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Bears begin prepping to visit Vikings

Three days after their disappointing loss to the Redskins, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's road game against the Vikings.

While the Bears (5-8) are just 1-6 at home this season, they've won three straight and four of their last five away games. A victory Sunday in Minnesota would give them their first four-game road winning streak since 2010 when they won five in a row.

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Quarterback Jay Cutler has completed 269 of 410 passes for 2,817 yards with 24 touchdowns in 12 starts against Minnesota.

The Vikings (8-5) have lost two straight and three of four since winning five in a row. Minnesota is led by star running back Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFL in rushing with 1,251 yards and nine touchdowns on 268 carries.

Nine of the Bears' last 10 games have been decided by six points or less with four wins coming by a total of 10 points and five losses coming by a combined 17 points.

In 12 career starts against the Vikings, quarterback Jay Cutler has completed 269 of 410 passes for 2,817 yards with 24 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 91.7 passer rating. In 14 games, running back Kyle Long has rushed for 1,045 yards and one TD on 249 carries and caught 57 passes for 375 yards and one TD.

Receiver Alshon Jeffery has excelled in six career games versus the Vikings, catching 39 passes for 602 yards and five TDs, the most yards and tied for the most touchdowns against any NFL team.

The Bears trail the all-time series with the Vikings 56-51-2 but have won nine of the last13. The home team has won 22 of 27 meetings since 2002.

Minnesota won the last meeting 23-20 in Chicago on Nov. 1. The Bears blew a late 20-13 lead as the Vikings tied it 20-20 on Teddy Bridgewater's 40-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs with 1:49 remaining and won it on Blair Walsh's 36-yard field goal as time expired.

Entering Week 15, the Bears rank 17th in offense (15th in rushing and 20th passing) and rank 12th in defense (26th against the run and 2nd versus the pass). The Vikings rank 30th in offense (5th rushing and 31st passing) and 14th in defense (20th against the run and 8th versus the pass).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will be available Wednesday, while Cutler and offensive coordinator Adam Gase will speak Thursday.

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