Bears vs. Vikings Preview

The Chicago Bears look to bounce back from their two game losing streak as they take on the visiting Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. The game will be at 1:00 pm eastern and will be shown on FOX.

Why you should watch: Any and every game between two NFC North foes is a heated and intense affair, and this game should be no different. Minnesota comes in looking to get their season back on track after starting well, but slipping of late. Chicago will be fired up to get their starting quarterback Jay Cutler back and will look to end their two game losing streak to try to keep pace in the NFC North race.

What to watch for: The Bears will be thrilled to get Jay Cutler back for this game. Chicago has said that Cutler passed all of his concussion tests leading up to this game, and he will be under center for the first time since getting knocked out in the Houston game. Cutler brings an added element to the offense, one that was lacking against San Francisco and one that will help Chicago against a tough Vikings defense. His return should help get Matt Forte going as well, and this balance could mean a long day for the visiting Vikings.

Key matchups: With Percy Harvin missing his second straight game for Minnesota, the burden will fall once again on the shoulders of Adrian Peterson. Peterson has been otherworldly in his return from a torn ACL last year, as he is in the top 5 in rushing offense this year, less than a year removed from his injury. He continues to impress each week, but will face another tough test with the Bears keying on him in order to slow the Minnesota offense. If the Bears can contain him and force Christian Ponder to beat them, the advantage goes to the Bears. If Peterson can break free like he has so many times, the Bears could be in trouble.

The Pick: I’m going with the Bears in this one, 24-16. The Vikings should be able to keep it close with Peterson and their clock-control offense, but having Cutler back will help the Bears, who will be looking to prove they still belong in the elite class of the NFC.

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