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Week 17: NFC North Champions at Vikings Game Preview

| December 27th, 2018

Mike Zimmer. Badass.


Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

I always like the Chicago Bears…

…but I don’t love ’em this week. One team is home, playing for their postseason life. The other team has eleven wins and is playing for a bye if a ten-point favorite (the Rams) loses at home. Motivation matters. And I don’t think the Bears have much this week.


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Thoughts on the Actual Game

  • One has to assume Matt Nagy learned a lot about how to attack this Vikings defense when the two teams played on November 18th. With the most likely scenario being them meeting at Soldier Field next week, why would Nagy roll out any of that this week? Yes, I know Nagy is an aggressive coach and play-caller but putting anything useful on tape for a potential playoff opponent seems reckless.
  • The Bears defense has received a lot of praise and rightfully so. But what they’ve done the last three games is absurd.
    • They held two of their last three opponents out of the end zone entirely.
    • They’re allowing 10.67 points per game over that span, nearly a touchdown less than the best scoring defense in the league (Baltimore).
    • The opposing QB rating over the last three games: 51.3.
    • Rushing yards per game: 62.33.
  • If you looked at only the score line from Vikings at Lions last week, you’d think Minnesota handled them with ease. They did not. Detroit dominated the first half but was forced to kick field goals. Then Cousins hit Rudolph for the easiest Hail Mary ever executed in NFL history, giving Minny a lead going into the half. If Bears play their starters and commit to the game, they’ll win.
  • I’ve often joked on Twitter that Kirk Cousins stinks. Well, he doesn’t stink. He’s a good quarterback. But that’s all he is. Good. And you don’t pay players that are just good $30 million dollars a year in a league with a hard cap. This goes especially for Minnesota – a team built to win on the defensive side of the ball. The Vikings weren’t a quarterback away from the championship last year. They got obliterated by Nick Foles and the Eagles passing attack in the NFC title game, a game they had no business being in.
  • Some folks have suggested avoiding Minnesota in the wildcard round. I’d welcome Kirk Cousins into Soldier Field on a cold Saturday evening with open arms. But there’s definitely a contingent inside Halas Hall that wants to send Minnesota home. Let’s see how influential they can be.


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The Game Haiku

’tis Week Seventeen,

and the Bears will have eighteen.

oh, for twenty-one!


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Game Prediction

Bears play starters early but yank ’em once the Rams pull ahead of the Niners. They err on the side of being healthy for wildcard weekend. Chase Daniel, Taquan Mizzell and Josh Bellamy still make the Vikings sweat. But at the end of the day, the Vikings are coming to Soldier Field next Saturday night.

Minnesota Vikings 20

Chicago Bears 19

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