Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky tries to break the tackle of Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. on October 21 at Soldier Field. For the Bears' offense, they have scored at least 24 points in 6 straight games, which includes a couple of 30 and 40 point outbursts.
The matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings has huge NFC North title implications, and now has even more hype surrounding it with the flex into Sunday night. Whether the Bears continue a trend of being 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games against the Vikings, a team they play twice a season, will come down to whether Trubisky will keep his wits about him against a fifth-ranked Vikings defense whose 31 sacks are second in the NFL. Current Vegas NFL football odds have Bears favored by 3 over Vikings (updated Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears NFL Football Odds from Vegas).
Against the Bills and Lions, the Bears seemed to play at an imposing-their-will physical level that marked Fangio's defenses with the 49ers.
The team that handles the other club's pass pressure the best Sunday night most likely will win.
Coach Matt Nagy often reminds the Bears to take one game at a time.
"Both defenses are very similar", he said. It all starts with stopping the run.
With the way Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio moves Mack around the field, it's nearly impossible to account for him every play. You understand that no matter what your schedule is there's going to be good players in every division and he's certainly one of them. "They'll tell you where they're going". The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Vikings' last nine games against the Bears, with an average combined score of 38.33 points. Hunter ranks second in the National Football League with 11.5 sacks.
"Yeah, again a guy that just gets on edges of people".
"You can never get too high, you can never get too low", he said. They should use the duo of Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray 25-plus times against the Bears. "But it's just effort". "I don't think they got enough credit for how talented they were being a top ten defense previous year only winning four games and then you add a Khalil Mack and a Roquan Smith to an already good defense so we'll have our work cut out for us", Rudolph added. They're 6-3 with a far more talented roster and all the incentive in the world to make his life miserable under the Sunday Night lights.
Those who may not have been able to watch the Bears yet this season are in for a treat.
Minnesota left tackle Riley Reiff is better than Bears tackles Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, but its right tackle, Rashod Hill, isn't as good. The Vikings now have Kirk Cousins at quarterback and the Bears traded for Khalil Mack.
Settling in: Trubisky debuted against Minnesota in Week 5 last season in a loss at home.
"When we're playing against a guy of that caliber, we know that he can wreck the game single-handedly", tight end Kyle Rudolph said.
We're expected to see some fireworks on Thursday night, but maybe less than we would've thought from the purple side.