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    Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

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    (Sports Network) - For Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, it is back to the scene of the crime.

    The last time Grossman took the field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, he left on a cart after suffering a torn right ACL that knocked him out for the final 13 games of the 2004 season. Grossman, who re-habbed the injury only to suffer a broken fibula in the 2005 preseason, has battled back to earn a starting job as the Bears head into Minnesota in the regular season finale for both teams.

    In Grossman's first start since that fateful day at the Metrodome, Chicago was a 24-17 road winner at Green Bay last week. With the victory, the Bears locked up the No. 2 playoff seed and a first-round bye in the NFC, while claiming their first division title since the 2001 season.

    It appeared for many weeks that Sunday's game would have playoff meaning for the host Vikings, but a two-game losing streak put an end to Minnesota's postseason chances. One week after falling at home to Pittsburgh, Mike Tice's team went to Baltimore on Christmas night and suffered a 30-23 loss to the Ravens. With a win over the Bears this week, Minnesota will have clinched just the second winning season in Tice's four-year tenure.


    SERIES HISTORY

    The Vikings lead the series with the Bears, which dates back to 1961, by a 47-39-2 count. Chicago drew nearer in the series by whipping the Vikings, 28-3, at Soldier Field on Week 6. The home team has won the last seven meetings, and Chicago last won in Minnesota during the 2001 campaign, a 13-6 triumph.

    The clubs have met just once in the postseason, a 35-18 Chicago road win in a 1994 NFC First-Round Playoff tilt.

    Tice is 3-4 against Chicago in his career, while Chicago's Lovie Smith is 2-1 against both Tice and the Vikings as a head coach.


    BEARS OFFENSE VS. VIKINGS DEFENSE

    The major story for the Bears in the past two weeks has been the work of Grossman (259 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT), who has not exactly set the world on fire from a statistical standpoint but has given the offense a noticeable spark. In last Sunday's win at Green Bay, Grossman completed 11-of-23 passes for 166 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while generally helping to open things up for running back Thomas Jones (105 yards on the day). No. 1 wideout Muhsin Muhammad (64 receptions, 4 TD) caught a team-best five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in the win, while Bernard Berrian (12 receptions) made his three catches count for 93 yards. No. 2 receiver Justin Gage (25 receptions, 1 TD) was limited to two grabs totaling 14 yards in the contest, and tight end Desmond Clark (24 receptions, 2 TD) did not have a reception. Grossman was sacked just once in Green Bay, and the Chicago line has allowed a mere 28 sacks all season. The Bears are 31st in NFL passing offense (127 yards per game), however, ahead of only the 49ers in that category. It is unclear how much of Sunday's game Grossman will play, but Kyle Orton (1810 passing yards, 9 TD, 13 INT) should see at least some time under center against the Vikes.

    The Minnesota defense made Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller look like the second coming of Johnny Unitas last Sunday, with Boller's 289-yard, three-touchdown performance serving as a major factor in the Baltimore win. Seeking to avoid a similar scenario will be the Vikings secondary of Antoine Winfield (93 tackles, 4 INT) and Brian Williams (45 tackles, 4 INT, 1 sack) at cornerback and Darren Sharper (47 tackles, 9 INT) and Corey Chavous (66 tackles, 2 INT) at the safety positions. Sharper came up with one of the unit's few big plays against Baltimore, notching his NFC-leading ninth interception of the year in the defeat. The Minnesota pass rush has been mostly non-existent all season, with ends Erasmus James (27 tackles, 4 sacks) and Lance Johnstone (20 tackles, 7.5 sacks) both failing to break through to Boller last week. The Vikings rank near the bottom of the league with just 31 sacks through 15 games, and are 24th in NFL passing defense (215.7 yards per game).

    The Bears are featuring the NFL's ninth-ranked rushing offense (129.7 yards per game) as Week 17 commences, but Jones (1273 rushing yards, 9 TD, 27 receptions), who has been at the center of that effort, doesn't figure to play much more than a quarter on Sunday. Jones is 27 yards shy of becoming just the second back in franchise history to reach the 1,300-yard plateau, joining the great Walter Payton, and after he achieves the mark will likely sit in favor of either Adrian Peterson (356 rushing yards, 2 TD) and/or first-round draft choice Cedric Benson (237 rushing yards). Benson has missed the last six weeks with a sprained right MCL, and is considered questionable for the Minnesota game. Chicago also has injury problems at fullback, where Bryan Johnson is out for at least three weeks with a stress fracture in his foot. Jason McKie (4 receptions) will start at fullback on Sunday.

    After struggling against the run early in the year, the Vikings are up to 18th in NFL rushing defense (112.5 yards per game), thanks in large part to the work of tackles Pat Williams (65 tackles, 1.5 sacks) and Kevin Williams (35 tackles, 2 sacks) along the interior line. The former Williams had seven tackles in last week's loss to Baltimore, and the latter posted three stops and a pass deflection while helping limit the Ravens' Jamal Lewis to 74 ground yards on 24 carries. Linebackers E.J. Henderson (66 tackles), Sam Cowart (80 tackles, 2 sacks) and Raonall Smith (35 tackles, 1 sack) were all involved against Baltimore, as Henderson led the linebacking crew with seven tackles and Cowart and Smith posted the team's only two sacks of the night.


