Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is doing a good job spreading the wealth among Vikings receivers. When he’s able to mix up his targets, it usually translates to a successful day.
— Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson insists last weekend’s illness was from shrimp, not dip. The rumors about dip were started from a joke by offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Peterson said..
— Coach Mike Zimmer took time to honor recently retired Gophers football coach Jerry Kill on Wednesday, saying “He’s an awful good football coach,” and former Gophers standout Isaac Fruechte called Kill one of the “strongest human beings” he knows.
— The Vikings are looking to end a long losing streak in Chicago, but a rested Bears team is standing in their way.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Chicago must protect quarterback Jay Cutler if it hopes to continue winning ways at home against the Vikings. The Vikings are tied for the third-most knockdowns in the NFL through six games.
— The Bears defensive line depth will be tested without Jeremiah Ratliff and Ego Ferguson.
— Chicago’s players are disappointed by Ratliff’s departure. Willie Young felt like he lost his big brother, Martellus Bennett lost a good friend.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Coordinators George Edwards, Mike Priefer and Norv Turner are set to be on the podium at 11 a.m. Then the Vikings practice at 1 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Chicago has a new coaching staff and a new approach this season. This change creates a challenge for the Vikings’ preparation, but what coach Mike Zimmer has noticed about the Bears this season is that they “Do do a lot of unique things. … There are a lot of opened up formations and they’ve got some three tight end formations, they’ve got some zone read stuff that they do, some of the route combinations are a little bit unique. … It’s completely different, 100 percent different [compared to last season] everywhere, really — offense, defense and special teams.”