Vikings meet Bears for division lead

Ruben Hill
November 16, 2018

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.

"He's added a lot of swagger to the football team", Zimmer said of Mack. In the past two games, Chicago has rushed for a meager 59 yards per game on 2.5 yards per carry.

"They're really good at the pressure game", he said. They lead the league with 16 interceptions and are second in total takeaways (24 with eight fumble recoveries). The Vikings, off of their bye week, travel to first place Chicago for a Sunday night game.

"Yeah, again a guy that just gets on edges of people, he's got great counter moves, he's got speed, he's got power", Helfrich said. "I think that's helped, and I think he's playing with a lot more confidence". QB Kirk Cousins grew up about 40 miles from Soldier Field in Barrington, Illinois. New head coach Mike Nagy has built an offensive machine that matches in tenacity the defense that former head coach John Fox built. "They're really good at making the non-pressure and the pressure look the same, and that's how they get on the edge of people all the time, is just that half-a-second, that half-step where whatever it is, a tackle slow-sets and then he's beat off the edge, or they're anxious about the A-gap and the B-gap pressure comes, or whatever it is". "It doesn't make a difference to me".

With all due respect to Green Bay, Kansas City and Pittsburgh - all tied with Minnesota for the National Football League sacks lead with 31, while the Bears are next with 30 - when the Vikings and Bears have all hands on deck, they are the two best pressure defenses in the NFL. Nagy, the former Kansas City Chief OC?, will have something up his sleeve for Zimmer's improving defensive unit. The run game, we've always been pretty decent against the run. "I've got better since that instance and I'm excited for the opportunity this weekend".

Last week against the Detroit Lions, Trubisky threw for a career-best 355 yards with three touchdowns and was named the NFC offensive player of the week.

"I think just good feet, good eyes and I just played with conviction", Trubisky said. "They're statistically ranked very high and that goes beyond the addition of just one player".

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