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CHICAGO (6 - 5) at MINNESOTA (2 - 8 - 1)
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Week 13 Sunday, 12/1/2013 1:00 PM
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CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-5+2.82-88-327.515.5372.5(6)1.428.117.4376.0(6.2)2.0
Road Games2-3+1.12-34-132.217.0380.0(6)1.634.019.6412.6(6.9)2.0
Last 3 Games1-2-10-32-121.011.3360.3(5.4)1.327.716.0362.3(5.9)1.0
Dome Games0-2-20-22-026.513.5420.5(6.2)3.541.027.0396.5(6.8)1.5
Division Games2-2+2.21-32-227.215.2402.0(5.9)2.227.717.0353.2(5.9)2.0
CHICAGO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.515.521.230:3525-108(4.4)24-3864.0%265(7)62-372(6)(13.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.912.319.530:3626-106(4.1)22-3661.3%243(6.8)62-349(5.7)(14.6)
Offense Road Games32.217.021.831:0225-126(5)24-3963.2%254(6.6)64-380(6)(11.8)
Defense (All Games)28.117.420.729:6030-145(4.9)19-3161.8%231(7.5)60-376(6.2)(13.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.111.820.731:0127-109(4.1)23-3761.1%259(6.9)64-368(5.7)(15.3)
Defense Road Games34.019.621.828:5830-181(6)18-3060.1%232(7.8)60-413(6.9)(12.1)
CHICAGO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-541.6%1-057.1%3-57(22.4)1-9(9.6)4-38
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.71.8 14-640.1%1-043.3%2-54(23.1)21-2(9.6)6-53
Stats Against (Road Games) 11-332.1%0-00.0%2-50(20.7)1-15(12.3)4-34

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-8-7.75-69-224.213.5329.5(5.5)2.131.516.4401.0(5.8)1.3
Home Games1-3-41-34-025.512.7292.2(5.3)1.534.221.5418.2(6)1.0
Last 3 Games1-102-13-026.713.3363.3(5.7)2.031.318.3416.7(6)0.0
Dome Games1-4-51-45-025.213.0299.8(5.5)
Division Games0-3-32-24-027.716.2342.5(6.1)2.033.717.0459.5(6.1)1.5
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.213.518.927:3926-122(4.7)21-3460.8%207(6.1)60-329(5.5)(13.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.811.820.130:4527-111(4.2)22-3561.9%239(6.8)62-350(5.7)(14.7)
Offense Home Games25.512.718.724:2622-103(4.7)23-3368.7%189(5.7)55-292(5.3)(11.5)
Defense (All Games)31.516.423.833:4229-120(4.2)26-4065.3%281(7)69-401(5.8)(12.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.111.620.731:4426-113(4.3)22-3661.5%249(6.9)63-362(5.8)(15)
Defense Home Games34.221.524.535:3333-152(4.5)25-3767.3%266(7.3)70-418(6)(12.2)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.62.113-538.4%1-051.4%3-61(24.1)20-2(10.3)6-52
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-746.0%1-175.0%3-70(25.6)2-21(9.2)6-64
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.71.8 13-539.4%1-049.6%2-54(22.2)22-2(10.5)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-957.4%2-277.8%2-41(20.6)2-34(15)6-67
Average power rating of opponents played: CHICAGO 22.1,  MINNESOTA 21.1
CHICAGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013NEW ORLEANS18-26L-1.5L50U18-9424-33-340128-6629-35-2810
10/10/2013NY GIANTS27-21W-9.5L46.5O29-11024-36-262026-12314-26-2323
10/20/2013@ WASHINGTON41-45L-1L47.5O22-14017-28-219143-20918-29-2901
11/4/2013@ GREEN BAY27-20W10W50.5U33-17122-41-271029-19912-21-1131
11/24/2013@ ST LOUIS21-42L2.5L45.5O26-8036-47-344329-25810-22-1480
12/1/2013@ MINNESOTA            
12/15/2013@ CLEVELAND            
12/22/2013@ PHILADELPHIA            
12/29/2013GREEN BAY            

