Posted September 12, 2013 on AP on Fox
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By GENE CHAMBERLAIN Associated Press The Chicago Bears find themselves worrying about improving their pass rush at a time when there could be a somewhat more pressing issue facing them: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. A week after they recorded only one sack and one hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bears' defensive linemen realize they have to find a way to pressure Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder on Sunday - even though Peterson is capable of breaking open a game the way he did in a 21-14 win in their previous matchup last December at the Metrodome. ''Up front, I didn't feel like we had the strongest game and it's something we've been striving for,'' defensive end Corey Wootton said. ''Me, personally, I need to get better rushes in there. ''I didn't feel like we affected (Dalton) enough as a whole, so it's something that we've been working on.'' The Bear...

Adrian Peterson frustrated by lack of success in Chicago

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson ran for over 100 yards in three of his first four NFL games before going to Chicago to face the Bears back in his rookie season. Peterson became the Adrian Peterson everyone knows now on that day. The game was his true coming-out-party in the NFL with 20 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 win at Chicago. Back then, he even...

Vikings at Bears: Four Bold Predictions For Sunday's Game

There were some great plays by cornerback Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings on defense and the offense managed to keep QB Jay Cutler off his back. But how does a team like the Chicago Bears come out with a new offense and a struggling defense hold RB Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings at bay?The Bears and the Vikings have had a long standing rivalry. But the signature moment...

NFC North Week 2: If only ice fishing was a prodigious sport

Last week I stated, despite being a Chicago Bears fan I was going to give my gut feeling on how the NFC North division was going to play out. It is my stringent aim to be as unbiased as possible. However, I open this week with a salty taste of piss and vinegar owing to all the Minnesota Viking fans that bashed my prognostications. Man, you are some bitter mother ice truckers up in...

Brian Urlacher is bitter Jay Cutler hasn’t called him

Brian Urlacher is upset that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hasn’t called him since he retired this past offseason. Urlacher sat down with Graham Bensinger who asked him if anyone has given him the cold shoulder since he left football. “I did not hear from Jay … out of all the guys I played with,” replied Urlacher. He was then asked why he’s so bitter. “I felt like I stood...

Vikings remain confident in Christian Ponder

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Four turnovers have placed the crosshairs directly on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder after Sunday's 34-24 season-opening loss at Detroit. Those sights aren't from coach Leslie Frazier. Frazier reinforced Ponder is the team's starting quarterback, telling the Chicago media Ponder's job is "not in jeopardy" during a...

Brian Hall's Sept. 12 Vikings mailbag

Losing in the season opener at Detroit has increased the vitriol from Minnesota Vikings fans. The targets of their criticisms lie mainly with the quarterback and offensive coordinator. Many of the questions in our weekly mailbag revolved around starting quarterback Christian Ponder and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. A few also pointed their anger at coach Leslie Frazier and...

“Population tackling” key to stopping AP

The Chicago Bears are putting a premium on “population tackling” this week against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, one of the most physical runners the game has ever seen.

Suspended for steroids, Tom Zbikowski should quit football and return to boxing

Likely due to juicing, the NFL on Tuesday suspended free agent safety Tom Zbikowski for four weeks. Taken out of Notre Dame by the Baltimore Ravens 86th overall in 2008, the 28-year-old Zbikowski was clipped by the Chicago Bears on August 25. Now employed by three organizations, the two-time member of the AP All-American third-team has only amassed 126 tackles, two sacks and three...

Ponder, Frazier go under the microscope

After a three-interception performance, there were few concrete answers about the quarterback play at Winter Park. Christian Ponder and Leslie Frazier admitted more consistency is needed, but Frazier put the entire team at fault for the loss.

Black, Blue, and Ornery: Leslie Frazier has “deep affection” for Antoine Winfield

Good morning, folks! Welcome to the Water Cooler Sports’ Black, Blue and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Thursday, September 12th, 2013. I, unfortunately for everyone, am in the midst of a pretty busy day today, so you may not get my normal longwinded analysis on all the links. Or maybe you […]The post Black, Blue, and Ornery: Leslie Frazier has “deep affection”...

Chicago Bears Overcome Cincinnati Bengals' Early Onslaught

The new-look Chicago Bears kicked off the 2013 season against the up and coming Cincinnati Bengals Sunday September 8th. As expected the Soldier Field faithful flocked to the recently renovated spaceship by the lake to excitedly usher in the Mark Trestman era. The rookie NFL head coach and his revamped defense seemingly had their hands full attempting to contain All-Pro wide out...

Vikings DT Williams working his way back

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams returned to practice Wednesday, with the Vikings hopeful he would play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Chicago Bears Podcast: Bear Report Radio Week 1 Wrap Up

We wrap up the week one victory over the Bengals and preview the week two showdown against the rival Minnesota Vikings.   

Vikings searching for running consistency

After Adrian Peterson’s first carry, it was a whole lot of negative for the Vikings running game. What went wrong, in which direction did they struggle most, and what did John Sullivan and Leslie Frazier think?
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.