1985 Bears Coverage: Walter Payton eyeing 14,000 rushing yards

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Every day of the 2015 Chicago Bears season, Chicago Sun-Times Sports will revisit its coverage 30 years ago during the 1985 Bears’ run to a Super Bowl title.

Kevin Lamb

Originally published Oct. 25, 1985

Considering the Bears’ fast start, Viking coach Bud Grant said, “We’re not conceding the NFC Central Division championship yet, but it looks like the rest of us are going to be fighting for a wild-cart

playoff spot.”

The 4-3 Vikings have won three games by a touchdown or less and lost twice by three points. “That’s better than last year, when they were losing by 30,” Grant said.

The Bears rank fifth in NFL sacks with 28, but that’s seven more than they had through seven games last year. They’re third in NFL interceptions with 16, five fewer than they had all last season.

Walter Payton is 157 yards short of 14,000 yards rushing. He has reached that figure in 15 games, including twice last year and twice against the Vikings. In 20 games, the Vikings have yielded more yards (1,986) and touchdowns (16) against Payton than any other team.

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