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Article updated: 11/21/2012 5:02 PM

Vikes need strong pass rush in tough next 2 games

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings must play perhaps their best yet this season to emerge from the last six games with a playoff spot, let alone a winning record.

The defensive line will have a big part in this.

They visit the Bears on Sunday and Green Bay the week after, facing the NFC North co-leaders with 7-3 records. The Vikings are right behind them at 6-4.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missed the last game because of a concussion. He's taken the second-most sacks in the league with 28. Aaron Rodgers of the Packers is first with 32.

After tying for the NFL lead with 50 sacks last year, the Vikings have slipped a bit. They're tied for 11th in the league with 26.

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