Monday Snapshot: Vikings vs. Bears

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just ahead of Monday's matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 16.

MONDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Central
Surface: Grass
Television: ESPN – Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden
Series: 97th regular-season meeting. Vikings lead 52-42-2. They've won four of the past five meetings, including a 36-10 rout at the Metrodome four weeks ago, on Nov. 29. The Vikings held a lopsided edge in time of possession, 40:55-19:05; total yards, 537-169; and first downs, 31-8.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Vikings have a few emerging issues on both sides of the ball. The offense has broken down in two of the past three games because the offensive line hasn't created holes for RB Adrian Peterson, and the result has been QB Brett Favre taking a beating. Defensively, Minnesota's run defense is feeling the loss of injured LB E.J. Henderson. The Bears average just 88.4 rushing yards per game, but they must given an honest effort to establish some semblance of a ground game. QB Jay Cutler's confidence is struggling along with his decision making, and his pass protection doesn't hold up long.

FAST FACTS
Peterson has averaged 127.8 yards with nine touchdowns in five career games against Chicago. ... The Bears have won seven of the past eight meetings at home.


WR Devin Hester
Getty Images: Jonathan Daniel

PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears:
WR Devin Hester (calf) practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day and should be able to play by Monday night. ... OT Chris Williams (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday but expects to face Vikings DE Jared Allen on Monday night. ... LB Lance Briggs (back) returned to full practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday. ... OT Orlando Pace completed his first full practice since suffering a groin injury in the first game against the Vikings on Nov. 29. But he is not expected to get his job back from Williams. ... S Al Afalava (knee) did not practice for a second straight day, but has not been ruled out for Monday night's game. ... S Kevin Payne (ankle) missed a second straight day of practice Thursday but is still expected to play Monday night.

Vikings: WR Percy Harvin continued to participate in all of practice Thursday, and it appears he has put his latest episode of migraine headaches behind him. Harvin visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Tuesday. ... G Steve Hutchinson was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a shoulder injury. ... DE Brian Robison was limited Wednesday and Thursday because of a quadriceps injury. ... DT Pat Williams was limited Wednesday and Thursday because of an issue with his elbow. ... CB Antoine Winfield was limited Wednesday and Thursday because of a foot injury that he has been playing through the past two games after sitting out six in a row.

PREDICTION
Vikings 30, Bears 17.


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