Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Barr questionable, Vikings will mostly be at full strength vs. Bears

Barr questionable, Vikings will mostly be at full strength vs. Bears

It may be more important to the Vikings than the Bears, who are looking up at them in the standings, and they may find themselves in a hole before the game even begins. "You fear nobody but you respect them and that's the type of guy he is, you got to respect him and that's with their defense, you got to respect them because they're leading in a lot of categories around the league", said Dalvin Cook.

The Chicago Bears defense has firmly established itself as one of the best in the NFL.

But in the Bears' three 2018 losses, irrespective of defensive failures, Trubisky and the offense managed just three points in the fourth quarter at Green Bay, and one fourth-quarter touchdown each in the losses to Miami and New England.

Still, the Vikings also know he change an entire game in the blink of an eye. Their two corners [Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara] are both very good.

On the other hand, the best way to slow a pressure defense is to run the ball straight ahead between the tackles, and although the Bears are No. 2 in the league against the run, and the Vikings are third, Minnesota has been much better than the Bears in running with its backs this season.

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The Bears are tied for fourth in scoring defense (19.4 points per game), and the Vikings have worked their way up to 11th (22.7) from 22nd after allowing 27.5 points per game in the first four games of the season. They encounter a Bears team that is mostly healthy and on a roll offensively. "I think that's helped, and I think he's playing with a lot more confidence". According to defensive end Everson Griffen, they are both good at getting to the edges and making some big plays. Chicago is a really good football team. "They move him around enough to make it a very hard proposition". WR Allen Robinson had six receptions for 133 yards, two TDs against Detroit after missing previous two games with groin injury. But when you come to the division games, you play them boys twice and they're gonna be ready for you.

"Defensively, we've obviously improved in the last five weeks a ton from where we were", Zimmer said.

We're expected to see some fireworks on Thursday night, but maybe less than we would've thought from the purple side.

There's always a level of unpredictability when playing in the Windy City, but the Vikings are also playing at Chicago later this season than in the past two seasons, when they played on Monday Night Football in October. But the fact that Vikings are coming off a big win, had the bye to heal some of its players, and had an extra week for Zim and company to scheme ways to trip up Trubisky, adds up to a win for Minnesota. QB Kirk Cousins grew up about 40 miles from Soldier Field in Barrington, Illinois.

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