The Vikings are coming off a loss to the 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions on road in Week 1 and the Bears are coming off a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at home.
The two teams split last team's games. Each won at home and lost on the road. The Bears won at Soldier 28-10 in Week 12 and the Vikings won 21-14 at Mall of America Field in Week 14.
Best Individual Matchup
The best individual matchup is Adrian Peterson vs. Lance Briggs. The MVP running back in a one-on-one battle against the Bears' starting strong side linebacker will worth the price of admission. Briggs, an 11-year veteran and seven-time Pro Bowler, has recorded seven tackles in the Bears' season-opening win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Keys to a Vikings Victory
No. 1 - Slow Forte. Matt Forte is as good as a dual threat running back as there is in the NFL. He has the size, speed and hands to give the Vikings' linebackers problems. Forte is more than capable to top the performance of Reggie Bush.
No. 2 - Sustain Drives. The Vikings had nine drives that totaled five offensive plays or less, including five that were three-and-out. Granted three of those drives ended with touchdowns, but only three drives took more than two minutes and 30 seconds off the clock.
Outlook: The Vikings have a tough start to the season with inter-division road games. But, with a new head coach in Chicago, now may be the best time to be playing the Bears. The Vikings have struggled in Soldier Field and have left little reason for optimism following its Week 1 performance. The Vikings need to correct a lot of things as the season moves forward. Getting Kevin Williams back from injury will be a big boost, but it won't be enough. Bears 28, Vikings 17.