Nuts & Bolts: Bears-Vikings
When: 7:20 p.m. Sunday | TV: NBC | RADIO:780 AM, WBBM & 105.9 FM
Coach: Lovie Smith | Record including playoffs: 67-55 | Last week: Lost to Lions 24-13
Career head-to-head record (including playoffs) vs. Leslie Frazier: 1-0
Career record (including playoffs) vs. Vikings: 8-6
Key stat: In this series, the home team has won 15 of the last 18 games. Since 2002, the visiting team has won just three times. The Bears are 7-1 since 2003 against the Vikings at the new Soldier Field.
Offense rank: 23rd (318.0 ypg) | Defense rank: 29th (419.6 ypg)
Defensive leader: Cornerback Charles Tillman appears to be the slumping defense’s most consistent player over the first five games. Since 2003, Tillman leads all NFL defensive backs with 26 forced fumbles over 119 games. Interestingly, with 12 forced fumbles over that time span, safety Chris Harris is tied for ninth among defensive backs.
Career record against Bears: 0-1 | Last week: Defeated the Cardinals 34-10
Key stat: The Vikings have surrendered 4,461 rushing yards over the past four seasons, which ranks as the second-fewest in the NFL over that time span. The Vikings have allowed just six 100-yard rushing performance from 2006-11.
Offense rank:24th (315.8 ypg) | Defense rank:14th (348.2 ypg)
Defensive leader: Defensive end Jared Allen leads the league in sacks (8.5). Since coming into the league in 2004, Allen has racked up 91.5 career sacks, which ranks as the best among all players during that time span. In six career games against the Bears, Allen has posted 8.5 sacks, an interception and forced a fumble.