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Bears-Vikings Preview

The Bears will try to contain Adrian Peterson Sunday when the Vikings invade Soldier Field.
Lake Forest-When teams face the Vikings goals number one, two and three are to stop Adrian Peterson from going wild.

"He’s exactly what you see," says Bears coach Marc Trestman. "Every time he touches the ball he feels like it’s the last time he may ever touch a football again, and you see that a lot. He’s already a great player and was a great player, and then you come off the kind of injury he did to come back you have a lot of time to think."

Peterson broke off that 78 yard run against the Lions last Sunday, and he scored three touchdowns.  Last year against the Bears he rushed for 104 yards in a single quarter. 

"I think he’s in a league of his own," says Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. "He’s a guy who makes you play team football. You can’t just have one guy tackle him. We want to have a population tackle."

The good news is the Vikings passing game isn’t going to scare anyone.  Christian Ponder threw three picks last week.  But Trestman says the Bears have to respect him.

"The thing I know about him is he took his team to the playoffs last year, so he’s been involved in winning situations," says Trestman. "We all know what happened last week."

The guy on the Vikings defense who concerns the Bears the most is defensive end Jared Allen. Even at his age he’s still considered one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL.

"The first thing we ask ourselves is who are the difference-makers on that side of the ball, and what do we have to do to stop them?  It’s no secret he’s one of them," says Trestman.

And Trestman says the fact that the Vikings lost last Sunday could make them hungrier this week.

"You know adversity does something to teams in the NFL. They’re gonna come in with a sense of urgency.



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