Vikings vs. Bears: 10 Keys to the Game for Minnesota

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Vikings vs. Bears: 10 Keys to the Game for Minnesota
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The Minnesota Vikings come out of their bye week with a giant opportunity Sunday against the Chicago Bears, who are tied for the NFC North lead.

The Vikings can tie the Bears at 7-4 with a road win in Chicago, but they'll have to buck recent history to do so as Minnesota is just 1-10 in their last 11 games at Soldier Field.

The Vikings are getting the Bears at an ideal time. While Minnesota has had two weeks to get ready for the matchup, the Bears had a short week of practice after getting battered 32-7 by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. 

After starting the year 7-1, the Bears have sputtered their last two times out, losing both games and scoring just 13 points total in the two losses.

Backup quarterback Jason Campbell has looked terrible in replacing starter Jay Cutler for the past game and a half. Cutler remains questionable for Sunday's game, still shaking off cobwebs after suffering a slight concussion against the Texans two weeks ago.

The Vikings are certainly on the uptick after putting together a solid all-around performance in beating the Detroit Lions 34-24. Adrian Peterson is coming off the best four-game stretch of his career, running for 629 yards and five touchdowns and continues to amaze as he is getting better and stronger as the year wears on.

Quarterback Christian Ponder broke out of brutal month-long slump against the Lions, throwing for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns and most importantly avoided any turnovers.

The Vikings head to Chicago for a very winnable game—one that could set the tone for the home stretch of the 2012 season.

Here are 10 keys for the Vikings to come out of Chicago with a win on Sunday.

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