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|Julius Peppers and the Bears have had success forcing interceptions while in the four-man rush.|
Coach: Lovie Smith | Record including playoffs: 81-63
Career record (including playoffs) vs. Leslie Frazier: 3-0 | Career record vs. Vikings: 10-6
Last week: Lost to San Francisco 49ers 32-7.
Key stat:In their seven victories this season, the Bears intercepted a pass once in every 15.2 opponent attempts when utilizing a four-man pass rush, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Yet in the three losses, Chicago generated only one interception on 58 attempts with its four-man pass rush.
Offense rank: 30th (299.3 ypg) | Defense rank: fifth (311.9 ypg).
|Brandon Marshall has been targeted 14 times in the red zone this season.|
Offensive leader: Brandon Marshall leads the Bears with 14 red-zone targets, while no other receiver on the roster has been targeted more than four times in the red zone, according to ESPN Stats & Information. When throwing to Marshall, Bears quarterbacks complete 64.3 percent of their passes in the red zone for five touchdowns. Yet they’ve hit just 56.3 percent of throws to the rest of the receivers in the red zone with just two TDs.
Defensive leader: Cornerback Charles Tillman, who ran back an interception 22 yards for a touchdown the last time these teams met, leads the NFL with seven forced fumbles and is tied for the league lead with two INTs returned for touchdowns. Tillman has scored a franchise-high seven TDs on interception returns, and is one of two players since 1991 to generate 30 or more interceptions and 30 or more forced fumbles.
Coach: Leslie Frazier | Record: 12-20
Career head-to-head record vs. Smith: 0-3 | Career record vs. Bears: 0-3
Last week: Defeated the Detroit Lions 34-24.
Key stat: The Vikings are 17-6 in games coming off a bye week since 1990, which includes the club’s last win at Soldier Field When Adrian Peterson rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie in 2007.
Offense rank: 20th (340.9 ypg) | Defense rank: 13th (340.7 ypg).
|Adrian Peterson has proved that he's as strong as ever after last season's ACL injury.|
Offensive leader: Running back Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 1,128 rushing yards, which is just 100 yards fewer than the combined output of all seven Chicago rushers this season. Peterson is tied for second in the NFL with seven rushing TDs and has gained 100 yards or more in four consecutive games.
Defensive leader: Defensive end Jared Allen broke the franchise single-season sack record in 2011 (22 sacks), and posted a season-high 3.5 sacks the last time the Vikings faced the Bears. Since coming into the league in 2004, Allen has posted 112 sacks, which ranks as the most of any player during that span.