The latest week of the NFL season concludes with a divisional battle from the NFC North as the Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field in the Monday Night Football. Green Bay’s win on Sunday night has ramped up the pressure of both these teams with neither really being able to afford to lose.
Both sides have had their issues this season and continue to have them heading into this match so it will be interesting to see who can deal with those the best and come out on top in this contest.
You sensed it was only a matter of time before the quarterback change was made in Chicago and it appears that time has arrived. You don’t trade up to take a quarterback and then sit him on the bench when your offense is struggling for very long so Mitchell Trubisky will make his NFL debut in this match.
It could have been a better time for him to start it must be said. A Vikings defence on Monday Night Football looks a pretty daunting task and with Minnesota stingy against the run the rookie might need to get it done himself too. The bright side for him is the offense can’t possibly look any worse under him but that is hardly saying much.
Not for the first time in recent seasons, injuries are really hurting the Minnesota Vikings. They have been without their quarterback Sam Bradford for the last few weeks and while it appears that he will be available for this match they now must do without exciting rookie running back Dalvin Cook who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
We saw this offense look really good under Bradford’s guidance in the opening week of the season and it should look good again here. If the Vikings defence can get the job done then there is no reason why they can’t regain a positive ledger for the campaign given that they go into this match with a 2-2 record for the season.
I had this down as a Minnesota Vikings win before the Chicago Bears made the inevitable switch on quarterback and while I would imagine the Bears will be galvanised by the switch I still can’t see past the Vikings.
Clearly the loss of Dalvin Cook is not going to be ideal for the Vikings but in Latavius Murray they have an able back up and with Bradford back I would expect Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen to continue their excellent form.
You generally don’t get much joy running the football against a Vikings defence and if Chicago can’t get a ground game going you have to think Minnesota will win by a field goal at the least if not a few more.
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