Key Matchups: Bears vs. Vikings

These matchups will determine the game this Sunday. Can the Bears win the player battles?

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Quarterbacks | Advantage = Bears
Cutler is back and will serve as effective as long as the Bears offensive line keeps him upright. Ponder threw an inexcusable interception in the last game, stealing the Viking's chance of earning a seven-point lead.
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Running back | Advantage=Vikings
nAlthough the Vikings lost their last game, Adrian Peterson has been a force on the team and even scored the longest touchdown of his career in his last game. The Bears' Matt Forte has been a disappointment over the past few games and it is questionable whether he will improve this game.
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Defensive | Advantage=Bears
nViking Jared Allen is said to be undergoing an MRI after complaints of lower back spasms and a torn labrum in his shoulder. Athough he is likely to still play at the game, his injury could serve as a potential setback, leaving the Bears with the advantage.
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Wide Receiver | Advantage= Bears
nDue to an ankle injury, Harvin's participation in Sunday's game is not confirmed. Hester was out for a concussion last game, but the team remains hopeful he will return for Sunday's game.
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Coaches | Advantage=Vikings
nVikings coach Leslie Frazier has done an admirable job of steering a rebuilding team to a winning record. He remains optimistic despite the Viking's loss against the Packers.
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