Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Vikings

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just before Sunday's prime time matchup between the Chicago Bears and division rival Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in Week 13. Keys to the game, injury reports, fast facts, personnel news, and a whole lot more.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Surface: FieldTurf
Television: NBC – Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
Series: 95th regular-season meeting. Vikings lead 50-42-2. Bears won first meeting this season 48-41 on Oct. 19 at Soldier Field. The Bears allowed 439 yards but intercepted Gus Frerotte four times.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Kyle Orton has been efficient, but he needs to start pushing the ball down the field more. Bears receivers haven't topped 70 receiving yards or caught a touchdown in three consecutive games. That has to change against a Vikings team ranked second in stopping the run. Chicago managed just 53 yards on the ground in the first meeting, and RB Matt Forte could be more effective as a receiver out of the backfield than as a running threat. ... Frerotte's passing yards have decreased every game since a season-high 298 yards at Chicago in Week 7. The Bears' defense presents a good opportunity for Frerotte to step up the production again, as Chicago's secondary gives up too many underneath passes. The Bears spend a lot of resources on attacking the run, which will be no different against Vikings RBs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. That puts increased stress on the secondary and leaves the Bears vulnerable to play-action.

INJURY REPORT
Bears: CB Nathan Vasher (thumb/wrist) is out.

Vikings: DE Jared Allen (shoulder) and S Madieu Williams (shoulder) will play.

FAST FACTS
Forte is on pace to join Walter Payton (1978, 1983) and Neal Anderson (1989) as the only Bears with 1,000 rushing yards and 50 catches in a season. ... Peterson has at least two touchdowns runs in three consecutive meetings.


LB Brian Urlacher
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears: DT Tommie Harris' 17 sacks since the start of the 2006 season are the most of any NFL defensive tackle. Harris participated on a limited basis at Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday, which has been his normal routine this season. He is expected to start. ... LB Brian Urlacher's 10 sacks since 2006 are the most of any linebacker in the league. ... WR Devin Hester was held from Thursday's practice because of general soreness but is expected to start Sunday. ... TE Desmond Clark (knee) participated in Thursday's practice on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday, and he is expected to play Sunday. ... S Mike Brown (calf) is expected to start on Sunday after practicing on a limited basis Thursday, which is an improvement over Wednesday when he did not practice.

Vikings: Allen was limited in practice for a second consecutive day Thursday so he could rest his right shoulder. Allen suffered a grade-3 sprain of the shoulder on Nov. 2 against Houston but has continued to play in games. He did not practice last Wednesday or Thursday. ... LB Vinny Ciurciu, who did not play Sunday at Jacksonville because of a hand injury, was limited in practice for a second consecutive day Thursday. ... LB David Herron was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a shoulder injury. ... TE Garrett Mills was limited in practice for a second consecutive day Thursday because of an ankle injury suffered Nov. 16 at Tampa Bay. Mills did not play last Sunday. ... Williams was limited in practice Thursday because of a shoulder injury that he has continued to play through in recent weeks. ... DT Letroy Guion did not practice Thursday because of an ankle injury.

PREDICTION
Vikings 21, Bears 19.

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