Minnesota Vikings will want to get back to their scary best as they face the struggling Chicago Bears in NFL Monday Night Football on Halloween. The 5-1 Vikings suffered their first defeat of the season last time out, but the team from Minnesota will be fancied to bounce back immediately.
The Bears have been poor this season as their 1-6 record, the second worst in the league, suggests. Without Jay Cutler, Chicago have struggled to get any kind of rhythm into their play, but with their starting quarterback set to return from injury for this MNF game, the Bears will hope for a change in fortunes.
"He's our starting quarterback, so he was missed every week that he didn't play," offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said of Cutler, who has been absent since week two. "(Backup quarterback) Brian (Hoyer) did a nice job stepping in and filling that role, but there's nothing like having your starter out there, at any position.
"He's practiced well this week. He's studying, working hard to get ready for Monday night."
Cutler will have no time to feel his way into the game, because the veteran quarterback will be up against the No.1 defence in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings have been brilliant this season thanks to that defence of theirs and with stoppers having an off day last time out, when they went down to Philadelphia Eagles, expect them to come out all guns blazing against Chicago.
"If you have something positive happen, you want to build on that, you've got a good foundation," Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, whose unit allowed a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 21-10 loss to the Eagles, said. "Anything negative that happens, you need to correct it quickly and then kind of move on.
"Although we've been talking about the mistake that we made, I think the guys have moved on from it.
"When you game plan for your next opponent or you know that your opponent is watching that tape, you've got to prepare for the things that hurt you. And we need to take away the things that hurt us and kind of move on from there."
Where to Watch Live
The NFL Monday Night Vikings vs Bears game is scheduled for an 8.30pm ET (6am IST, 12.30am GMT) start. Live Streaming and TV information is below.
USA: TV: ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Live Streaming: Watch ESPN.
Canada: TV: TSN1, 3, 4, 5. Live Streaming: TSN TV.
India: TV: Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Live Streaming: Sonyliv.
UK: TV: Sky Sports 1. Live Streaming: Sky Go.
Australia: TV: ESPN. Live Streaming: Foxtel.