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Hot Matchup: Harrison Smith vs. Jay Cutler


Jay Cutler has registered eight of his 63 career wins and 23 of his 190 career TDs against the Vikings. Harrison Smith has recorded three of his 11 career INTs and one of his three career TDs against the Bears. With the Vikings and Bears gearing up to square off on Sunday, then, it's only appropriate that Smith and Cutler are the subject of this week's Ticketmaster Hot Matchup.

The last time these two teams met was Week 17 of 2014, a 13-9 Vikings win in which Smith and Co. got the best of Cutler. There were no splashy plays, with Cutler throwing no TDs or INTs but with the Vikings holding the Bears aerial attack to just 172 yards. It was one of just two times in 11 Vikings-Cutler matchups in which there weren't multiple TDs and/or multiple INTs. Cutler has thrown multiple TDs against the Vikings in seven of those 11 matchups but the Vikings have intercepted Cutler multiple times in five of those contests.

Speaking of Cutler INTs, Smith is familiar with those. He has three of them in five games against the veteran QB. Smith returned one of those INTs 56 yards for a TD to help lead the Vikings to a 21-14 win in Week 14 of 2012.

Both Cutler and Smith enter Sunday's contest playing well. Cutler has 7 TDs to just 4 INTs, he's completing 60.9% of his passes and he's done a nice job of avoiding pressure to buy time and hit open receivers down the field. Smith leads the Vikings in tackles with 41 and has added 1.0 sack, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1 INT and 1 forced fumble to his season-long box score, as well.

On Sunday, Smith and Cutler will begin their twice annual rivalry while battling at Soldier Field. The Bears will make their visit to Minnesota on December 20 in a Week 15 showdown. If you're not making the trip to Chicago for this week's game, be sure to catch the later-season contest.

To do so, visit the official NFL Ticket Exchange to find out more about purchasing single-game tickets.

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