Minnesota Vikings/Chicago Bears Score Prediction Round-Table
In what is shaping up to be the biggest Vikings Bears game since the ‘Win and In’ Week 17 match-up from the 2018 season, Monday Night has all the upper-midwest intrigue of a Coen Brothers movie.
With an extra day between game-time, everyone is probably ready for this game to start already. But, for now, we here at PurpleTERRITORY Media don’t control how time works (although part of our five-year plan on Patreon is to rectify that whole lack of a single, unified equation to explain reality (between Einstein’s world and quantum mechanics, like string theory but with more results/virgins)).
Instead, we have the next best thing! Educated guesses! Let’s see what the fellas on both purplePTSD and VikingsTerritory have to say about the final score of tonight’s old school, Black and Blue division contest!
Kirby O’Connor – Editor (@Kjocon14)
The Minnesota Vikings have won two weeks in-a-row coming into their primetime matchup with the Chicago Bears. For the first time in 2020, Minnesota fans have a glimmer of hope. Dalvin Cook is playing historically good and the young, retooled defense crafted by Rick Spielman seems to finally be understanding the Zimmer system.
A game against a Bears team that is one of the worst in the league in scoring might be just what the doctor ordered to propel the Vikings into the NFC playoff race. With both David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen out, Chicago will have to rely on Nick Foles and the passing offense. We could also see a good dose of former Viking Corderrelle Patterson out of the Bears backfield.
If the Vikings defense can handle their business, which shouldn’t be too big of an ask, the offense should just need to sustain some drives, not turn the ball over, and give Dalvin Cook some room to run. Cook comes in with a rushing touchdown in every game he has played this season. I expect Zimmer and Kubiak are of the same mind in that they want this to be a grinding, low scoring affair.
I want to believe in the Vikings of the last two weeks, but years of fandom has taught us to be ready for the other shoe to drop, and the other shoe usually drops when the Vikes play in primetime.
Final Score: 17-14 Bears over Vikings
Kyle Joundry – Writer/Owner VikingsGazette.com (@VikingsGazette)
After six weeks, it appeared as though the 5-1 Chicago Bears and the 1-5 Minnesota Vikings were heading in completely different directions. Chicago has since lost three games in a row, bringing their record to a modest 5-4. Minnesota, in contrast, is starting to play well, resulting in two-straight wins and a 3-5 record. In other words, a lot has changed over these past few weeks.
For the most part, Chicago has gotten to five wins in spite of their offense and not because of their offense. Minnesota fans will understand that this formula can be difficult to sustain. Over the past three weeks, Chicago has scored 10 points (at Rams), 23 points (vs. Saints), and 17 points (at Titans). In these three games, Nick Foles has been mostly underwhelming:
· Rams: 28/40, 261 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs
· Saints: 28/41, 272 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
· Titans: 36/52, 335 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Things have gotten so bad for Foles and the Bears that many are fondly reminiscing about Mitch Trubisky. Folks, hear me when I say this: things are bad when a fanbase yearns for Trubisky to get back onto the field.
On Monday night, the Vikings need to ensure Foles continues his underwhelming play. We know that Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and the rest of the offense will probably struggle. The special teams, though talented, has also had their fair share of recent struggles. The pressure thus falls on Mike Zimmer’s defense. If Zimmer can get the best out of his defense, then the Vikings will win this game.
Prediction: Vikings 17 – Bears 9