Ogunleye's Time to Shine

Lake Forest - With a suspect secondary that is now missing three of its regular starters, the Bears must get a heavy rush on Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper before he is allowed to pick at backups and fill-ins. The Bears have just two sacks this season and got none last week against the Packers, but they expect Adewale Ogunleye to start paying dividends on the $33.4 million contract they gave him last month.

Prior to RT Mike Rosenthal going down for the season because of a right foot injury the Vikings offensive line had started 18 consecutive games. Third-year pro Adam Haayer will start and share time with rookie fourth-round draft pick Nat Dorsey.

Ogunleye, who led the AFC with 15 sacks last season, will going up against Haayer, who struggled to keep up with the Eagles' Jevon Kearse on Monday night.

The Vikings' offense will try to attack a Bears secondary that has lost both CBs (Charles Tillman and Jerry Azumah) and S Mike Brown this season.

To compensate Ogunleye must be able to beat Haayer. Putting pressure on Culpepper will limit his ability to go deep to Randy Moss, former Bear Marcus Robinson and Kelly Campbell.

Moss has 75 catches for 1,005 yards (13.3) and eight touchdowns in 12 games against the Bears. Culpepper is 160-of-248 passing (64.5) for 1,716 yards, nine TDs, five INTs and an 88.4 rating in eight games against Chicago.

Bears CB R.W. McQuarters, who could get the mission of tailing Vikings WR Randy Moss. McQuarters wasn't starting until Jerry Azumah suffered a neck injury in training camp, but he has had some success against Moss in the past, although he has generally gotten plenty of help cover the top from a safety.

The secondary will not be able to keep up with the Minnesota receivers for long, so they'll need heed help from a pass rush that has produced only two sacks and Ogunleye has none.

Haayer, a third-year pro, will be making his first NFL start in his seventh game. Dorsey is a rookie fourth-round draft pick who needs a year of seasoning. Both will play against Ogunleye, who has only seven tackles in two games.

Expect the Vikings to give Haayer and Dorsey help with tight ends and running backs.

However Minnesota has also been hit by injury at tight end. TE Jermaine Wiggins (hand) probably will miss the next two games over three weeks. His absence, and the news that Jim Kleinsasser (knee) is heading for injured reserve, leaves only rookies Richard Owens and Jim Dugan at tight end.

All in all, both team's go into the game with important pieces missing. The game could come down to which side can takes advantage of lining up against backups.


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