WHY THE VIKINGS WILL COVER
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Declawed Bears Defense
The Bears’ defense has been beaten down by injuries. Chicago’s defense, particularly in the secondary, has had a lot of injury issues this season. The Vikings don’t have a lot of weapons on offense to speak of, but Sam Bradford has been playing well, and he should be able to take advantage of some of the guys that are further down the Chicago depth chart to get things done on offense.
The league’s top stop unit
Minnesota’s defense is still the league’s best. Last Sunday, the Vikings gave up more than 17 points for the first time since last December (even though six of those points came on a kick return for a touchdown). The defense still has all of their primary pieces on every level, and with the Bears having offensive line issues, they should be able to make things miserable for a returning Jay Cutler.
The Zimmer factor
Since Mike Zimmer became the Vikings’ head coach, his teams have put up the occasional clunker of a game. They’ve always managed to bounce back the next week. Coming off of their worst game of the year last Sunday in Philadelphia, I wouldn’t bet on the Vikings playing a second consecutive bad game, particularly against another NFC North rival. The purple will be ready to play on Monday night.
WHY THE BEARS WILL COVER
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Cutty is back!
Many fans of the Chicago Bears believe that Brian Hoyer is the answer for this offense. Well, those people are just plain wrong. While it appears Jay Culter will not be back as the Bears’ quarterback next season, his lightning arm and relationship with pass-catching weapon Alshon Jeffery make this offense more dangerous. If Cutler gets protection from the offensive line he’s capable of picking apart the Vikings secondary. Add to that the fact that Jeremy Langford may make his return from injury and the Bears should be ready to shock the world on home turf.
Defense isn’t terrible
I’m usually a straight shooter and I’ll admit that the Vikings are a good football team – but their offense isn’t exact world-beating. They win with defense and their offense ranks 31st in the NFL, averaging only 299.2 yards per game. Chicago’s defense has been terrible over the last two seasons, but as John Fox slowly gets his proper personel in place they continue to make huge strides. They currently rank 12th in the NFL with 350.4 yards allowed per game. This has all the makings of a 16-13 type of game and with the Bears getting four points at home there is a good chance they either win outright or lose and cover the points.
The sports vibe in Chicago
With the Cubs winning Game 5 of the World Series at home Sunday night, the vibe in Chicago is nothing but positive. Chicago sports fans fully believe that the Cubs can win two straight games in Cleveland and that vibe will carry over to Soldier Field for Monday Night Football.
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