Minnesota at Chicago
Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bears by 7.
Records: Vikings 6-4 (4-5-1 vs. spread), Bears 7-3 (5-5 vs. spread).
Comments: Vikings lead all-time series, 52-47-2 . . . Bears’ Brandon Marshall has 711 receiving yards and 7 TDs in his last seven games . . . Minnesota’s Jared Allen has 13 sacks in eight games vs. Chicago . . . Bears DE Julius Peppers has eight sacks in seven games vs. Vikings . . . Chicago’s Tim Jennings has an NFL-high 8 interceptions . . . Player to watch: Vikings’ Adrian Peterson has rushed for 629 yards and 5 TDs in last four games.
Key injuries: VIKINGS: OUT: WR Percy Harvin (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: DT Letroy Guion (foot), G Charlie Johnson (toe). PROBABLE: DE Jared Allen (shoulder), WR Stephen Burton (ankle), WR Michael Jenkins (foot), P Chris Kluwe (left knee), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), CB Antoine Winfield (knee). BEARS: OUT: WR Alshon Jeffery (knee). QUESTIONABLE: QB Jay Cutler (concussion), TE Kellen Davis (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Lance Briggs (thumb), QB Jason Campbell (ribs), G Lance Louis (ankle), WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder), DE Shea McClellin (concussion), DT Stephen Paea (shoulder), DE Julius Peppers (thigh), DT Matt Toeaina (calf).
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Time: 1 p.m., Fox Line: Falcons by 1.
Records: Falcons 9-1 (6-4 vs. spread), Buccaneers 6-4 (8-2 vs. spread).
Comments: Buccaneers have scored an NFL-high 205 points over the last six weeks . . . Since 2007, Falcons’ Roddy White has an NFL-high 533 catches . . . Tampa Bay rookie Leonard Johnson has picked off a pass in three of his last four games . . . Atlanta’s John Abraham (not yet an AARP spokesman) has 13½ sacks in his last 13 games . . . Player to watch: Tampa QB Josh Freeman is 5-1, with 16 TD passes, in his last six games.
Key injuries: FALCONS: OUT: S Charles Mitchell (calf). QUESTIONABLE: WR Kevin Cone (groin), DT Peria Jerry (quadriceps), WR Julio Jones (ankle), CB Asante Samuel (shoulder), DT Vance Walker (ribs), LB Sean Weatherspoon (illness, ankle). PROBABLE: DE John Abraham (back), DT Jonathan Babineaux (neck), K Matt Bryant (back), CB Christopher Owens (thigh), QB Matt Ryan (finger), RB Michael Turner (groin). BUCCANEERS: OUT: S Cody Grimm (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: CB Eric Wright (Achilles). PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), S Ahmad Black (illness), CB Leonard Johnson (heel), DE Aaron Morgan (shoulder), WR Tiquan Underwood (head), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring).
San Francisco at New Orleans
Time: 4:25 p.m., Fox Line: 49ers by 1.
Records: 49ers 7-2-1 (6-4 vs. spread), Saints 5-5 (6-4 vs. spread).
Comments: White-hot Saints have won five of six . . . Nawlins QB Drew Brees is 5-0 with 107.2 passer rating and 12 TD passes vs. 49ers in the regular season (for those living under a rock, he has thrown a TD pass in 53 straight games) . . . San Fran LB Aldon Smith has 29 career sacks, the most by an NFLer in his first 26 career games . . . Player to watch: New Orleans tailback Chris Ivory has a rushing a TD in three of his last four games.
Key injuries: 49ERS: QUESTIONABLE: QB Alex Smith (concussion). PROBABLE: CB Tarell Brown (knee), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), S Dashon Goldson (ribs, calf), LB Tavares Gooden (shin), RB Frank Gore (ribs, wrist), WR Randy Moss (finger), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), S C.J. Spillman (finger), DT Will Tukuafu (wrist), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder). SAINTS: OUT: T Charles Brown (knee), DE Junior Galette (ankle), CB Elbert Mack (concussion), CB Corey White (knee). QUESTIONABLE: T Zach Strief (groin). PROBABLE: LB Ramon Humber (illness), RB Darren Sproles (hand).
Green Bay at NY Giants
Time: 8:20 p.m., NBC Line: Giants by 3.
Records: Packers 7-3 (5-5 vs. spread), Giants 6-4 (4-5-1 vs. spread).
Comments: Cheeseheads lead the all-time slate, 27-21-2 . . . Big Blue is 10-0 when Ahmad Bradshaw rushes for at least 100 yards . . . Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is 6-1 with 24 TDs in his last seven games . . . Packers CB Casey Hayward leads all rooks with 5 INTs . . . New York’s Stevie Brown has NFL-high 168 interception-return yards . . . Player to watch: Giants’ Victor Cruz has 28 catches for 427 yards and 5 TDs in his last four home games.
Key injuries: PACKERS: OUT: LB Terrell Manning (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Erik Walden (ankle), S Charles Woodson (collarbone). QUESTIONABLE: WR Greg Jennings (groin, abdomen), TE Andrew Quarless (knee). GIANTS: OUT: WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Kenny Phillips (knee), LB Keith Rivers (calf, knee). PROBABLE: C David Baas (ankle, elbow), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT Linval Joseph (knee), S Tyler Sash (ankle), G Chris Snee (ankle).Continued...