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/21/2013@ NY GIANTS7-23L4L47.5U14-3020-53-176332-6423-39-1931
10/27/2013GREEN BAY31-44L7L47.5O19-11114-21-132042-18224-29-2820
11/3/2013@ DALLAS23-27L8W50.5U29-16925-37-22429-3634-51-3141
11/17/2013@ SEATTLE20-41L13.5L45O33-13218-35-204428-9314-21-2300
11/24/2013@ GREEN BAY26-26T6W44.5O43-23221-30-215134-19628-53-2980
12/8/2013@ BALTIMORE            
12/22/2013@ CINCINNATI            
CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer coached the line and running backs during his tenure in New Orleans (he'll also coach the O-Line this season), and the Saints ran a sophisticated and versatile running scheme. Expect both man and zone blocking from the Bears, and they'll likely be running out of spread looks much more often than last year. Matt Forte is still the lead rusher, and he'll stay on the field on third downs as one of the league's best passing down backs. Michael Bush will spell him and take a third of the workload, including the majority of short-yardage runs and goal-line carries. New head coach Marc Trestman will run an offense more like what Jay Cutler ran in Denver. They'll use a lot of spread looks with more quick-hitters, short hitches and slants. Brandon Marshall is the primary target, a possession receiver who does most of his work facing the line of scrimmage. Alshon Jeffery will likely work underneath a little bit more in his second season. Slot receiver Earl Bennett should see an uptick in reps, though he's been marginalized by Marshall. TE Martellus Bennett will likely get the chance to flex out more, and Forte will catch plenty of screens. The Bears figure to lean heavily on the backs in the red zone, and when they do throw, Cutler usually force-feeds Marshall. New defensive coordinator Mel Tucker won't tinker much with this defense that led the NFL with 44 takeaways, including eight pick-sixes. DE Julius Peppers (111.5 career sacks) is still a menace, CBs Tim Jennings (NFL-high 9 INT) and Charles Tillman (10 FF, 3 TD) are outstanding, and 24-year-old SS Major Wright (4 INT) is a rising star in this league. New MLB D.J. Williams is a suitable replacement for the retired Brian Urlacher, working alongside accomplished WLB Lance Briggs and new SLB James Anderson.
MINNESOTA: The Vikings have adopted more of a versatile running scheme, mixing in a lot of man blocking with their usual zone stuff. Obviously, Adrian Peterson is the centerpiece of this offense, and after bringing him along somewhat slowly early last season, he'll be all-systems-go as a three-down workhorse this year. Toby Gerhart will occasionally spell him and would take a full workload if Peterson were to get hurt again. This is a West Coast passing game that has Christian Ponder moving around a lot. In the past, their favorite play had been to roll Ponder out with Percy Harvin for some long hand-offs. They'd like rookie Cordarrelle Patterson to take that role of the departed Harvin. TE Kyle Rudolph will also inherit those looks, and they'll involve Peterson in the screen game frequently. Greg Jennings will move around a lot and should be their leading receiver. Jerome Simpson is a pure deep threat, while third receiver Jarius Wright will line up inside and out, but is better working downfield. Not surprisingly, the Vikings continued to ride Peterson in the red zone (59 carries inside 20-yd line last season), and they'll do the same this year. When they throw, it's usually off play-action with Rudolph. The strength of this defense comes up front with 4-time All-Pro DE Jared Allen (117 career sacks) and 5-time All-Pro DT Kevin Williams (56.5 career sacks), plus first-round pick DT Sharrif Floyd and new DE Lawrence Jackson. The Vikings still have star SLB Chad Greenway (148 tackles, T-2nd in NFL) all over the field, but despite the defense's utter lack of playmakers, it added no significant free agents in the back seven. The subpar pass defense (244 YPG, 24th in NFL) got even weaker when it allowed top CB Antoine Winfield to sign elsewhere. CB Chris Cook and rookie CB Xavier Rhodes are a shaky starting duo.
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*Bears-Vikings Preview* =======================


The solid play of quarterback Josh McCown has helped alleviate any concern about the Chicago Bears having to rush Jay Cutler back from injury.

