vikings head coach to start 3-1 (or better) through four games of his first season since Dennis Green in 1992.

11. At 95 yards worth through four games, the Vikings are NFL’s least-penalized team. The 95 yards are also the lowest in franchise history through the first four games of a season — the least in 62 years.

12. The Vikings haven’t been called for offensive holding, defensive pass interference, facemask, unnecessary roughness, or roughing the passer yet in 2022.

13. Minnesota has scored six total points in the 3rd Quarter of games in 2022. They go to bed in the 3rd Quarter and wake up in the 4th.

14. According to Stathead, Danielle Hunter has 4 QB Pressures through four games of 2022, which ranks 89th in the NFL.

15. Minnesota pass-catchers have 8 dropped passes in 2022, the fourth-most in the NFL through October 5th.

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Roquan Smith. © Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports.

16. Chicago has nine former Vikings players affiliated with its current roster: Khari Blasingame, Dakota Dozier, DeMarquis Gates, Harrison Hand, Jalyn Holmes, Riley Reiff, Trevor Siemian, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, and Armon Watts.

17. Since 2000, the Vikings have faced 16 different Bears starting QBs. And they’re 21-23 (.477) against them all.

18. The Vikings best player through four weeks, according to Pro Football Focus, is defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson (80.5 PFF grade).

19. Compared to previous seasons, the Vikings pass rush just isn’t there yet:

20. The Vikings have started 4-1 in eight seasons throughout franchise history. They reached the postseason in all eight years. Of course, they started 6-0 in 2003 and collapsed. And 2016’s 5-0 start was also squandered. But 4-1 is a good omen historically. We shall see if they win Sunday.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).