VIKINGS VS. BEARS SERIES STANDINGS – 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 – Vikings’ WR D’Wayne Bates was drafted by the Bears in 1997 and played in Chicago for four seasons…Vikings’ WR Derrick Alexander played for Bears’ LB coach Gary Moeller at Michigan… Vikings’ TE Byron Chamberlain was a teammate of Bears’ DT Keith Traylor in Denver…Vikings’ G Corbin Lacina played with Bears’ DT Ted Washington in Buffalo…Bears’ WR Dez White played for Vikings’ assistant head coach/defensive line coach George O’Leary at Georgia Tech. White was a teammate of Vikings’ LB Nick Rogers with the Yellow Jackets…Vikings’ DE Chris Hovan played with Bears’ OT Marc Colombo at Boston College…Bears’ FB Stanley Pritchett was a teammate of Vikings’ DEs Lorenzo Bromell and Kenny Mixon in Miami…Vikings’ defensive assistant/quality control coach Pete Bercich played at Notre Dame when Bears’ RB coach Earle Mosley was on the Fighting Irish staff…LB Lemanski Hall played for Chicago in 1998 and was with the Oilers when Bears’ QB Chris Chandler and defensive line coach Rex Norris were with Houston…Chandler played with Vikings’ S Ronnie Bradford, DE Chuck Wiley, and LB Henri Crockett in Atlanta…Bears’ special teams coach Mike Sweatman was on the Vikings’ coaching staff in 1984…Vikings’ FB Harold Morrow was a teammate of Bears’ TE Fred Baxter at Auburn…Bears’ TE John Davis played for the Vikings in 2000…Bears’ K Paul Edinger and QB Jim Miller played at Michigan State when Vikings’ WR coach Charlie Baggett was on the Spartans’ staff…Vikings’ WR Randy Moss went to high school at DuPont High in West Virginia with Bears’ LB Bobbie Howard…Bears’ C Olin Kreutz played at Washington when Vikings’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was on the Huskies’ staff…Bears’ WR Ahmad Merritt was a teammate of Vikings’ RB Michael Bennett and WR Nick Davis at Wisconsin and played for the Badgers when Vikings’ special teams coach Jay Hayes was on the Wisconsin coaching staff…Vikings’ DT Fred Robbins was a teammate of Bears’ CB Reggie Austin and TE Dustin Lyman at Wake