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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 2
September 10, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
BUF at JAX MIA at NYJ WAS at ATL SEA at ARZ *CHI at MIN
CLE at BAL *PIT at KC Sun 4 PM *DEN at SD Mon 9 PM
*DET at GB SF at STL CAR at TB NE at PHI DAL at NYG
*HOU at NO *TEN at IND *CIN at OAK Times EST *updated
   
Chicago vs Minnesota Sun, Sep 14; 8:30 PM on ESPN at Metrodome
  Chicago Rush Catch Pass
QB Kordell Stewart 30 0 160,1
RB Anthony Thomas 40 0 0
RB Adrian Peterson 20 10 0
TE Desmond Clark 0 30 0
WR Marty Booker 0 50,1 0
WR Dez White 0 20 0
WR David Terrell 0 50 0
  Minnesota Rush Catch Pass
QB Daunte Culpepper 30,1 0 230,2
RB Doug Chapman 30 10 0
RB Moe Williams 80,1 10 0
TE J. Kleinsasser 0 20 0
WR Randy Moss 0 110,2 0
WR D'Wayne Bates 0 60 0


Game Prediction: CHI 10, MIN 31

Update: The Bears are going to give David Terrell a more prominent role this week to see if he can wrestle away the #2 job from Dez White. This was made possible thanks to the eight passes that White received last week in which he only caught one of them. Terrell has the physical ability to excel which is why he was the first receiver taken in the 2001 draft but so far has been an attitude problem. Last chance, Terrell - make it count.

All the fears that the Bears were going to be bad this year proved unfounded - they are actually much worse than that.

Against the 49ers, Chicago witnessed their thin offensive line getting even harder hit with the injury to RG Chris Villarrial that will keep him out a month or more with a sprained MCL. Chicago is only one week into the season and look to have their backs already against the wall and the wall isn't proving to be all that firm either.

Kordell Stewart's first game as a Bear resulted in 39 pass plays. With this he managed to be sacked five times, throw 17 incompletions, three interceptions and connect on only 14 throws for a total of 95 yards. There was one touchdown to Desmond Clark as the lone bright spot to the game. Stewart cannot be blamed for the fiasco, certainly not completely as the line never gave him the time to make bad throws on his own.

The rushing game was nonexistent. True to prediction, Anthony Thomas (6-15) and Adrian Peterson (5-12) shared carries but no one noticed other than the front four for San Francisco. Kordell led all rushers with 21 yards on six "help me! Please God someone help me!" runs.

Marty Booker led the receivers with six catches for 48 yards and while Stewart tried repeatedly to hit Dez White, he was only successful three times for 28 yards.

The surprise in all of this is that the Bear's have basically returned the same bad team from last year with little visible improvement thanks to a curse that their offensive line has contracted.

The Vikings come off a dominating performance over the Packers at Green Bay thanks in no small part to the Packers losing their starting receivers in the game. Daunte Culpepper threw three touchdowns and ended with 195 yards passing and 50 yards rushing. More importantly, he threw no interceptions and got rid of the ball when things got bad instead of forcing a play like last season.

Randy Moss (9-150, 1 TD) led receivers and proved the Randy ratio is something better done than talked about like last year. D'Wayne Bates had one score but caught only two passes for 15 yards.

Moe Williams took the rushing lead and ran for 80 yards on 22 carries while Doug Chapman was able to play but only had four carries for nine yards. Onterrio Smith was not used in Green Bay as the Vikings opted to go with the veterans in an opening game that historically was a tough match and one that mistakes and fumbles could doom.

While the Viking offense impressed, the defense turned in four interceptions of Favre and actually kept Green Bay out of the endzone until the latter part of the third quarter. With Culpepper not making mistakes, the defense showing good improvement from last season and the absence of Michael Bennett seemingly filled for now, the Vikings are looking like a definite contender in an NFC North division that looks weaker otherwise.

Back inside the Metrodome, it is likely that the week one outcomes will continue. The Bears stumble in with no apparent rushing or passing game, nor the ability to stop an opponent should they decide not to run straight at Brian Urlacher. Look for the Viking's to replay their week one win with even less points given up.

CHI
MIN
2003 Averages
MIN
CHI
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
95
248
Pass yards
195
229
1
1
Pass TDs
3
2
3
4
Interceptions
50
1
21
0
Rush yards
0
36
0
0
Rush TDs
0
1
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---
RB's
---
---
33
61
Rush yards
89
127
0
2
Rush TDs
0
1
4
62
Receive yards
19
61
0
0
Receive TD's
1
1
---
---
WR's
---
---
82
164
Receive yards
173
168
0
1
Receive TD's
2
2
---
---
TE's
---
---
9
22
Receive yards
3
0
1
0
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
PK's
---
---
0
1
Field Goals
3
5
1
3
Extra Points
3
5
---
---
DEF/ST
---
---
1
3
Fumbles
1
2
1
0
Interceptions
4
3
0
0
Touchdowns
0
1
0
2
Sacks
1
5
0
0
Safeties
0
0
Bears (0-1)
Score Opp.
7-49 @SF
Week 2 @MIN
Week 3 BYE
Week 4 GB
Week 5 OAK
Week 6 @NO
Week 7 @SEA
Week 8 DET
Week 9 SD
Week 10 @DET
Week 11 STL
Week 12 @DEN
Week 13 ARZ
Week 14 @GB
Week 15 MIN
Week 16 WAS
Week 17 @KC
Vikings (1-0)
Score Opp.
30-25 @GB
Week 2 CHI
Week 3 @DET
Week 4 SF
Week 5 @ATL
Week 6 BYE
Week 7 DEN
Week 8 NYG
Week 9 GB
Week 10 @SD
Week 11 @OAK
Week 12 DET
Week 13 @STL
Week 14 SEA
Week 15 @CHI
Week 16 KC
Week 17 @ARZ
(Statistics are game averages from current season )