The 8-4 Chicago Bears will be taking on the 6-6 Minnesota Vikings this week on the road. Minnesota’s Mall of America Field will host this week’s game against a couple old school rivals. The Bears have Cutler back and have been one of the NFC’s toughest teams this season. Minnesota, though, has been fairly strong and has surprised some teams. Adrian Peterson appears to be 100 plus percent and has rushed better then ever this season. The game could certainly go either way as both teams have seen recent success, but are both coming off losing weeks.
Last week the Bears did fall at home to a tough Seattle Seahawks team 23-17. The win helped Seattle get to 7-5, which helped set them up in good position for the playoffs. The loss came late in the game as the Seahawks engineered the win in overtime by scoring a touchdown on their first possession of the extra period. The Seahawks had struggled on the road most of the year, and really looked good against a tough Chicago defense.
The Vikings also are coming off a loss after falling to the Green Bay Packers 23-14 last week. The Packers moved to 8-4 with the win, but did not dominate the game by any means. The Vikings even looked like they may win the game at several points. That certainly would have been a tall-task and huge win. Considering how good the Packers are at home, especially this time of year, the win would really have been one that could of greatly helped their playoff hopes.