The job of containing Adrian Peterson is an obvious exercise in population control (as in “population tackling” to control the game’s best player).
Two Pro Bowl linemen — tackle Henry Melton, end Julius Peppers — and all but one member of the Bears defensive line were unable to seriously threaten Cincinnati Bengals quarter
The Minnesota Vikings came out of their loss to the Detroit Lions second in the NFL in turnovers, with their four behind only the New York Giants’ six vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
Concerns about the age of Bears Pro Bowlers on defense is rendered moot if they aren’t on the field a lot.
Taking down the Cincinnati Bengals got the Bears off to a fast start while Green Bay was falling in San Francisco and Minnesota in Detroit.