VIKINGS VS. BEARS SERIES STANDINGS â€“ Overall Minnesota leads the series 44-37-2, including 24-18 at home. With this game the Vikings will have played the Bears (84 games) more than any other opponent. The Vikings faced Chicago in the 1st regular-season game in franchise history in 1961, a 37-13 win at Met Stadium.
VIKINGS-BEARS CONNECTIONS â€“ Vikingsâ€™ WR Dâ€™Wayne Bates was drafted by the Bears in 1997 and played in Chicago for four seasonsâ€¦Vikingsâ€™ WR Derrick Alexander played for Bearsâ€™ LB coach Gary Moeller at Michiganâ€¦ Vikingsâ€™ TE Byron Chamberlain was a teammate of Bearsâ€™ DT Keith Traylor in Denverâ€¦Vikingsâ€™ G Corbin Lacina played with Bearsâ€™ DT Ted Washington in Buffaloâ€¦Bearsâ€™ WR Dez White played for Vikingsâ€™ assistant head coach/defensive line coach George Oâ€™Leary at Georgia Tech. White was a teammate of Vikingsâ€™ LB Nick Rogers with the Yellow Jacketsâ€¦Vikingsâ€™ DE Chris Hovan played with Bearsâ€™ OT Marc Colombo at Boston Collegeâ€¦Bearsâ€™ FB Stanley Pritchett was a teammate of Vikingsâ€™ DEs Lorenzo Bromell and Kenny Mixon in Miamiâ€¦Vikingsâ€™ defensive assistant/quality control coach Pete Bercich played at Notre Dame when Bearsâ€™ RB coach Earle Mosley was on the Fighting Irish staffâ€¦LB Lemanski Hall played for Chicago in 1998 and was with the Oilers when Bearsâ€™ QB Chris Chandler and defensive line coach Rex Norris were with Houstonâ€¦Chandler played with Vikingsâ€™ S Ronnie Bradford, DE Chuck Wiley, and LB Henri Crockett in Atlantaâ€¦Bearsâ€™ special teams coach Mike Sweatman was on the Vikingsâ€™ coaching staff in 1984â€¦Vikingsâ€™ FB Harold Morrow was a teammate of Bearsâ€™ TE Fred Baxter at Auburnâ€¦Bearsâ€™ TE John Davis played for the Vikings in 2000â€¦Bearsâ€™ K Paul Edinger and QB Jim Miller played at Michigan State when Vikingsâ€™ WR coach Charlie Baggett was on the Spartansâ€™ staffâ€¦Vikingsâ€™ WR Randy Moss went to high school at DuPont High in West Virginia with Bearsâ€™ LB Bobbie Howardâ€¦Bearsâ€™ C Olin Kreutz played at Washington when Vikingsâ€™ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was on the Huskiesâ€™ staffâ€¦Bearsâ€™ WR Ahmad Merritt was a teammate of Vikingsâ€™ RB Michael Bennett and WR Nick Davis at Wisconsin and played for the Badgers when Vikingsâ€™ special teams coach Jay Hayes was on the Wisconsin coaching staffâ€¦Vikingsâ€™ DT Fred Robbins was a teammate of Bearsâ€™ CB Reggie Austin and TE Dustin Lyman at Wake