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Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings is the big game in the NFC North division on Sunday, with just one game separating the top three teams in the division, this clash could go a long way in deciding the playoff places come the end of the regular season. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Bears come into this game second in the NFC North – level with the first placed Green Bay Packers on 7-3. The Vikings meanwhile stand in third on 6-4 but could pull themselves level with Chicago if they can claim an on the road victory in today's match up.
A month ago many pundits had the Bears listed as potentially one of the teams to watch heading towards the postseason, however, they have since entered a torrid run of form that has undermined their credentials to be described as one of the NFL's best teams this year. A home loss to the Houston Texans, followed by a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers – scoring just 13 total points for their efforts – has surprised many, who had expected more fight from Chicago.
Memories of the Bears' massive 51 point smash up of the Tennessee Titans in Week 9 are quickly fading and if they do not get a grasp back on themselves then their season could be heading down the pan.
Good news for the Bears is that quarterback Jay Cutler could be back for today's game. One thing made blindingly obvious recently is that without Cutler the Bears do not look like a playoff team. Many Bears fans will remember that when Cutler was injured last season it also sparked Chicago to go on a losing streak.
However, pundits have refused to lay the recent slump on veteran backup Jason Campbell, rather directing their wrath at the Chicago offensive line.
Against the 49ers the Bears' offensive line was left horribly exposed. According to Michael Lombardi on NFL.com "J'Marcus Webb is not a real left tackle; he always needs help in pass protection. Former first-round pick Gabe Carimi has not been impressive at right tackle. Inside at guard, the Bears are relying on Chilo Rachal -- who couldn't handle the starting job for the 49ers last season. The Bears are not solid at a single position on the line."
The Vikings oppositely had little expectations on their shoulders a few months back. They have turned heads with some good results this year, but despite many waiting for them to fall down into regular season obscurity they are still hanging in there, and a win today against the Bears would make an intriguing run in to the NFC North division.
Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.