PFF Preview: Vikings @ Bears, Week 11

The Vikings and Bears, two NFC North teams desperate for a win to keep slim playoff hopes alive, square off on Sunday in Chicago. Robert Habib has the preview.

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PFF Preview: Vikings @ Bears, Week 11

2014-Prev-WK11-MIN@CHIThe (4-5) Minnesota Vikings head to Soldier Field on Sunday to play the (3-6) Chicago Bears. The Vikings beat Washington at home before their Week 10 bye week. The Bears were demolished 55-14 by the Packers at Lambeau Field last week and will be looking for their first win at home all season.

A fun matchup to keep an eye on here will happen in the trenches. Second-year Bears guard Kyle Long and second year Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd should see plenty of each other on Sunday. Long is currently our seventh-ranked guard in pass blocking with a +4.8 grade and he ranks fifth in Pass Blocking Efficiency at 98.0, having not allowed a sack all season. Floyd’s recent hot streak has vaulted him up to the 11th-highest-overall grade among defensive tackles at +10.9 and his Pass Rushing Productivity rating of 6.8 ranks 13th. Floyd has 10 of his 18 total pressures during the last three games.

Here are a few other players to watch:

Minnesota Vikings

Rhett Ellison – If the Vikings have success running the ball on the edges, Ellison could be a big reason why as his +5.8 run blocking grade ranks fourth out of all tight ends.

Anthony Barr – The rookie is already our fourth-highest-graded 4-3 outside linebacker at +10.2 and his Pass Rush Productivity rating of 13.6 ranks ninth.

Everson Griffen – His +7.4 overall grade includes positive grades against both run and pas, and his 10.4 Pass Rush Productivity rating ranks 10th.

Chicago Bears

Martellus Bennett – Our eighth-ranked tight end with a +9.7 overall grade is ranked seventh in Yards Per Route Run at 1.85.

Lance Briggs – Despite missing time, Briggs still ranks sixth out of all 4-3 outside linebackers with a +5.5 grade against the run.

Jay Ratliff – Ratliff is the only Bears defender to be in the green (better than +1.0) in pass rushing and against the run, and his overall grade of +9.8 ranks 13th among all defensive tackles.

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  • Jason Williams

    Boy if the Bears don’t win this game, fans are going to tear down Halas Hall brink by brick on Monday.

    The thing is as a fan, with this season pretty clearly lost, I kind of wish they would just phone it in the rest of the way and get a top 5 pick but this team never seems to do that. This team always “scraps” together enough wins to be just out of the playoffs but not one of the league’s worst records. And I’m tired of being a fan of that team.