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


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 SportsThe 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:


Kyle RudolphTEFootDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Josh RobinsonCBChestDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Chad GreenwayLBWristFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Fred EvansDTKneeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Matt AsiataRBShoulderFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Xavier RhodesCBConcussionFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Kevin WilliamsDTQuadricepFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Brian RobisonDEIllnessFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Adrian PetersonRBGroinFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Andrew SendejoSFootFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Joe WebbWRConcussionFull Participation in PracticeProbable


Derrick MartinCBHamstringLimited Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Stephen PaeaDTToeFull Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Lance BriggsLBShoulderOut (Definitely Will Not Play)Out
Anthony WaltersSGroinOut (Definitely Will Not Play)Out
Major WrightSHamstringLimited Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Matt ForteRBKneeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Robbie GouldKIllnessDid Not Participate In PracticeProbable
Jay CutlerQBAnkleOut (Definitely Will Not Play)Out
Brandon MarshallWRQuadricepFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Jay RatliffDTGroinFull Participation in PracticeQuestionable


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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