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Minnesota Vikings (3-5) vs. Chicago Bears (5-3)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Natural Grass
TV: CBS, Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker
KEYS TO THE GAME
Vikings QB Brett Favre
needs his receivers to respond in this must-win spot. The trouble is, he's not sure who he'll have on the field. Sidney Rice
won't play and Percy Harvin
, who has performed at a Pro Bowl level, was battling a migraine headache. TE Visanthe Shiancoe
(9-91-2 in two games vs. Chicago last season) can get behind the Bears' linebackers in the Cover-2. If Favre gets on a hot streak, the Bears should sweat knowing RB Adrian Peterson
averages 122.2 yards per game in six games vs. Chicago.
The Bears have become too reliant on QB Jay Cutler
and the passing game behind a subpar front five. If the Bears forget about RBs Matt Forte
and Chester Taylor
, it plays into the hands of the Vikings' solid front seven.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a rushing touchdown in six straight games vs. Chicago and had at least 20 rushing attempts in each of those games. QB Jay Cutler had four TD passes in the last meeting.
The expansion Vikings' first regular-season game and first victory came on Sept, 17, 1961, when they upset the Bears 37-13 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The Vikings' first shutout came on Oct. 12, 1969, when they beat the Bears 31-0.
Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier played cornerback for the Bears from 1981 to '86 and was a starter on the Super Bowl champion defense in 1985. He recorded 20 career interceptions with Chicago and led the Bears in picks in 1983 (seven), 1984 (five) and 1985 (six).
The last time the Vikings swept the Bears in a season series was in 2007. The Vikings have swept the Chicago 13 times, including in three consecutive seasons from 1973 to '75.
Brett Favre had two of his best career games against the Bears during the 1995 season. He completed 21 of 37 passes for 312 yards with three touchdowns, including a career-long 99-yarder, on Sept. 11 for the Packers. Then two months later, Favre had the second-best passer rating of his career (147.2) as he completed 25 of 33 passes for 336 yards and five touchdowns. That earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Adrian Peterson set a then-franchise record for the Vikings when he rushed for 224 yards and tied a team mark with three rushing touchdowns in a 34-31 victory on Oct. 14, 2007, at Chicago. Peterson also established a team record with 361 combined yards (224 rushing, 9 receiving, 128 kickoff returns) that day.
The Vikings are 4-4 against the Bears since Brad Childress took over in 2006. Chicago swept the season series that year, but the Vikings rebounded to do the same the following season. The teams split the past two years, with each winning its home game.
Ryan Longwell earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors when he went 4-for-4 on field goals against the Bears while with the Packers on Dec. 7, 2003. Longwell kicked a career-long, game-winning 55-yard field goal on Oct. 14, 2007, at Chicago.
Antoine Winfield scored the first touchdown of his career when he intercepted a Rex Grossman pass and returned it for a 7-yard touchdown against Chicago in a 19-16 loss on Sept. 24, 2006.
Vikings coach Brad Childress says coming back to Chicago to play the Bears is just like any other road trip, even though he's got a strong connection to the area, having grown up in west suburban Aurora, where he attended Marmion Academy high school.
"They're business trips for the team and for myself," said Childress, who remains on the hot seat with the underachieving Vikings. "I don't have any interaction really with my family being from that neck of the woods. It's always nice to see the Chicago skyline and head over to Soldier Field, where I used to watch the college all-star games. But it's really NFC North football, and they happen to be an opponent. It's not like I get to spend a lot of time down on Michigan Avenue or eating Chicago-style pizza or hitting any of the Italian places or anything like that."