The Chicago Bears look to turn around their recent woes Sunday as they meet the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field in an NFC North showdown.
Chicago has lost three of their last four games and gave up their division lead last week with a 23-17 overtime letdown to the Seattle Seahawks.
The typically stout Bears defense failed to contain Seattle’s Russell Wilson, and let up a 13-yard touchdown score by receiver Sidney Rice midway through the extra period.
Quarterback Jay Cutler went 17-for-26 for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and receiver Brandon Marshall had 10 catches for 165 yards.
Despite their recent skid, the 8-4 Bears are clinging to a wild card spot and will try to fend off the Vikings.
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After a promising start to the season, Minnesota has dropped four of their last five games, even with running back Adrian Peterson lighting up the NFL.
Peterson gained 210 yards and a touchdown but the Vikings failed to score in the second half of their 23-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers last week.
The Vikings offense will continue to struggle after placing receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve earlier this week. Harvin hadn’t played since Week 9 due to a nasty ankle sprain, but he also suffered severe ligament damage.
Chicago also has some injury issues, though not as dire. Linebacker Brian Urlacher has been ruled out for Sunday’s contest due to a hamstring strain.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Chicago is favored by 3 points
Over/Under: 39 points
Prediction: Even with Urlacher out, the Bears defense should control this game from the start. Peterson will get his yards, but Minnesota will struggle to get in the endzone again, and Cutler should lead his team to a victory.
Predicted Score: Chicago 24, Minnesota 10