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10 Vikings-Bears Numbers of Note: Vikings Defense Leads NFL in 3rd-Down Percentage

Posted Oct 4, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings continue a stretch of NFC North games Monday night when they travel to Chicago to face the Bears.

Minnesota is 2-2 after it lost to Detroit this past Sunday. Chicago is 1-3 after falling to Green Bay last Thursday night.

The Vikings and Bears split the season series in 2016.

Here’s a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the matchup:

11 — Number of third-down conversions, in 43 attempts, allowed by the Vikings defense through four games; Minnesota ranks first in the NFL with a 25.6 third-down percentage. Chicago’s defense is 30th at 47.1 percent (allowed 24 conversions of 51 third downs).

35 — Number of carries this season by Vikings players other than running back Dalvin Cook, who has 74 rushing attempts; Cook is out for the season with a torn ACL. Latavius Murray has the next-highest total with 14 carries.

391 — Number of receiving yards for Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, which leads the NFL; Wide receiver Adam Thielen is third with 358 yards. Chicago’s top three wide receivers have 393 combined receiving yards.

5 — Rank of Minnesota’s offense in third down percentage; The Vikings have converted 24 of 52 attempts (46.2 percent). The Bears offense ranks 12th at 41.2 percent (21 of 51).

0 — Number of career starts for Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky; The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is scheduled to make his professional debut Monday night against the Vikings.

2 — Number of wins for the Vikings at Soldier Field in the past 15 seasons;  Minnesota’s win percentage in Chicago over the past 15 years is lower than at Detroit or at Green Bay.

71.3 — Number of rushing yards per game allowed by the Vikings defense; which ranks third in the NFL; The Bears rank sixth in that category by allowing 85.5 rushing yards per game.

 60 — Number of total games the Vikings have played on Monday Night Football in franchise history; Minnesota is 28-32 in the prime-time spotlight.

16 — Number of times the Vikings have beaten the Bears twice in a season since 1961; Chicago has swept the season series a dozen times against Minnesota.

5 — Number of sacks allowed by the Vikings offensive line in 2017, the third-fewest total in the NFL; Chicago has allowed 8.0 sacks through four games in 2017.