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In case you haven't been keeping track at home, when Chad Hutchinson gets the nod under center today, it will mark the Bears' 26th starting quarterback chance in their last 87 games.

Hutchinson, who hasn't started an NFL game since 2002, will be the fourth starting quarterback for the Bears this season when they welcome the Vikings (7-4) to Soldier Field.

Somewhere Brett Favre is laughing.

"I've got nothing to lose," said Hutchinson, who was 2-7 with Dallas before being cut before the season and sitting at home until the Bears came calling. "As you guys have said in the paper I was surfing two months ago, and you know really I was sitting there at home wondering if I was going to get another shot to play. I've got nothing to lose right now.

"I'm going to go out and have some fun."

Hutchinson threw for 4,235 yards and 20 touchdowns in two seasons at Stanford. But the 6-foot-5, 237-pounder was even better at baseball and tried that route as a pitcher. He was drafted in the second round of the 1998 amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, but never panned out. He went back to football, but has found it's been just as difficult to find a job and keep it.

The Bears figured they had nothing to lose by giving Hutchinson a shot, especially after the horrendous play of both Jonathan Quinn and Craig Krenzel. It's gotten so bad since Rex Grossman blew out his knee, Chicago signed 36-year-old Jeff George this week to throw into the QB mix.

The one thing going for Hutchinson is the Vikings' defense is ranked 27th in the league. However, the Bears have the NFL's worst offense, and have scored only 13 offensive touchdowns this season.

"We're in desperate straits on defense if you've been watching us," Viking coach Mike Tice said via teleconference Wednesday. "So we've got to get our house cleaned up first. I'm not really concerned if they're in desperate straits on offense."

The Bears will get No. 1 cornerback Charles Tillman back for the game. Tillman has been out since Week 2 when he injured his knee against the Packers. Tillman will be matched up with Randy Moss for most of the game. Also, Brian Urlacher (leg surgery) practiced all week and is expected to play. Both players should provide a boost to the defense.


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