Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Vikings

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know ahead of Sunday afternoon's matchup between the Chicago Bears and rival Minnesota Vikings in Week 7 at Soldier Field. Keys to the game, injury reports, fast facts, personnel news, and a whole lot more.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Surface: Grass
Television: FOX – Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Charissa Thompson
Series: 94th regular-season meeting. Vikings lead regular-season series 50-41-2 and are 21-23-2 against the Bears on the road. The Vikings have won five of the past 10 games against the Bears and 11 of the past 20.

KEYS TO THE GAME
WR Bernard Berrian's ability to create big plays vertically or by making runs after shorter receptions has made defenses pay for stacking the box against RB Adrian Peterson. Chicago dared Falcons rookie QB Matt Ryan to throw last Sunday and paid the price. With a beat up secondary, the Bears might not be able to afford to overload against Peterson. ... Bears QB Kyle Orton has stepped out of the "game manager" role and is making impressive plays on a weekly basis. He'll have to against Minnesota, because RB Matt Forte will find the sledding tough against the Vikings' fourth-ranked run defense. Forte will still be a factor in the passing game – his 27 receptions lead the team by eight – as will emerging WRs Rashied Davis and Devin Hester.

INJURY REPORT
Bears: WR Brandon Lloyd (knee), CB Charles Tillman (shoulder) and S Danieal Manning (hamstring) are unlikely to play; CB Nathan Vasher (hand/wrist) should return after missing two games.

Vikings: LB David Herron (hip) is uncertain and would be replaced by Dontarrious Thomas; WR Sidney Rice (knee) is day-to-day.

FAST FACTS
Peterson's six lost fumbles equals his total from his rookie season. ... Peterson rushed for 224 yards at Soldier Field last season.


CB Charles Tillman
Paul Sancya/AP Images

PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears: Lloyd (sprained knee) has not practiced for the third straight week and will not play Sunday. ... Tillman (left shoulder) has not practiced this week and appears doubtful but has not been counted out yet, since he played last week with a painful right shoulder injury. ... Manning, who plays nickelback, has not practiced this week because of a hamstring injury and is not expected to play Sunday. ... Hester (toe) was added to Thursday's injury report and was limited at practice, but he is expected to play Sunday. ... WR Marty Booker did some limited work at practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday and he appears to be probable for Sunday.

Vikings: The Vikings made two very interesting roster moves Thursday, signing linebacker Napoleon Harris and releasing fullback Thomas Tapeh. Harris had been let go by the Chiefs on Tuesday, and Minnesota brought him in a day later for a physical. The two sides agreed on a one-year contract. Harris spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the Vikings – he was acquired from Oakland in the Randy Moss trade – and was the team's starting middle linebacker in his final season with the team. He had 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks, nine quarterback pressures and three interceptions in 14 games that year. Harris departed as a free agent after the Vikings gave E.J. Henderson a five-year contract and moved him to middle linebacker. With Henderson lost for the season because of dislocated toes and his backup, Herron, battling a hip injury, Harris could be the Vikings' solution in the middle for the rest of the season. It remains uncertain if he will be ready to play Sunday in Chicago. Harris did not play in a game for the Chiefs this season and had fallen out of favor. Tapeh, who played college football at the University of Minnesota, signed a five-year, $6 million deal that included $1.25 million with the Vikings during free agency. But he did not tell the team he had undergone a procedure on his knee shortly before signing the contract. Tapeh had not been active since Week 2, and it became clear the sides were headed for a divorce this week when head coach Brad Childress volunteered the information about Tapeh having hidden his knee issue. It's unclear if the Vikings will attempt to recoup some of the bonus money they gave Tapeh, but that would not be surprising.

PREDICTION
Bears 23, Vikings 20.

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