Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Why Vikings Are Strong Play as Road Underdog vs. Bears

Vikings Coach Zimmer Previews Sunday's Game vs. 1st Place Bears Chicago news station sends chopper to film struggling Bears kicker
Cary Erickson | 17 November, 2018, 00:18

But Parkey's foot won't affect the outcome as much as coach Matt Nagy's brain with the Bears' offensive scheme providing the edge over the Vikings' defensive skill. "I don't think they got enough credit for how talented they were being a top ten defense a year ago only winning four games and then you add a Khalil Mack and a Roquan Smith to an already good defense so we'll have our work cut out for us", Rudolph added. The last player Vikings coach Mike Zimmer remembers being viewed in the same light was Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, the subject of arguably the greatest free-agent signing in National Football League history when he moved from the Eagles to the Packers in the early 1990s.

What makes sense now is for Abdullah to be the team's kick returner, but I could also see him as a receiving back and also maybe in the slot. "He's the big dog now".

"I don't think they got enough credit for how talented they were, being a top-10 defense a year ago and only winning five games", Rudolph said.

This will be the first real test of how badly the Bears miss Kyle Long since he went down for the season. "There's no doubt in my mind we are going to get new plays", Zimmer said. His backup, ex-Bear Tom Compton, has been on and off the injury list all season and was again this week with a bad knee. The Bears, who have finished at the bottom of the NFC North Division for the past four seasons (and whom the Vikings have beaten the past three meetings and six of the past seven) have turned their fortunes around this year and now lead the Vikings in the North by half-a-game. Chicago ranks fourth in yards allowed (319.6 game) and tied for fourth in points allowed (19.4).

"Certainly would have loved for him to stay in the AFC", Cousins said in his press conference. "They're strong. They can force you to lose leverage, so you know (center) Cody (Whitehair) and our guards, they understand they are going to have a big challenge here this week". "There's been times he's had some free runners and it looks like they're telling him, 'Hey, you have to get the ball out.' He gets the ball out with accuracy".

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Although both these teams' secondaries are playing great football, take away defensive pressure, and the two clubs become very beatable.

In assessing what Mack brings, Zimmer reached back in the history books. "We have a game plan based on where he'll be, but for the most part, we'll have to defend the looks that they give us and kind of go from there".

"We have to take care of him, and we know that, but we don't want to get too caught up in doing too much to where we're not doing what we want to do", Murray said.

Still, the Vikings also know he change an entire game in the blink of an eye.