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Published: Fri, October 30, 2015
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Vikings looking to end seven-game skid in Chicago

Vikings looking to end seven-game skid in Chicago

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 28-19 on Sunday.

The Vikings have not won at Soldier Field since 2007 and they've already heard about it from their head coach.

Well, that's a good angle, and likely a good motivator for the troops.

That's a long time ago-eight years-but only Peterson, Chad Greenway and Brian Robinson (and fans) remember all the losses. But they'll need more than that to beat a Bears team that's coming off a bye week and is coached by John Fox, who is 10-3 in his career in games after the bye week. "We work our tails off", cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said.

Notes: Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who missed last week's game at Detroit, didn't practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play this week. That's easier said than done considering two of the team's wins are against a Lions team that essentially abandons the run the moment the game starts. Right now that's trying to get a win, and we have to play very well this week to get a win. "That's our goal, to get a win and get back home".

After the way, they came roaring back at Ford Field after spotting the Lions an early 14-3 lead, and riding a two-game winning streak, perhaps this is the year that the Vikings can finally snap this drought against their NFC North division rivals.

"I was preparing myself since day one, and I knew I was going to have to sharpen my blade when I wasn't getting any game time", Diggs told the team's official website. "We really have to contain him and stop the run, it's going to open everything for everybody".

On the surface, it looks like the Vikings should handle the Bears easily, yet Vegas only has them as a one-point favorite.

It's just not clear who will be snapping him the ball when the Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Jeffery is probably the Bears most talented player but has struggled with injuries this season. And if the defense is taking care of business, then the crowd is quieter. Thus, there has been a revolving door of veteran defenders leaving the team, including relatively recent departure-former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. With the Green Bay Packers on a bye and remaining unbeaten at 6-0, it was especially important for the Vikings to rise to the occasion and win a game against a team they were expected to beat. "But I think he's not too upset about being in Carolina, where they're undefeated".

The quarterback is more anxious about the blitzing Vikings defense and a diminished offensive line.

For a time last week, it looked like the Minnesota Vikings weren't quite ready to take the step from fringe contender to legitimate playoff threat.

And then they will be off to slay even bigger, nastier dragons. "But they're still an aggressive defense; they still get after it. They've got a few good players so we definitely have got our hands full".

Diggs will face a Chicago defense that is allowing only 220.0 passing yards per game - sixth in the NFL - but is yielding the third-highest passer rating against (108.6) in the league. The Bears are tied for last in the league, giving up 29.8 points per game. Chicago's defense enters the week 25th against the run, allowing opposing teams an average of 124.8 yards.

Peterson, for one, does not see Bridgewater getting rattled again.

When the Vikings travel into Soldier Field this weekend, they will whip out their sword and do battle with another dragon that has been haunting them for a long time.

"For him to see him, his vision is starting to expand", Zimmer said.

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