Black and Blue all over: Obscure but noteworthy
Here's an interesting note that only the people at the Elias Sports Bureau could come up with.
Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson has scored at least two touchdowns in each of his first three games against Chicago, one of 19 players in NFL history to accomplish that feat against one team. Only one player, however, has scored 2-plus touchdowns in four consecutive games against one team.
That would be former Houston/Tennessee tailback Eddie George, who did it against the Cleveland Browns. Consider it one more subplot heading into Sunday night's matchup between the Vikings and Bears.
Continuing around the NFC North on a Saturday morning:
- The Vikings are gearing up to stop Chicago's double tight-ends package of Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. In the teams' first game this season, Clark and Olsen combined for nine receptions and 133 yards.
- In his weekly diary in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen revealed he got sick on Thanksgiving Day.
- The Bears have a clear special-teams mismatch over the Vikings, but they acknowledge it will be difficult to match their two-touchdown output of the teams' first game. Nick Hut of the Northwest Herald has details.
- Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs on Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte: "He is a veteran quarterback and I see him just doing what the system is asking him to do. Nothing special." David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune looks at Frerotte's season.
- Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines Green Bay's ill-fated decision to replace punter Jon Ryan with Derrick Frost. Ryan is now thriving in Seattle, while Frost is struggling.
- A week after getting dominated by New Orleans' passing offense, the Packers are preparing for Carolina's power running game. Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette looks at the issues involved.
- Detroit's best chance at a win this season is next Sunday against Minnesota, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.