* Randy Moss, Vikings receiver
One of the game's ultimate game-breakers, Moss will be licking his chops downfield when he sees who the Bears have left in their depleted secondary. Look for plenty of safety help, but that probably won't make a difference.
* R.W. McQuarters, Bears cornerback
Just when you thought it would be Charles "Peanut" Tillman going head-to-head against Moss, it's going to be McQuarters, the team's third-best corner. With Jerry Azumah out with an injury as well, McQuarters will see plenty of passes come his way.
Another key matchup
* Thomas Jones, Bears running back
You saw what Jones did on turf last week at Lambeau. If he can run for 152 against the Packers, it could be even more against a lesser defense on turf.
* E.J. Henderson, Vikings middle linebacker
Henderson will be challenged to step up and try and slow down Jones from big runs. The Vikings would much rather bottle Jones up and let Rex Grossman beat them through the air.
* Bears: OUT: CB Jerry Azumah (neck), G Rex Tucker (elbow), DT Alfonso Boone (knee), CB Charles Tillman (knee); QUESTIONABLE: LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring), G Mike Gandy (hamstring), DT Tank Johnson (groin), S Cameron Worrell (hamstring); PROBABLE: LB Marcus Reese (hamstring).
Rev up the rivalry
Minnesota holds the all-time series advantage over Chicago with a 46-38-2 record since the Vikings began play in 1961. The Bears have won four of the last six meetings over the last three years highlighted by a series sweep in 2001. The momentum of the Chicago-Minnesota rivalry has turned with each decade. In the 60s the Bears won 11 of the 16 contests between the teams. During the 70s the Vikings posted a 15-5 record. The 80s proved to be the tightest decade between the teams as the Bears shuffled to a slim 10-9 advantage.
The Bears romped to the biggest blowout by either team in 1984 with a 34-3 drubbing in Minnesota. The Vikings largest margin of victory is 28 points, a gap they have enjoyed four times over the last 38 years (1982, 1990, 1992 and 1994), and most recently in 1994 with a 42-14 win at Soldier Field. While each team has enjoyed lopsided victories, the Bears-Vikings match-up normally yields close contests, with 13 of the last 17 games determined by eight points or less. bear.
Bears (1-1) at Minnesota (1-1)
Noon Sunday, FOX, WFLD-TV (Ch. 32)
L 20-16 DETROIT
W 21-10 at Green Bay
Sunday at Minnesota
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