Game Snapshot: Bears at Vikings

<B>KICKOFF: </B>Sunday, 1:00 ET <BR><B>GAMEDATE: </B>9/26/04 <BR><B>SURFACE: </B>FieldTurf <BR><B>TV: </B>FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger <BR><B>SERIES: </B>86th meeting. Vikings lead series 46-38-2 but Bears have won four of last six meetings. Vikings have won three of last four meetings at the Metrodome.

Chicago Bears (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

Bears: offense 15th (5th rush, 23rd pass); defense 20th (16th rush, 21st pass).

Vikings: offense 2nd (20th rush, 2nd pass); defense 26th (5th rush, 32nd pass)

The Bears' secondary will be without starting CBs Charles Tillman and Jerry Azumah and S Mike Brown, so the defensive line needs to come up with a massive game in pressuring Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper. They will undoubtedly attack Vikings RT Adam Haayer, who is replacing injured Mike Rosenthal.

Minnesota likes to have balance with a power running game, but the offensive line hasn't played up to expectations yet. And if Chicago can get an early lead, it can concentrate on defending the pass and WR Randy Moss, who has 75 receptions and eight touchdowns in 12 previous meetings.

The Bears are relying heavily on RB Thomas Jones as a duel threat, but QB Rex Grossman must test a Vikings pass defense ranked last in the league in order to put up the kind of points it will take to beat Minnesota at home.

Bears: Have won four of the past six meetings. ... Six of WR David Terrell's seven receptions have gone for more than 15 yards.

Vikings: With Rosenthal out, the offensive line won't start the same five players for the first time in 19 games. ... WR Randy Moss has a touchdown reception in seven consecutive games, tying the team record he shares with Cris Carter. ... Lead the series 46-38-2, including 26-18 at home.

Vikings 30, Bears 23

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