Vikings-Bears Snapshot

Get the game essentials, series history, a couple of fast facts and keys to the game as the Vikings and Bears prepare for their Monday night showdown.

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Chicago Bears (5-8) at Minnesota Vikings (7-6)

KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 12/17/07
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: ESPN, Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworksi, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya

94th meeting, including playoffs. Vikings lead Bears 49-42-2, including a 34-31 victory in Week 6, when the Bears rallied to score 14 points in 58 seconds late in the fourth quarter, only to lose on Ryan Longwell's career-best 55-yard field goal as time expired. The Bears had won four of five meetings prior to that.


Ironically, Kyle Orton's last start for the Bears came against the Vikings — on New Year's Day nearly two years ago. There's no time to slowly shake off the rust because the Bears' poor running game has somehow regressed under RB Adrian Peterson. Fortunately, the Vikings' one glaring weakness is in their secondary so Orton has a fighting chance to be successful.

A primetime showdown will be a matter of pride for the Bears' defense, which was taken behind the woodshed by Peterson in Chicago. He's splitting carries with Chester Taylor, and even with defenses gearing up against the run the Vikings are averaging 172.2 yards rushing per game. And with QB Tarvaris Jackson maturing rapidly, Minnesota can also hurt Chicago through the air this time around.


Bears: CB Nathan Vasher (groin), LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (shoulder) and DT Darwin Walker (elbow) are questionable.

Vikings: DE Erasmus James (knee) underwent season-ending surgery Monday. WR Troy Williamson (concussion) continues to suffer from headaches.


The Bears' past four games have been decided by an average of 4.8 points.

Vikings DT Kevin Williams has broken Chris Doleman's franchise mark for linemen with his fourth career INT.

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