One week after surrendering the lead in the NFC North, the Chicago Bears look to earn a vital division win against the Minnesota Vikings. Adrian Peterson and company are out for revenge after getting stomped by the Bears at Soldier Field two weeks ago, and a crucial injury on the Chicago defense may be the break the Vikes need.
These three factors will have the most to say about which team comes out on top on Sunday afternoon:
1. How will the Chicago defense fare without Brian Urlacher?
A strained hamstring suffered in last week’s loss to Seattle has Chicago middle linebacker Brian Urlacher sidelined for Sunday’s game. The Bears’ defense has carried the team all year, but now it will need to adjust to the loss of its emotional linchpin—not to mention one of its most versatile players.