Vikings Coach Zimmer Previews Sunday's Game vs. 1st Place Bears


Chicago dropped 10 in row against NFC North opponents before beating Detroit.

The status of struggling Bears kicker Cody Parkey is a BIG deal around Chicago.

On the other hand, the best way to slow a pressure defense is to run the ball straight ahead between the tackles, and while the Bears are now No. 2 in the league against the run and the Vikings are No. 3, Minnesota's ground game with its backs is much better than the Bears' has been to date.

A win Sunday night would enable the Bears (6-3) to extend their division lead over Minnesota (5-3-1) to a game-and-a-half.

Both teams will be playing in their second consecutive NFC North matchup having faced the Detroit Lions prior to meeting Sunday night. LB Khalil Mack had two of Chicago's six sacks against Detroit after missing back-to-back games with injured right ankle.

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"I think he's done a really good job here in the last couple weeks just learning our offense, learning our system, learning our verbiage", Patricia said of Ellington. They're opportunistic, and they take the ball away when they need to, and they're led by two great people on those sides in coach [Vic] Fangio and of course with coach [Mike] Zimmer running that show over there. Chicago ranks fourth in yards allowed (319.6 game) and tied for fourth in points allowed (19.4).

Maybe taking a few more shots, and hitting on a few more, could be just the spark the Lions' offense needs. Fantasy tip: Though he will be tested by top-five defense, Trubisky appears to be settling in and is coming off one of his best games since Bears drafted him No. 2 overall in 2017. They have 30 sacks, which is fifth in the league, and have the second-most takeaways in the NFL this season with 16 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. I like our players to have fun when they play. You've got to know where that line is at and when you are crossing the line.

"I just think he's starting to feel more comfortable".

"We can't get too concerned as far as changing what we do", running back Latavius Murray said. His backup, Tom Compton - who was a Bear a year ago filling in for Long - has been on and off the injury list all season, and was again this week with a bad knee; and the other guard, Mike Remmers, is battling a bad back. "And there's several safeties in this league that are like him, where guys that can come down, play in the box, guys that blitz - very similar to (Jamal Adams). I think I'm prepared to help". New head coach Mike Nagy has built an offensive machine that matches in tenacity the defense that former head coach John Fox built. Our Vikings crew of Chad Graff, Arif Hasan, and Jon Krawczynski previews Week 11. Nagy, the former Kansas City Chief OC?, will have something up his sleeve for Zimmer's improving defensive unit. "But they've got their core group of plays they are going to run". We're fortunate to have those night games and to be able to play in front of everybody.

Everything about this one (including the struggles the Vikings have history had at Soldier Field) says loss. Chicago was 5-7 and 3-12 the previous two times he got them.