Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a good history against the Bears, and the Vikings want to re-establish their running game. Get the weekend schedule of games, keys to the Vikings-Bears and historical series notes.
(8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers
(5-9) at Cleveland Browns
(5-9) at Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
(3-11) at Cincinnati Bengals
(7-7) at New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(2-12) at New Orleans Saints
(6-8) at New York Giants
(5-9) at Atlanta Falcons
(7-7) at Miami Dolphins
(2-12) at San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
(1-13) at Arizona Cardinals
(11-3) at Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets
(7-7) at Indianapolis Colts
(9-5) at Washington Redskins
(11-3) at Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings (11-3) at Chicago Bears (5-9)
KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 ET
TV: ESPN (Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden)
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Vikings have a few emerging issues on both sides of the ball. The offense has broken down in two of the past three games because the offensive line hasn't created holes for RB Adrian Peterson
, and the result has been QB Brett Favre
taking a beating.
Defensively, Minnesota's run defense is feeling the loss of injured MLB E.J. Henderson
. The Bears average just 88.4 rushing yards per game, but they must given an honest effort to establish some semblance of a ground game. QB Jay Cutler
's confidence is struggling along with his decision making, and his pass protection doesn't hold up long.
FAST FACTSPeterson has averaged 127.8 yards with nine touchdowns in five career games against Chicago.
The Bears have won seven of the past eight meetings at home.
A Vikings victory on Monday night will mark the third time they have swept the season series from Chicago since the 2000 season. The last time Minnesota swept the Bears in a season series was 2007. In their history, the Vikings have swept Chicago 13 times, including three consecutive years from 1973 to ‘75.
This will mark the 11th time the Vikings and Bears have played on "Monday Night Football" and the third consecutive year the teams have met in prime time.
The Vikings are 4-3 against Chicago since Brad Childress took over as head coach in 2006. The Bears swept the Vikings that first year, but the Vikings returned the favor in 2007. Each team won its home game in 2008.
RB Adrian Peterson set a then-franchise record at Chicago on Oct. 14, 2007 when he rushed for 224 yards and tied a team mark with three rushing touchdowns. Peterson also set a team mark with 361 combined yards (224 rushing, 9 receiving, 128 on kickoff returns) on the day. Peterson would break his own rushing mark on Nov. 4, 2007 against San Diego when he rushed for an NFL-record 296 yards.
CB Antoine Winfield scored the first touchdown of his career when he picked off Chicago QB Rex Grossman and returned it 7 yards for a touchdown against Chicago on Sept. 24, 2006.
Minnesota's first regular-season game and victory came against Chicago, when the expansion Vikings upset the Bears 37-13 on Sept. 17, 1961, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. The Vikings first shutout came against the Bears on Oct. 12, 1961. That was a 31-0 Vikings rout.
QB Brett Favre has had two of his best statistical performances of his career against the Bears. On Sept. 11, 1995, Favre completed 21 of 37 passes for 312 yards with three touchdowns against Chicago. Favre's passer rating that day was 100.3. Two months later he set the second-best passer rating mark of his career against the Bears as he completed 25 of 33 passes for 336 yards with five touchdowns. That gave him a 147.2 passer rating.
With 70 rushing yards, running back Adrian Peterson will move into sixth place in NFL history for the most rushing yards after three seasons. Peterson has 4,336 yards and can surpass Terrell Davis' 4,405 yards.