2012 NFL schedule: Bears visit Vikings in NFC North showdown

Jonathan Daniel

The Bears will make their visit to the Metrodome on Sunday to face the Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings started out the season looking like a strong contender for the NFC North title, but on Sunday the Chicago Bears can all but eliminate them from the division race with a victory. Minnesota enters the game with a 6-6 record after falling to the Green Bay Packers last week, while Chicago comes in at 8-4, also coming off a loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.

Despite losing four of their last five games, the Vikings are still 5-1 at home on the season, and the Bears will face a stiff test. Minnesota will be looking for revenge after losing, 28-10, in Chicago two weeks ago. In that game, the Bears' defense held Minnesota to just 258 yards of total offense, with 108 of those yards coming from Adrian Peterson, while quarterback Christian Ponder posted just a 58.2 quarterback rating. Sunday's game kicks off at noon CT on FOX.

Meanwhile, the other two teams in the NFC North will be facing off as well. At 4-8, the Detroit Lions are out of the playoff race and in a state of turmoil with controversy surrounding both wide receiver Titus Young and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Packers, on the other hand, are 8-4 and in first place thanks to holding a tiebreaker over the Bears. The Packers and Bears will face each other next week, but this week's games are just as important for each team. Detroit and Green Bay kick at Lambeau Field at 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC.

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