This would not be a good weekend for another ugly game by the Bears. Minnesota (3-5) comes to Chicago (5-3) on Sunday looking for something to get it back into the playoff race. A win over the Bears would do it.
This would not be a good weekend for another ugly game by the Bears.
Minnesota (3-5) comes to Chicago (5-3) on Sunday looking for something to get it back into the playoff race. A win over the Bears would do it.
“This is a huge game for us, and a huge game for them,” Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. “This will be a very intense game. They’ve got to win, and we want to keep winning.”
The Bears are at Miami (Nov. 18) then host Philadelphia (Nov. 28) after taking on the Vikings. They also still have the Patriots and Jets on their schedule, as well as another game against Minnesota and Green Bay down the stretch.
The Vikings’ remaining schedule features home games against Green Bay, Buffalo, the New York Giants and the Bears, and road games at Washington, Philadelphia and Detroit.
Harvin out, Rice in?
Though Vikings head coach Brad Childress would not tip off reporters during Wednesday’s teleconference, it’s looking more and more like Minnesota will do a wide receiver swap this weekend.
Minnesota wideout Percy Harvin missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, while Sidney Rice seems ready to play for the first time this season. Harvin, who has struggled with migraine headaches the past two years, also has an ankle injury and has not practiced all week. Rice returned last week but did not play in the Arizona game. They are both listed as questionable, but it looks like it’s going to be Rice in and Harvin out.
The Bears don’t seem to care who’s in at wideout.
“They can put whoever they want to out there,” Chicago defensive back D.J. Moore said. “We know they’re going to throw it and they have a lot of weapons. But we’re not worried about which one is where. We’re just going to go after them.”
Berrian still a ‘trooper’
Another Viking wide receiver, and former Bear, Bernard Berrian had a solid game last week, catching nine balls for 89 yards in a comeback win over Arizona.
But it was his first decent showing all season, despite being the only wide receiver with any speed to start the season healthy.
“He was nicked all of last year and really wasn’t able to develop a rhythm with Brett until the NFC Championship game. But he’s always been there and been steady,” Childress said. “Things haven’t gone the way he would like to see them go, but the one thing I have to say about Bernard is he’s a trooper.”
A trooper? He trooped lazily around the practice field while in Chicago and hasn’t done any better in Minnesota.
Favre no comeback ‘kid’
Brett Favre led the Vikings back from 14 down in the fourth quarter of an overtime win over Arizona last weekend, but some Bears players will not go as far as to call him the old classic nickname that usually follows those types of performances.
Mainly because he’s 41 years old.
“You can’t really call him a kid anymore, so I can’t call him the Comeback Kid,” Bears defensive lineman Anthony Adams said with a smile. “But he did it again. He can do that to you.”
Jay Taft covers the Chicago Bears for the Rockford Register Star. He can be reached at 815-987-1384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.