Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams (58) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Bears at Vikings: TV Schedule, Game Time, Odds, Injury Report, Preview


The 2-8-1 Minnesota Vikings host the 6-5 Chicago Bears, Sunday, December 1. Kick-off is at Noon CT from Mall of America Field at The Metrodome in Minneapolis. The game will be televised on FOX (visit 506 Sports to see what games are scheduled in your area).

Point Spread: Minnesota -1

Over/Under: 50

Injury Report:

Minnesota

Kyle Rudolph TE Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Josh Robinson CB Chest Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Chad Greenway LB Wrist Full Participation in Practice Probable
Fred Evans DT Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Matt Asiata RB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Xavier Rhodes CB Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable
Kevin Williams DT Quadricep Full Participation in Practice Probable
Brian Robison DE Illness Full Participation in Practice Probable
Adrian Peterson RB Groin Full Participation in Practice Probable
Andrew Sendejo S Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
Joe Webb WR Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable

Chicago

Derrick Martin CB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Stephen Paea DT Toe Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Lance Briggs LB Shoulder Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Anthony Walters S Groin Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Major Wright S Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Matt Forte RB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Robbie Gould K Illness Did Not Participate In Practice Probable
Jay Cutler QB Ankle Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Brandon Marshall WR Quadricep Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jay Ratliff DT Groin Full Participation in Practice Questionable

 

Preview

For a second straight week the Vikings will put on their spoiler hats. The Bears are still in the thick of the division and wild card races despite the loss of Jay Cutler. Chicago will go with Josh McCown, who has filled in ably at quarterback with Cutler on the shelf.

The issue for Chicago isn’t quarterback, it’s defense, and specifically the run defense. Chicago is giving up an altogether unacceptable amount of yardage on the ground, a flaw the Vikings will try mightily to exploit. Adrian Peterson has a nagging groin injury but will be ready to go against a Bears unit that is surrendering a league-worst 145 yards per game on the ground.

The Vikings’ defense will face a tough test against the Bears’ array of weapons. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are a great receiving tandem, and Matt Forte is a strong runner. Mark Trestman has the Bears’ offense clicking in his first year as head coach.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will face a Bears secondary depleted by injury. Ponder performed okay last week against Green Bay but overall has not exactly inspired confidence with his play. His best weapon recently has been TE John Carlson. Rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been getting more snaps but has yet to produce on a consistent basis. Greg Jennings has been invisible in recent weeks.

Can the Vikings come out strong at home against a Bears team that still has playoff aspirations? Can Christian Ponder avoid the big mistake the way he did last week? Can Adrian Peterson tear up a woeful Bears defense?

Prediction: Chicago 24, Minnesota 21

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