    VIKINGS OFFENSE VS. BEARS DEFENSE

    Though he was unable to guide the Vikings to a much-needed win on Christmas night, Minnesota quarterback Brad Johnson (1638 passing yards, 10 TD, 4 INT) had one of his most efficient games of the season. The veteran completed 25- of-36 passes for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Ravens, connecting on passes to 10 different targets on the night. Foremost among the pass-catchers was tight end Jermaine Wiggins (66 receptions, 1 TD), who caught seven balls for 43 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season. Among wide receivers, Nate Burleson (24 receptions, 1 TD) and Travis Taylor (45 receptions, 3 TD) were the most active. Burleson hauled in four catches for 26 yards, and Taylor caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown against his former team. Rookie Troy Williamson (22 receptions, 2 TD) also made a rare impact play, making his only catch stand for 56 yards. Johnson was sacked three times in Baltimore, bringing the total allowed by the Minnesota line this year to an NFC-high 54. The Vikes are 22nd in NFL passing offense (193.3 yards per game) as Week 17 begins.

    Placing pressure on Johnson will be a Chicago pass rush that has been a major part of the team's success this season. Ends Adewale Ogunleye (40 tackles, 10 sacks) and Alex Brown (44 tackles, 6 sacks) have both had their moments in '05, and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (6 sacks) has also had a hand in the containment of opposing quarterbacks. The Bears sacked Green Bay's Brett Favre twice last week, with Brown and tackle Tank Johnson (24 tackles, 5 sacks) both breaking through in the win. The playmaking Chicago secondary intercepted Favre four times in the contest, including twice by safety Chris Harris (57 tackles, 3 INT, 1 sack) and once by cornerback Charles Tillman (93 tackles, 5 INT, 1 sack), but that unit is not expected to be clicking on all cylinders Sunday. Tillman (shoulder) and safeties Mike Brown (left calf) and Mike Green (left shoulder) are all considered questionable for this week, and it seems unlikely that any will play based on the lack of importance of this game. Chicago is third in the league in passing defense (175 yards per game).

    The Vikings' revolving door of running backs stopped on Mewelde Moore (605 rushing yards, 31 receptions, 2 TD) last week, as Moore got the nod over Michael Bennett (391 rushing yards, 24 receptions, 4 TD) and carried 10 times for 49 yards. Moore also ranked among team leaders with four receptions for 42 yards in the contest. Bennett saw only limited time, catching a 10-yard pass and netting minus-one yard on his only rush of the night. Moore is expected to again be the primary ball carrier this week, with Bennett and rookie Ciatrick Fason (59 rushing yards, 3 TD) coming off the bench. Minnesota is a distant 29th in NFL rushing offense (87.9 yards per game) as the final week of the year gets underway.

    Chicago didn't have much trouble bottling up Green Bay's depleted rushing game last Sunday, holding Green Bay running backs Noah Herron and Tony Fisher to a combined 55 yards on 20 carries on the afternoon. Linebackers Urlacher (121 tackles) and Lance Briggs (106 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INT), who are 1-2 on the Bears in tackles, combined for 13 tackles in the game. Briggs also returned a Favre interception for an easy 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Third linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer (63 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) is not expected to play this week due to a right thumb injury. The Bears' interior line rotation of Tank Johnson (24 tackles, 5 sacks), Ian Scott (27 tackles), Tommie Harris (31 tackles, 3 sacks), and Alfonso Boone (12 tackles, 1.5 sacks) has played extremely well this season despite remaining somewhat anonymous outside of Chicago. Johnson and Harris each had three tackles in Green Bay. Scott is not expected to play this week due to a hamstring injury. The Bears are eighth in NFL rushing defense (99.2 yards per game) at present.


    OVERALL ANALYSIS

    After watching their postseason aspirations crumble over the last two weeks, it is hard to believe the Vikings will come out with much fire on Sunday. Complicating matters for Minnesota is that it doesn't match up very well with Chicago, which is deep on defense and has the ability to force some Brad Johnson miscues. On the other side of the ball, the team's offensive principles might not see much action, but the Bears have strong backups at both the running back and quarterback positions, and should be able to do enough to score some points and leave the Metrodome with a win.


    Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Bears 19, Vikings 14


    12/30 12:34:47 ET

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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    All around the Metrodome
    The D-Line chases the QB
    Oops look, Grossman went down!
    Pop goes his knee.

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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    Oh Andy that is not cool

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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    What? Can you NOT read ? BEARS 19 vQueens 14( more like 3 ! )

    It is time for you vQueens to BOW DOWN to the NFCN Champs ! Your Chicago BEARS !


    GO BEARS ! :lol:
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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    "BearsFanGrrrr" wrote:
    What? Can you NOT read ? BEARS 19 vQueens 14( more like 3 ! )

    It is time for you vQueens to BOW DOWN to the NFCN Champs ! Your Chicago BEARS !


    GO BEARS ! :lol:
    They're not my Bears! We will own you on Sunday!

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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    Bow down to the Bears?

    I'd rather sleep naked in excrement than do that. Which shows you my total disrespect for them.

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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    All I have to say is,

    MN has never seen a half time show like their about to see....


    hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha


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    "VikingNed" wrote:
    All I have to say is,

    MN has never seen a half time show like their about to see....


    hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha
    Are you planing a surprise for us Ned?

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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    He's gone thru one six pack already, he's got all sorts of ideas running thru his head...........

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    Re: Bears' Grossman Returns to Vikings' House of Horrors

    "BearsFanGrrrr" wrote:
    What? Can you NOT read ? BEARS 19 vQueens 14( more like 3 ! )

    It is time for you vQueens to BOW DOWN to the NFCN Champs ! Your Chicago BEARS !


    GO BEARS ! :lol:
    Don't count on it.

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