Vikings-Bears Snapshot

Get the pregame vitals, the keys to the game, injury report and a couple of fast facts.

Sunday
Cincinnati Bengals (1-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
Houston Texans (3-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1)
Miami Dolphins (0-5) at Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) at New York Jets (1-4)
St. Louis Rams (1-4) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Tennessee Titans (3-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Washington Redskins (3-1) at Green Bay Packers (4-1)
Carolina Panthers (3-2) at Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
New England Patriots (5-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-0)
Oakland Raiders (2-2) at San Diego Chargers (2-3)
New Orleans Saints (0-4) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2)Monday
New York Giants (3-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-4)


Minnesota Vikings (1-3) at Chicago Bears (2-3)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/14/07
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger
SERIES: 93rd meeting. Vikings lead series, 48-42-2, but the Bears swept both games last season.

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Vikings need QB Tarvaris Jackson to start stretching defenses — coach Brad Childress made the lack of a deep passing game a point of emphasis over the bye week. Jackson has the arm, but does he have the accuracy? Also expect to see rookie RB Adrian Peterson on the field more with Minnesota lacking other offensive playmakers.

Bears RB Cedric Benson is best between the tackles, but that's also the teeth of the Vikings' defense, which is allowing just 62.0 rushing yards per game. Chicago doesn't have the wideouts to truly exploit Minnesota's mediocre secondary, but QB Brian Griese is gaining quick comfort in TEs Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen. Look for plenty of two-tight end sets to compensate for the lack of a consistent ground presence.

INJURY REPORT

The official injury report for the Vikings lists DE Erasmus James (shoulder) and LB Ben Leber (ribs) as questionable, with QB Tarvaris Jackson (groin) and S Dwight Smith (hamstring) as probable. Smith was the only one of those four to participate fully in Friday's practice.

For the Bears, CB Nathan Vasher (groin) and DT Darwin Walker (knee) are doubtful.
Bernard Berrian (toe), Lance Briggs (hamstring), T John Tait (ankle) and CB Charles Tillman (ankle) are questionable. LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (foot), DT Tommie Harris (knee) and LB Brian Urlacher (back) are probable.

FAST FACTS

Peterson has already tied Chuck Foreman's franchise rookie record set in 1973 with three 100-yard rushing games.

Tillman has three of the Bears' six forced fumbles, leads the team with four pass breakups and is fourth with 18 solo tackles.


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