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Coach's big decision: Focus on Peterson

The Chicago Bears haven’t held a team to fewer than 100 yards rushing since Oct. 22, and if they plan on beating the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, they’ve got to devote everything to shutting down Adrian Peterson, who is coming off a 210-yard effort.

Peterson has rushed for 947 yards and six touchdowns in his last six outings, and with Percy Harvin recently going on the injured reserve, the running back is Minnesota’s only legitimate threat on offense. Playing without middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Bears need to utilize more run-stopping defenses, and provide more safety help in the box.

Although Christian Ponder is 4-1 at home this season, it’s highly unlikely he’ll beat the Bears through the air; even with Bears starting cornerback Tim Jennings out because of a shoulder injury. Ponder’s average throw travels a league-low 6.2 yards down the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information, and the last time the teams played, he was 0 of 8 with an interception on throws of 10 yards or more down the field.

That’s not going to beat you. Peterson will.