The Chicago Bears are reeling. After a 5-1 start, they have lost three straight and are averaging 19.8 points per game overall, 29th in the NFL. The Vikings, meanwhile, have won two consecutive games after a 1-5 start.
Dalvin Cook has rushed for 369 yards and five touchdowns in the last two games. Can the Bears defense contain the Vikings running back on “Monday Night Football” and stop the bleeding entering their week off?
Chicago Bears (5-4) vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
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Brad Biggs (7-2)
Brad Biggs (7-2)
It appears the NFC North rivals are heading in different directions entering this game. The Bears seemingly are encountering more problems on offense while the Vikings have one of the league’s best rushing attacks and have shored up some of the defensive woes that plagued them through the first six games. But Soldier Field has been a house of horrors for the Vikings, and worse Bears teams have beaten better Vikings teams along the lakefront. Dalvin Cook has not gotten loose against the Bears in three career meetings. The Bears consistently have had a good fit against the Gary Kubiak-designed running game. The defense should be able to muddy this game up and help the Bears get back on track entering their week off.
Bears 19, Vikings 17
Colleen Kane (7-2)
The Bears are 4-0 against the Vikings under Matt Nagy. That winning streak should continue, though I’d feel even better about the pick if a raucous Soldier Field crowd could provide the backdrop for the Monday night game as it did on a memorable Sunday night around this time two years ago. The Bears defense is good enough to rise to the challenge of slowing running back Dalvin Cook, who has been on fire the last two games. The Bears still a boatload of issues on offense, starting with injuries and illness on the offensive line and David Montgomery’s concussion. But this Vikings defense has dealt with growing pains and injuries this season, and it could give the Bears offense a window to get on track.
Bears 23, Vikings 19
Dan Wiederer (8-1)
The Bill Lazor play-calling experiment will produce immediate dividends. In a battle of middle-of-the-road teams fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Bears offense will show new life. Enough anyway. And a Bears defense with a history of containing Dalvin Cook and flustering Kirk Cousins into game-changing mistakes will do its part as usual.
Bears 24, Vikings 23
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