Goal to go

The Bears secondary held Randy Moss to just 4 receptions in their first match-up of the year, but can they repeat the feat.

Minnesota (8-5) at Bears (5-8)
Noon Sunday, FOX, WFLD-TV (Ch. 32)

Eye of the storm
* Randy Moss, Vikings receiver
The NFL's top-rated offense features one of the biggest playmakers in the league. Moss has 90 receptions for 1,372 yards and his 13 touchdowns are tops in the league. Moss is 65 yards away from his career best.
* Jerry Azumah/Charles Tillman, Bears cornerbacks

The Bears' secondary has seen the likes of Terrell Owens, Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt, and even Moss once this season. Azumah, Tillman and even R.W. McQuarters will need help from the safeties against the most explosive receiver in the game.

Another key match-up
* Daunte Culpepper, Vikings quarterback

The top-rated passer in the NFC, Culpepper has thrown for 2,800 yards and 20 touchdowns and just eight picks. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Culpepper is hard to bring down and his running ability gives the Bears something else to worry about.
* Alex Brown/Phillip Daniels, Bears defensive ends

The Bears haven't had much of a sack attack this season, but they need to get some heat on Culpepper. If he's able to sit back in the pocket, it's going to get ugly. The Bears have to get consistent pressure, even if it means blitzing and taking some chances.

Injury report
* Vikings:
TE Jim Kleinsasser (biceps), DT Billy Lyon (leg), RB Moe Williams (knee) are probable; RB Michael Bennett (ankle) and LB Chris Claiborne (ankle) are questionable.
* Bears:
QB Chris Chandler (shoulder), T Mike Gandy (shoulder), G Chris Villarrial (side) are questionable; TE Dustin Lyman (abdomen) is out.

So much for stats
The Vikings defense has the most interceptions in the league (25), however, Minnesota is still ranked 27th in the NFL and is allowing an average of 21.8 points per game (26th in the league). The defense has allowed an average of 352 yards a game. Strong safety Corey Chavous leads the NFL with eight interceptions and free safety Brian Russell is second in the league with seven.

Run stuffers
With Green Bay totaling only 97 yards on the ground as a team last week, the Bears defense kept its opponent under 100 rushing yards for the fifth time in the last seven games while allowing an average of 90.3 yards on the ground per game. During the 2001 season when Chicago set a new club mark for allowing the fewest rushing yards in a 16-game season (1,313), the Bears ranked second in the NFL by holding their opponents to 82.1 rushing yards per game. For the season, Chicago is ranked 18th in the NFL while permitting an average of 119.7 rushing yards per game.

Quick hits
* The Vikings have won two in a row in the series.
* Minnesota has won nine of the previous 13 meetings.
* The Vikings will try to sweep the two-game season series for the third time in six seasons.
* Minnesota has lost three straight road games.
* The Vikings hold the all-time series advantage over Chicago, 46-37-2 since 1961.

Fast fact
The Vikings have won five of the last six at Soldier Field, dating back to 1996.

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