It's the other side of the ball that's presenting a much larger set of issues.

Chicago's NFL-worst rush defense faces another tough challenge Sunday as the Bears visit Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.

Cutler suffered a groin tear in a 45-41 loss at Washington on Oct. 20, then attempted to return three weeks later before leaving with a high left ankle sprain in a 21-19 defeat to Detroit on Nov. 10.

McCown, who had not thrown a pass in the league since his first stint with Chicago during the 2011 season, has been more than serviceable in five games and three starts, completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 1,106 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception while posting a 100.8 rating.

The 34-year-old veteran will get his third straight start Sunday, though coach Marc Trestman is hopeful Cutler can return when the Bears host Dallas on Dec. 9.

"I'm confident. I think Jay is confident. You have to leave yourself an opening, but there is no underlying information here," Trestman said. "It's week to week with the understanding that at some point in time he'll be back."

The defense is trying to remain confident as well despite allowing a league-worst 145.2 yards per game on the ground. The Bears (6-5), who have allowed at least 40 points on three occasions for the first time since 1964, gave up 258 rushing yards in last week's 42-21 loss at St. Louis.

It marked the most they've given up since Peterson ran for 224 of Minnesota's 311 yards as a rookie in the Vikings' 34-31 victory Oct. 14, 2007.

"We're going to continue to work at it," Trestman said. "There are a lot of teams working in the same environment in the league. We're not going to give up on it. We're going to continue to press the issue. We're going to work harder on it this week and try to get better. We certainly have to. We know what we're up against this week."

Chicago's 14 rushing touchdowns allowed are the second-most in the league.

"We're never going to say we can't get the problem fixed, because it is fixable," defensive end Julius Peppers said. "We're going to simplify it even more than it has been and we're going to keep continuing to work on it until it is fixed."

Peterson ranks first in the NFL with 10 rushing touchdowns and second with 997 yards. He's averaged 120.6 yards in his last three against the Bears, including 100 on 26 carries in Chicago's 31-30 victory Sept. 15.

He ran for a season-best 146 yards while adding a touchdown in last week's 26-26 tie against Green Bay. Peterson may be in for another big performance with Chicago missing linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive back Charles Tillman.

"When you get hit with injuries, it tends to have an effect depending on the depth of your team," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "They're going through what a lot of teams go through."

The Vikings (2-8-1) rushed for a season-best 232 yards last week, though they've struggled in plenty of other areas. They're giving up a league-worst 31.5 points per game and have forced only 14 turnovers.

Peterson took no consolation in last week's tie.

"It definitely wasn't celebration," Peterson said. "It is what it is."

Christian Ponder had one of his better performances of the season, though, finishing 21 of 30 for 233 yards and a touchdown. Frazier said Ponder, who threw for 227 yards with a TD and one interception in the first meeting with the Bears, will be back under center Sunday.

"The consistent play is what we're always looking for," Frazier said. "He had a good game, (now) put together another good game. There's no second-guessing about playing him. He earned it the way he played."

Minnesota will be getting its first look at McCown this season after Cutler hit tight end Martellus Bennett with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining to give the Bears the win in the first matchup.

McCown has benefited from the strong play of receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, whose combined 1,805 yards are the most of any tandem in the league.

Marshall caught a season-high 10 passes for 117 yards and his ninth touchdown last week, going over 100 yards for the third time in four games.

Frazier said linebacker Erin Henderson will play Sunday despite his Nov. 19 arrest for drunken driving. He will not start against the Bears, who have won seven of eight against Minnesota.

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