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Bears begin preparing for Vikings

Three days after their embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The contest will be the first of five home games over the next six weeks for the Bears (3-6), who are in last place in the NFC North after losing five of six games since a 2-1 start.

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Jay Cutler and the Bears will try to snap a three-game skid Sunday at Soldier Field.
In losing their last three games, the Bears have been outscored 94-7 in the first half. They've given up 277 points this season, the most in the NFL.

The Bears trail the all-time series with Minnesota 54-50-2 but have won seven of the last nine meetings dating back to 2009. The Bears have won six straight over the Vikings at Soldier Field and are 12-1 at home against Minnesota since 2001.

Coming off their bye week, the Vikings (4-5) have won their last two games, beating the Buccaneers 19-13 in Tampa and the Redskins 29-26 in Minnesota.

The Bears lost their last meeting to the Vikings 23-20 in overtime at the Metrodome last Dec. 1. The Bears blew a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead, eventually falling on Blair Walsh's 34-yard field goal with 1:43 left in overtime.

Alshon Jeffery caught 12 passes for a Bears-record 249 yards and two touchdowns, and Kyle Long rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries in the losing effort.

In nine career games against the Vikings, Jay Cutler has completed 193 of 298 passes for 2,104 yards with 20 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 92.5 passer rating. He's currently tied for fifth in the NFL with 219 completions, tied for seventh with 18 TD passes, 10th with 2,365 yards and 14th with a 92.8 passer rating.

The Bears rank 15th in the NFL in offense (tied for 24th rushing and 12th passing) and 26th in defense (15th against the run and 28th versus the pass). The Vikings rank 27th in offense (10th rushing and 29th passing) and ninth in defense (16th versus the run and fourth versus the run).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach Marc Trestman will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive end Jared Allen, linebacker Lance Briggs, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be available Wednesday, while Cutler, Forte and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will speak Thursday.


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