NFL Game Previews: Vikings-Bears Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Vikings-Bears Matchup

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Minnesota at Chicago (+2.5), o/u 44.5 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Vikings have come out of their bye week flying, winning two straight games on the back of consecutive massive performances by Dalvin Cook, and a defense that's looked more like what you'd expect from a Mike Zimmer outfit. A return to that formula has also taken the pressure off Kirk Cousins, and he's stopped being a turnover machine — it's no coincidence that the three games in which he hasn't tossed an INT are the three in which he's had the fewest pass attempts. They'll try to make it 3-for-3 against NFC North opponents since their bye, catching the Bears as they come reeling off three straight losses. To be fair, all three came against playoff-caliber teams (the Rams, Saints and Titans), but Chicago's only win of note so far in 2020 remains that one-point squeaker at home against Tampa Bay in Week 5. Nick Foles is coming off his two most productive games of the season, but he has yet to top a 6.6 YPA in any contest since taking over from Mitchell Trubisky, a stat that just hammers home how limited the Bears passing game is even with Allen Robinson as a bona fide No. 1 receiver. The backfield is also in turmoil, with David Montgomery joining Tarik Cohen on the shelf, and they'll now have to try and patch something together from Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall, undrafted rookie free agent

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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