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Bears resume prep to host Vikings

After a day off Wednesday, the Bears return to the practice field Thursday to continue for Monday night's home game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Bears (1-6) will look to snap a three-game losing streak and win for the first time in four prime-time contests this season. They've already lost to the Eagles on Monday Night Football, the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football and the Packers on Thursday Night Football.

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Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return this Monday against the Vikings.

The Vikings (5-1) are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, a 21-10 defeat last Sunday in Philadelphia. After Minnesota allowed six sacks, coach Mike Zimmer called his team's offensive line "soft" and lamented that the unit "didn't block anybody."

The Vikings boast the NFL's top-ranked defense—allowing an average of 279.5 yards per game— and they also lead the league with 16 takeaways and a plus-11 turnover differential.

Quarterback Sam Bradford has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards with seven touchdowns, one interception and a 100.3 passer rating that ranks eighth in the NFL.

The Bears trail the all-time series with the Vikings 57-51-2 and have lost three straight. The Vikings won the last meeting 38-17 last Dec. 20 at TCF Bank Stadium.

In a game they never led, the Bears allowed the Vikings to score three touchdowns and one field goal on their first five possessions in taking a 24-7 lead early in the second half. Bridgewater set career highs with four TD passes and a 154.4 passer rating and also ran for a fifth TD.

Entering Week 8, the Bears are tied for 16th in offense (25th in rushing and 11th passing) and 12th in defense (17th against the run and 16th versus the pass). The Vikings rank 31st in offense (31st rushing and 26th passing) and 1st in defense (3rd versus the run and 4th versus the pass).

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

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