San Francisco 49ers (4-1) at Detroit Lions (5-0)
Buffalo Bills (4-1) at New York Giants (3-2)
Carolina Panthers (1-4) at Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
Indianapolis Colts (0-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-4) at Washington Redskins (3-1)
St. Louis Rams (0-4) at Green Bay Packers (5-0)
Houston Texans (3-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Cleveland Browns (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (3-2)
New Orleans Saints (4-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at New England Patriots (4-1)
Minnesota Vikings (1-4) at Chicago Bears (2-3)
Miami Dolphins (0-4) at New York Jets (2-3)
Minnesota Vikings (1-4) at Chicago Bears (2-3)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET
SURFACE: Natural grass
TV: NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
KEYS TO THE GAME: Bears QB Jay Cutler had six touchdown passes in two games against Minnesota in 2010, but he'll face the NFL's top pass-rush tandem in DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison (13 combined sacks). The Vikings have been stung by pass-catching running backs, and must account for RB Matt Forte as an all-purpose threat. The Vikings force teams to stop RB Adrian Peterson, who averages 103.5 rushing yards against the NFC North in his career. Peterson, also a threat as a receiver, will benefit from QB Donovan McNabb attacking deep and down the seam, where the Bears have been ripped for big plays all season. If DE Julius Peppers (knee) is out, McNabb should have plenty of time to set his feet and scan the field.
FAST FACTS: McNabb's teams are 46-3 when he has a passer rating of at least 100. ... Forte leads the NFL with 785 yards from scrimmage.
Favre completed 5 of 7 passes with a 23-yard touchdown to Percy Harvin and an interception before leaving with a concussion caused when his head was slammed to the frozen turf by rookie DE Corey Wootton. Bears coach Lovie Smith wasn't happy that Favre played after being ruled out.
Bears QB Jay Cutler expected it, saying, "We had a few friendly wagers in the quarterback room that he'd be out there. I wasn't surprised at all."
"We stunk," said Bears DE Alex Brown. "He's a good player, but ... he shouldn't get that many yards." Peterson also set up the last-second winning field goal with a 53-yard kickoff return.
The field goal is the second-longest in Vikings history. In 28 games against the Bears, Longwell has attempted 57 field goals (making 47), the second-highest total against one team behind the Lions (61).
Tice decided the team needed to act tougher, so he came out and basically said the team was going to run the ball all day long. During a press conference, he said "Chicago is a tough-guy town" and went on to say that it would take brute force to win in a tough-guy town. Well, the Vikings ran the ball. Onterrio Smith had 148 yards rushing. But the approach also shortened the game and gave the Vikings' offense fewer possessions in a 13-10 loss.
Audio clips of Tice calling Chicago a "tough-guy town" are still played in Minnesota. To his credit, Tice, who was fired in 2005, played along with it when some poked fun at him. He did a radio spot in which he named several cities in Minnesota. After each one, Tice's "tough-guy town" clip was played.
"If people say they see some of me in him, I take that as a great compliment because I look at him and he's the type of person that I would want to be," Dungy said.
BY THE NUMBERS: 112 -- Average yards rushing per game for Adrian Peterson in seven games against the Bears. He's averaging 5.0 yards per carry and has 11 TDs.
"We started off with a regular count, and the guys were having trouble hearing me, so we went to a silent count," quarterback Jay Cutler said. "The pressure that they were putting on our offensive line with their defensive line, I think that started to accumulate a little bit and guys started wanting to get out of there a little bit quicker (and) the crowd noise, there's a lot of things that happened. But, at the end of the day, it can't happen. We practice that. We bring speakers out on our field, so this isn't anything new to us. We've played in loud situations before."
According to Stats LLC, the Bears' six false starts in the first half is an NFL record. It was easily the loudest crowd the Bears have ever experienced at Ford Field. In past years, for instance from 2006-09, when the Lions went 12-52, Bears fans nearly outnumbered Lions fans, so noise wasn't a problem. But Cutler said Monday night wasn't much different than any other loud indoor stadium.
"It wasn't anything that crazy, (but) it was loud," Cutler said. "We played in New Orleans, and it was loud. When we go to Green Bay, it's going to be loud and when we go to Minnesota it's going to be loud. If you don't handle it well, you're probably going to lose and that's what happened to us."
"There is never a time for panic, but we need to have a sense of urgency," said running back Matt Forte. "If you panic, you get out of your regular rhythm. We need to cut down on penalties and, if the opportunity to make a big play is there, make that. Eliminate the mistakes."
In his last two games, Forte has rushed for 321 yards on 47 carries, a 6.8-yard average.
"He threw it, Calvin caught it, and he scored a touchdown," Harris said. "There's really no answer to it. I've got to play better. That's probably the best answer I can give you right now."
"I can't really give you an answer for that," coach Lovie Smith said. "We've got to get the plays in a little bit quicker. We've got to do a better job."
BY THE NUMBERS: 48 – Number of lineup changes at the two safety positions that the Bears have made since Lovie Smith became head coach in 2004.