Updated score: (Chicago wins 39-10)
The Minnesota Vikings travel to Chicago to play the Bears in a Sunday night matchup in front of the whole nation. Given that these two teams are both fighting to stay out of the basement of the NFC North, this prime-time divisional game could end up being one of the most interesting of the weekend.
The visiting Minnesota Vikings come in to this game with a 1-4 record and a big win last week against the Arizona Cardinals. Their defense and run-game have hit their respective strides, being really the only things holding Minnesota up at this point. RE Jared Allen has already recorded a league-leading 8.5 sacks this season, and is chasing down Michael Strahan's sack record. Meanwhile, All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson remains one of the league's top rushers, recording 3 touchdowns in the first quarter alone against Arizona. The real issue for the Vikings has been their production through the air offensively. QB Donovan McNabb has not played well in any of the Vikings' game so far this season, but the fact that the Vikings don't have a clear-cut No. 1 receiver doesn't help them either. They will need their offense to step up to have any chance in this game - if they can keep their offense on the field long enough to get their defense some rest, we shouldn't see any more second-half collapses.
The Bears look forward to this home matchup against the Vikings after a tough loss on Monday Night Football to the Detroit Lions that left them with a 2-3 record. The traditionally strong Bears defense has been very anemic this season. Last week, they allowed Detroit RB Jahvid Best 163 rushing yards and a touchdown on 9.1 yards per carry - This could be dangerous with the NFL's top RB Adrian Peterson coming to town. Offensively, the Bears have their ups and downs. RB Matt Forte has accounted for more than half of the offense's production, leading the team in both rushing and receiving yards. Jay Cutler is still an upper echelon QB, but his production has been staggered by a worthless offensive line and an inconsistent group of receivers. Chicago's passing game is nowhere near where it needs to be for them to beat the Vikings. The Bears need to feed the ball to Matt Forte and really step up on defense to hold off their divisional rival.