With a victory at Soldier Field, Marc Trestman would join Hall of Famer George Halas (1920) and Neill Armstrong (1978) as the only head coaches in Bears history to win their first two games.
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The Vikings are led by two members of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears in head coach Leslie Frazier and linebackers coach/assistant head coach Mike Singletary. On the flipside, Trestman and a handful of his assistants were born and raised in Minnesota.
The Bears lost their last meeting to the Vikings 21-14 last Dec. 9 in Minnesota. Adrian Peterson rushed for a team-record 104 yards in the first quarter including two 1-yard touchdowns that gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead. Peterson raced 51 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage.
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Cutler has played eight career games against the Vikings, throwing for 1,812 yards with 17 TDs, nine interceptions and a 91.7 passer rating. Forte has rushed for 628 yards and one TD on 153 carries and caught 27 passes for 162 yards and one TD in nine contests. Marshall has 36 receptions for 437 yards and two TDs in four games.
The Bears will look to protect Cutler as well as they did last Sunday against the Bengals when they did not allow a sack in a season opener for the first time since 1998 versus the Jaguars.
ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest Bears news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Trestman is scheduled to address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be available Wednesday, while Cutler and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will speak Thursday.