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November 21, 2012

NFL capsule: Vikings-Bears

MINNESOTA (6-4) At CHICAGO (7-3)

Sunday, Noon, FOX

OPENING LINE — OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 5-5; Chicago 5-5

SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 52-48-2

AP Pro32 RANKING — Vikings No. 14; Bears No. 8

LAST MEETING — Bears beat Vikings 17-13, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK — Vikings had bye; Bears lost to San Francisco 32-7

VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (3), PASS (30)

VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13T), RUSH (14), PASS (16)

BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (8), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams meet twice in next three weeks, with Bears visiting Vikings Dec. 9. ... Vikings had dropped two straight before beating Detroit Nov. 11. ... RB Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 1,128 yards rushing — more than 21 teams.

Has run for at least 100 in four straight games for second time in career. Team record five straight with 100 or more by Robert Smith. Peterson also tied for second in league with seven TD runs. ...

WR Percy Harvin tied for eighth in NFL with 62 receptions. Harvin has caught pass in every game he's played in, including playoffs (56). Harvin (35.9) also second in kickoff return average at 35.9 yards. ... K Blair Walsh 5 for 5 on field goal attempts of at least 50 yards. ...

DE Jared Allen has 13 sacks in eight games against Bears, including 3 1/2 in last year's finale. ... Bears coming off back-to-back losses to Houston and San Francisco. ... Chicago leads NFL with 30 takeaways — five in red zone, tying New England and New Orleans for league lead. ...

Bears have seven defensive TDs, all on interception returns. ... Bears have outscored opponents 249-165 and rank fifth in point differential. ...

QB Jay Cutler missed Monday's game with concussion. Has thrown for 11,073 yards as Bear and needs 131 to pass Jim McMahon. Jim Harbaugh second on club's list with 11,567. ...

WR Brandon Marshall just two catches for 21 yards last week. ... Charles Tillman tied third most in team history and the lead among Bears CBs with Donnell Woolford in INTs (32). ...

CB Tim Jennings leads NFL with eight INTs this season.

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