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Bears resume prep work for Vikings

After an off day Tuesday, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

Playing at home for the first time in four weeks, the Bears (2-4) come back from their bye looking to register their third win in four contests following an 0-3 start.

Coach John Fox has won seven straight games immediately following a bye dating back to 2008 when he was coach of the Carolina Panthers.

The Vikings (4-2) have won four of five since opening the season with a 20-3 loss in San Francisco and are in second place in the NFC North.

Last Sunday Minnesota swept the season series with the Lions with a 28-19 win in Detroit. The Vikings rallied from a 17-6 deficit behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who passed for a season-high 316 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears trail the all-time series with the Vikings 55-51-2 but have won seven straight and 13 of their last 14 home games against Minnesota. The only exception was a 34-31 loss in 2007 when Adrian Peterson rushed for 224 yards and three TDs.

In 11 career games against the Vikings, Jay Cutler has passed for 2,606 yards with 23 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 91.5 passer rating. In 13 contests, Kyle Long has rushed for 1,004 yards and one TD on 239 carries and caught 53 passes for 347 yards and one TD. In five games, Alshon Jeffery has 29 receptions for 486 yards and four TDs.

After Week 7, the Bears rank 27th in offense (16th rushing and 24th passing) and 10th in defense (25th against the run and 6th versus the pass). The Vikings rank 30th in offense (6th rushing and 30th passing) and 7th in defense (13th versus the run and 11th 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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