TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Mall of America Field
Weather: High 37, Low 22
After a tough week in which the Chicago Bears were blown out on the road by the St. Louis Rams, the Bears are looking to rebound and take down a divisional rival. Suffering an injury a few weeks ago, Jay Cutler looks to be out yet another week and if the Bears keep winning like they had been before week 12, he might be out of Chicago soon — Cutler has passed for 1,908 yards and 13 scores on the year. Brandon Marshall is the team’s top receiver with 74 catches for 945 yards and nine touchdowns while Alshon Jeffery is an up-and-coming star wide out who has 58 catches for 860 yards and three scores. Matt Forte leads the rushing attack with 841 yards and seven touchdowns on 4.5 yards per carry.
After a 10-win campaign just one year ago, the Minnesota Vikings were hoping for a little more success in 2013 but have had anything but so far. With just two wins and a measly tie on the season, the Vikings are looking to take down a divisional rival for the second straight week. Christian Ponder has been trusted as the team’s starting quarterback, passing for 1,608 yards and seven touchdowns but the Vikings may be leaning toward picking up a QB in the upcoming draft. Greg Jennings has struggled this season just as the pass game has, catching 36 passes for 439 yards and two scores. Adrian Peterson continues to be one of the best running backs in the league, rushing for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Vikings have had a lot of trouble this season. Ranking dead-last in points allowed per game and third-to-last in yards allowed per game, the Vikings haven’t had the easiest time keeping teams out of the endzone. Chicago hasn’t been much better defensively this season, ranking 28th in points allowed, 25th in total yards allowed and dead-last in rushing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Bears 28, Vikings 30