November 13, 2014

MINNESOTA (5-1) at CHICAGO (1-6)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Vikings by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 5-1, Chicago 1-6

SERIES RECORD - Minnesota leads 57-51-2

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Bears 38-17, Dec. 20, 2015

LAST WEEK - Vikings lost to Philadelphia 21-10; Bears lost to Green Bay 26-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 5, Bears No. 30

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (26).

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (3), PASS (4).

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16T), RUSH (25), PASS (11).

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (17), PASS (16).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Minnesota, one of four teams with one loss or less, was last to lose in NFL this season. ... Vikings tied for league lead with average of 14 points allowed, fewest through six games for this franchise since 1988. ... Vikings lead NFL in turnover margin (plus-11) and turnovers forced (16). ... Minnesota allowing 222 yards a game passing, 81.7 rushing. ... Without RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota struggling to run ball, ahead of only Giants in NFL. ... Vikings trying to win consecutive road games against Bears for first time since 1999-2000. ... QB Sam Bradford was sacked six times, lost two of his four fumbles and threw interception against former team last week. ... With Thursday night game last week and bye coming up, this is Chicago's lone game in 23-day span. ... Bears are averaging league-low 15.9 points. ... Chicago is one of four teams with one win or less. ... Bears are off to worst start since 2000 team dropped seven of first eight. ... With QB Brian Hoyer breaking left arm against Green Bay, Jay Cutler back after missing past five games because of sprained right thumb. Cutler is 8-5 in 13 career starts against Vikings, his most victories against any team, with 26 TD passes and 14 interceptions and average of 234.5 yards passing per game. He's 6-1 at Soldier Field against Minnesota. ... RB Jordan Howard ranks second among NFL rookies with 352 yards rushing. ... Rookie LB Leonard Floyd coming off two-sack game against Green Bay, first multi-sack game of career. ... K Connor Barth is 9 of 12 on field goals. ... Fantasy Tip: Expect more from Bears WR Alshon Jeffery with Cutler more likely to go deep than Hoyer. Jeffery averaged 100.5 yards receiving with Cutler starting first two games. In five with Hoyer, he averaged 63.8.

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