The Chicago Bears suffered their worst loss of the season last week, and will try to recover Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to return after sitting out the Bears loss to the San Francisco 49ers due to a concussion.
Jason Campbell started in Cutler’s place, and while he did not play well, the loss could not entirely be placed on his shoulders.
The Bears suffered breakdowns along each part of the team, especially the offensive line, which allowed six sacks for a loss of 49 yards.
Chicago’s typically stout defense also surrendered two touchdowns to backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who filled in for an also-concussed Alex Smith.
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As Cutler returns Chicago meets a Minnesota team thats on the cusp of making the playoffs.
The Vikings are coming off a buy and have two games against the Bears, and two against the Green Bay Packers, with a two-game road trip to St. Louis and Houston in between.
Sunday’s matchup against Chicago should prove critical to Minnesota’s playoff hopes.
The Vikings completed a season sweep of the Detroit Lions in Week 10 by a score of 34-24, and can gain advantage of Chicago who is only one game ahead in the NFC North standings.
Running back Adrian Peterson continues to defy medical logic by gaining 171 yards and a touchdown against Detroit, and already has 1,128 yards on the season with six games to go.
Quarterback Christian Ponder also avoided throwing an interception for the first time in five games, and went 24-for-32 for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
More pressure will be on Peterson with wide receiver Percy Harvin sidelined for a second consecutive game with a severely sprained ankle.
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 6.5 points
Over/Under: 39 points
Prediction: The return of Cutler won't make much of a difference, as this game will come down to Peterson and Chicago's Matt Forte. Whichever running back has the better game will lead his team to a win. Look for Minnesota to pull out a close victory.
Predicted Score: Minnesota 24, Chicago 13