The Chicago Bears can't forget the last time they faced the Minnesota Vikings. The record books are there to remind them.

The Chicago Bears can't forget the last time they faced the Minnesota Vikings. The record books are there to remind them.

On Oct. 14, Minnesota rookie Adrian Peterson ran on the Bears like no one had done before in a 34-31 Minnesota win. He finished with 224 rushing yards as the Vikings, now 7-6 with a four-game winning streak, totaled 311 on the ground.

Thus, defensive players like end Alex Brown were asked about the "unenviable" task of having to face Peterson again at 7:30 tonight in the Metrodome.

"Yeah, it's tough," he said. "It's been tough for a lot of people all year. We'll go up and have a plan in place and hopefully we'll execute it.

"If we do, then we should at least be able to keep him from rushing for over 200."

It's a pride thing now, what with the playoffs out of 5-8 Chicago's grasp. Being embarrassed once, that's one time too many. Being embarrassed a second time, well, it'd be a long offseason. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said it's "not easy at all" to forget the first meeting.

"Actually, 'cause we were embarrassed," he told reporters. "He's a rookie and you never want a rookie to run as much as he did on us. Hopefully as the captain of this team, I can get closer to him a little bit. Hopefully we can get together this game and do some things differently than we did last game.

"He had some big runs last game (73, 67 and 35-yard TD runs) and he broke us down. We played him pretty well -- I know it's hard to say that when somebody rushes for over 200 yards -- but we did. He had a couple of big runs.''

Said Brown: "You don't want a guy running like that over you, not two times in a year. He's good. Yes. We all know that. He's big, strong, fast.

"If we can just not leave guys out to tackle him one-on-one, have two to three guys at the ball, then we should be able to hold him down."

And his running mate, Chester Taylor.

"They have another guy," Brown said of Taylor. "I mean, they're good. Both of them are good. You've got to plan for both."

San Francisco game-planned for Peterson last week, and held him to three yards. Taylor? He went for 169 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-7 victory.

"You just don't want it to happen again," Brown said. "I don't want to make it bigger than it is. You just don't want it to happen. You go out and do your best to keep it from happening again."

While Chicago will try to prevent a rerun defensively, it will launch a new-look offense with third-year man Kyle Orton at quarterback.

It's the third shift at the position since Rex Grossman was benched after three games. Brian Griese took over, until Grossman reclaimed the job after a Griese injury. Now a Grossman injury has led to Orton's reinstatement -- he was the starter for 15 games as a rookie in 2005.

Offensive coordinator Ron Turner said Orton used the idle time to his advantage.

"No question," he said. "I've sat in every quarterback meeting with him the last two years. He's prepared every week like he's the starter, which is hard to do.

"He's obviously frustrated. He's made that known. You go from winning 10 games as a starter as a rookie to being No. 3 and not playing, you're going to be frustrated. But he's handled it extremely well."

The Vikings are surging in part to improved play at quarterback. Since returning from a Week 9 concussion, second-year man Tarvaris Jackson is 61-for-83, 667 yards passing and four touchdowns in four games. He is 7-2 as a starter this season, including wins over 2006 playoff teams Chicago, San Diego and the New York Giants.

"The last game they were more committed to the run and he was getting the ball out a little quicker," Ogunleye said of the first game. "I think if he holds onto the ball a little longer because he's confident in his ability, hopefully we'll be able to get after him.''

Quotes supplied by Gene Chamberlain of Chicago Suburban News contributed to this report. Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for the Rockford Register Star. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or rschreck@rrstar.com.

Keys to the game

- Stop the run. Real original, considering the Vikings lead the NFL in rushing. But remember what happened last time when Chicago didn't stop the run against them?

- Turn Orton loose. You might want to be a bit conservative because it's his first start since 2005, but you have to pass on the Vikings to beat them. Minnesota ranks last in the NFL in pass defense.

- Play spoiler. You've got to use whatever you can for motivation. A loss could seriously cripple the Vikings' wild-card chances, which would give the Bears some satisfaction.