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Vikings inactives vs. Bears:
RB Jerick McKinnon,
S Andrew Sendejo,
WR Jarius Wright,
PR Marcus Sherels,
DT Sharrif Floyd,
TE MyCole Pruitt,
G Zac Kerin.

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Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears: prediction, preview, pick to win
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Updated Oct. 31, 2016 at 12:51 PM


Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery warms up before the Bears' home opener at Soldier Field in Chicago on September 19, 2016. Jeffery averaged 100 yards receiving in games Cutler played and 63 in the games Brian Hoyer started this season. Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
Minnesota Vikings (5-1) at Chicago Bears (1-6)

KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Soldier Field. TV: ESPN, Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters.

SERIES HISTORY: 110th regular-season meeting. Vikings lead series 57-50-2. The Vikings have won the last three, including last year's game at Soldier Field, 23-20. The Bears have won seven of the last eight against the Vikings at Soldier Field.

GAMEDATE: 10/31/16

KEYS TO THE GAME:

Line issues are the chief concern for the Minnesota Vikings, reeling after their first loss of the season at Philadelphia last week.

The Bears are equipped with edge rushers and rookie first-round pick Leonard Floyd had his best game of the year last week. Adjustments are coming from offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and getting rid of the ball on quick reads in shotgun formation could ease pressure on Bradford.

The Packers had three receivers with at least 10 catches against Chicago in Week 7. The Vikings, who are growing the role of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, needed points from their special teams -- Marcus Sherels' punt return and a last-second field goal -- to tip the Bears at Soldier Field last season.

Predicting what's coming from Chicago's offense is a bit of a Rubik's Cube with Jay Cutler reinstalled at quarterback and paired for the first time with rookie RB Jordan Howard.

Cutler and WR Alshon Jeffery have dinged the Vikings' defense for five touchdown catches in the past five meetings.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

--Bears WR Alshon Jeffery vs. Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes. Jeffery averaged 100 yards receiving in games Cutler played and 63 in the games Brian Hoyer started. Rhodes has four career interceptions. These two usually get matched up in Bears-Vikings games, and Rhodes is bigger and more equipped to handle Jeffery in jump ball situations than other Vikings cornerbacks. He'll face this and the back-shoulder throws because these are two of Cutler's favorite weapons when going to Jeffery, both in goal line situations and on the rest of the field.

--Bears LB Leonard Floyd vs. Vikings LT T.J. Clemmings or OT Jake Long. Floyd two sacks, a forced fumble and TD recovery last week. Long gave up two strip sacks that helped turn the game against the Eagles. Long has only been with the Vikings a short time, so expecting him to know the offense well enough to step right in and play due to injuries wasn't realistic -- coach Mike Zimmer admitted as much this week. However, Long was beaten in matchups that had little to do with not knowing an assignment.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT:

Bears LB Pernell McPhee. The Bears got their most dynamic defensive player back against Green Bay when he played 19 snaps with virtually no practice time since the 2015 season due to knee surgery. McPhee had minimal impact, just one quarterback hurry. His strength and explosiveness are critical off the edge against both the run and pass, but in his 19 snaps against the Packers he showed little burst as he tries to work himself back into game shape. Whether he's able to do this in the second half of the season will dictate largely how well the defense bounces back from an injury-plagued, difficult start to the season.

INJURY REPORT:

Minnesota -- Out: DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), C/G Zac Kerin (hand), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle), S Andrew Sendejo, (ankle). Questionable: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion), TE MyCole Pruitt (knee), CB Marcus Sherels (wrist), WR Jarius Wright (ankle).

Chicago -- Out: CB Deiondre' Hall, ankle. Doubtful: NT Eddie Goldman (ankle), OT Kyle Long (triceps), WR Eddie Royal (toe). Questionable: CB Bryce Callahan (hamstring), RB Jeremy Langford (ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), WR Cameron Meredith (shoulder), CB Tracy Porter (knee), G Josh Sitton (ankle).

FAST FACTS:

-- Vikings WR Stefon Diggs had three TD receptions in two games against the Bears last season.

-- Bears RB Jordan Howard ranks second among NFL rookies with 352 rush yards.

-- Bears WR Cameron Meredith has nine-plus receptions in two of the past three games.

PREDICTION:

Spending a week with a honked-off head coach, Mike Zimmer, will be motivation for the Vikings, and their defense needs no prodding to put the squeeze on the Chicago Bears.

OUR PICK: Vikings, 24-15.

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In okinawa on a tour bus right now so I won't be able to watch the game until I can access free WiFi at the next hotel.

Big game in the division since both the Packers and Lions lost. Vikings can gain a full game if they can take care of business today.

Hoping for a better result than last week.

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Randy Moss dressed as an actual viking.

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Not a good start. Tells me we are still not ready on offense.

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We need to throw Cutler around a bit... that usually wrecks his confidence and he becomes ineffective.

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If you thought Sendejo was bad, just wait until you see his replacement!

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We look so bad

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Already giving up bombs. This team is pretty depleted injury wise.


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Could have been worse, I guess. :v):

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Already giving up bombs. This team is pretty depleted injury wise.


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Kearse was taken out already. I Wonder why they started him and not Harris?

Defense not good, offense not good so far. Not happy with this start. We need to win this game big, not just win this game.

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Cutler has such a punchable face. :mrgreen:

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well this isn't going well good luck bradford! Ill miss you

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Receivers have to get open, too... that wasn't all on the o-line.

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You know it is bad when Jeff Locke is your best player so far.

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Run stuff on 1st down. Repeat..

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The X-Man! :rock: :rock: :rock:

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Why can't our defensive backs catch the freakin' ball???

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At the 50, come on, at least tie the game up.


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PurpleMustReign wrote:
Why can't our defensive backs catch the freakin' ball???


I'm just happy he didn't get caught napping like the whole D-line did on that play.

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#72 Long, not looking too bad so far. Fingers crossed.

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The NFL with all the money they have, can't have an extra ref available in case one gets sick or hurt? Seriously?

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This better not be a running play

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Should have run it.

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Hell of a play call! :lol:

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Well... we threw the ball... nobody caught it, though.

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Yaaayyyy we gained a whopping 20 yards. Why not just go for it? :confused:

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Why can't the Vikings just win a game outright? Between miscommunication, bad passes, and routes short of the marker, we look like a bunch of clowns out there.

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