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By Christian West

After the Bears' Monday-night debacle against the Lions, there might not be a worse team for them to face than the Vikings.

The Bears' offensive line looked overmatched on almost every passing play. The Vikings are second in the league in sacks, and Jared Allen is on pace to shatter the single-season sack record.

The Bears' defense, especially the sa feties, took poor angles against the run in the second half Monday night. For the season, the Bears have been poor against the run, allowing 5.7 yards per carry. The Vikings have the league's second-leading — and probably it's most talented and explosive — rusher in Adrian Peterson.

The best offensive weapon the Bears have, by far, is RB Matt Forté. The Vikings are tied for fourth in the league at stopping the run and only allow 3.3 yards per carry.

Virtually everything that the Vikings do well, the Bears do its counterpart poorly. If the Vikings can get off to the fast start that they have in games thus far this season, and let an already nervous Chicago crowd experience a little more angst, they can pull off the upset.

The key will be Donovan McNabb. If he can convert a few crucial third downs and let the Vikings get an early lead behind the running of Peterson, the Vikings can turn DEs Allen and Brian Robison loose to get after Jay Cutler. Considering how OTs J'Marcus Webb and Frank Omiyale have played this season, that could get ugly. I like the upset here.

Vikings 20, Bears 10

Season record: 1-1

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