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    The 2-3 Bears take on the 1-4 Vikings on Sunday night to fight over who is the worst team in the NFC North. It's a game the Bears need to win to keep postseason hopes alive, but with injuries and benchings, it won't be easy. What do you need to know before kick

    Reshuffling lines, part I: That Julius Peppers knee injury is a bigger problem than originally thought. He was listed as doubtful, and Matt Toeina is out. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Henry Melton will move over into Peppers spot, with Amobi Okoye starting at defensive tackle.

    Reshuffling lines, part II: After drawing five offensive penalties on Monday night, ESPN reports that Frank Omiyale will be benched in favor of Lance Louis. With Jared Allen focusing on ruining Jay Cutler's night, this might get ugly.

    Injuries, injuries, injuries: It doesn't end on the D-line. Kellen Davis is questionable with an elbow injury. Gabe Carimi is still out. It's possible Earl Bennett will return from his chest injury.

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    AP All day: Those defensive line issues will be magnified by Adrian Peterson, who is second in the NFL in rushing yards. Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher have to be ready to stop Peterson or the game will get ugly. Quickly.

    That bench is crowded: Omiyale isn't the only one who lost his starting job. Veteran safeties Chris Harris and Brandon Merriweather won't start on Sunday night after getting burned by Detroit on Monday.

    History lesson: Sunday will be the 101st time the Vikings and the Bears play. Minnesota has the edge, with a record of 52-46-2. The last time the two teams played, Corey Wootton sacked Brett Favre into retirement. For that, Wootton should always have a special place in your heart.

    Stick with NBC for the game tonight, then Sports Sunday after the game. Follow Grizzly Detail on Twitter for updates throughout the game.