Week 3: 2 Minute Drill with Chris Berman

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  1. sawemoff

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    Welcome to Week 3: 2 Minute Drill with your host Chris Berman. Today I bring you a historic rivalry from the NFC North the Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings. This week starts divisional play for both teams and I am sure TurboTrigga and Kidofcrash23 have their teams geared up for battle. One would think the Bears would have a handle on the series due to their historic history. Everyone knows about the 1985 Chicago Bears with that punishing defense and unstoppable running game lead by Walter Payton. They were the second team to post a 15-1 record and have been argued to be better than the 1972 Undefeated Miami Dolphins team. Of course when you think of the Bears Mike Ditka comes to mind. Mike Ditka being one of two coaches in NFL history to have won a Superbowl as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He is what Chicago is all about, rough around the edges, hard nosed, stubborn and gritty. The rich history could discussed for days but we will leave that for a later date. On the other hand Minnesota has one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL, is one of six teams who have won 15 games, and they rank third in playoff appearances. The Vikings came into the NFL in 1960 as an expansion team and turned heads immediately after upsetting, none other, the Chicago Bears 37-13. Frank Tarkenton was the face for the Vikings in the 60s and lead them to the upset but after that they struggled. Not until the 60s, early 70s did they get going. The best thing about both teams is their respected fight songs. Since this one will be played in Chicago you will hear "Bears Down" but don't be too surprised when Viking fans sing their Norwegian tune "Skol" at halftime and at the end of the game.​
    Now on to the rivalry. The series is in Minnesota's favor, 52-48-2. Like mentioned earlier the Hall of Famer Frank Tarkenton came off the bench to throw for four TDs and ran one in to get the teams first win. That would be one of five wins they would get against the Bears in the 60s. One of the most notable wins in the 60s was when K Mac Percival kicked a 47 yard game winning FG at Wrigley Field. In the 70s Minnesota took control of the series by winning 15 games, but they dominated everyone until playoff time. During the Mike Ditka era the Bears tried gaining ground in the 80s, winning 10. With the great teams Ditka had Minnesota got dominated year in and year out and was only able to come away with a 23-7 victory in 1986. Going into the 90s the Bears thought they could gain more ground but failed to do so. The Vikings tacked a few more by winning the series 13-9. Not until the 2000s is when the Bears started seeing more success against the Purple Eaters. They have the advantage since the new millenium, 14-10. Currently the streak is five in a row in the Bears favor. With this back and forth rivalry going it shall be a great chess match with both teams being heavy run oriented. ​
    Now the Swami went 2-4 last weeks and hopes to get back on the winning side of things with these picks. Enjoy!​
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