The 2-2 Minnesota Vikings travel to Chicago to take on the 1-3 Bears in this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams are coming off losses last week and Chicago has decided to make a change at quarterback. The Bears were blown out in Green Bay last week 35-14 and have tapped rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to make his debut on Monday night. Trubisky was the second overall pick in last year’s draft and he will be replacing Mike Glennon who has really struggled this season. Minnesota’s offense just couldn’t get going in their 14-7 home loss to the Detroit Lions. To add injury to insult, running back Dalvin Cook tore his ACL and has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Mike Glennon did nothing last week to convince the team he should be the starter as he finished with a quarterback rating of 18 after he threw 2 interceptions and fumbled the ball twice. Kendall Wright led the team with 4 catches for 51 yards. They had some success running the ball gaining 103 yards on 30 carries. Jordan Howard led the team with 53 yards and a touchdown on 18 rushes. Trubisky will be taking over an offense that on the year averages 15 points and 325 yards per game. Defensively, they only gave up 271 yards of offense but allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. They did have 2 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and allowed the packers to gain 91 yards on 24 carries.
Minnesota’s defense played very well last week against Detroit limiting them to 14 points while making 9 tackles for losses and sacking Matthew Stafford 6 times. They allowed 3 yards per rush as Detroit gained just 97 yards on 31 carries. Offensively they just couldn’t get it done as they their offense made 3 crucial fumbles in the second half and missed a 39 yard field goal late in the third quarter. Case Keenum finished with a quarterback rating of 46.3 as he completed 16 of his 30 passes for 219 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Stefon Diggs who had 5 catches for 98 yards. Before tearing his ACL cook was having a nice game with 13 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Latavius Murray who is coming off ankle surgery and isn’t yet fully healed. The Vikings offense has failed to score 10 points in 2 of their last 3 games.
Chicago is 3.5 point underdogs this week and will have home field advantage and a rookie quarterback making his debut. The Bears have gone 1-3 against the spread this season while the Vikings have gone 2-2. For Minnesota, Sam Bradford has missed the past 3 games with an ankle injury and was limited in Thursdays practice and his status for this game still hasn’t been determined.
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