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The Minnesota Vikings won both of their matches against the Chicago Bears last season (17-9 and 31-17) and are aiming for the same result on Sunday. Minnesota and Chicago will face off in an NFC North battle at 1 p.m. ET at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings should still be riding high after a victory, while Chicago will be looking to right the ship.
Minnesota decided to play defense against itself last week, but the squad still came out ahead despite their 97 penalty yards. They came out on top in a nail-biter against the New Orleans Saints, sneaking past 28-25. Minnesota’s WR Justin Jefferson looked sharp as he punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to catching ten passes for 147 yards.
Special teams collected 16 points for Minnesota. K Greg Joseph delivered a perfect 5-for-5 game.
Meanwhile, the Bears scored first but ultimately less than the New York Giants in their game last week. Chicago fell to New York 20-12. Chicago couldn’t find the end zone and got their points from four field goals. QB Justin Fields ended up with a passer rating of 116.40.
Special teams was responsible for all of the team’s points. K Mike Badgley delivered a perfect 4-for-4 game.
Minnesota is the favorite in this one, with an expected 7.5-point margin of victory. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past three games, so buyers beware.
The Vikings are now 3-1 while the Bears sit at 2-2. A pair of defensive stats to keep an eye on: Minnesota ranks second in the NFL when it comes to passing touchdowns allowed, with only three on the season. Less enviably, Chicago is stumbling into the matchup with the most rushing yards allowed per game in the league, having given up 183.3 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against Chicago.
Have to do what you have to do for a first down. pic.twitter.com/01ix3bAbxh
Cam called GAME 😤😤
📺: @NFLonFOX pic.twitter.com/3L24g1rjhS
Justin Fields is live at the podium @Hyundai | #CHIvsMIN https://t.co/NDKOTch2jx
LIVE: @KirkCousins8 talks to the media after today’s victory. https://t.co/LJGAsd7kb1
Coach Eberflus is speaking with the media@Hyundai | #CHIvsMIN https://t.co/0pJA80fQ7x
Coach provides an injury update on Ty Chandler, Akayleb Evans and Lewis Cine. pic.twitter.com/eUVleJjfUH
Fought til the end.https://t.co/TnvKWe77t2
A hard-fought win. pic.twitter.com/Je1DuFXIn8
LIVE: Head Coach Kevin O’Connell speaks to the media after today’s win. https://t.co/juP4pbhsqj
Cold like the Minnesota Vikings at home 🥶 pic.twitter.com/W6TOcP8b9m
4️⃣ – 1
.@camdantzler3 picking pockets
#Vikings CB Akayleb Evans is being evaluated for a concussion #MINvsCHI
.@KirkCousins8 gives the #Vikings the lead!!
📺: @NFLonFOX pic.twitter.com/y9XwbkI1CG
.@KirkCousins8 sneaks it in for 6!!! pic.twitter.com/oZ4aazChbT
#Bears Injury Update:
LB Matt Adams (calf) is questionable to return. pic.twitter.com/PjJsqURpzf
I love the fight in this team! @ChicagoBears 🐻⬇️
.@cairosantos19 puts us ahead 22-21 with 9:26 to go 🎯 pic.twitter.com/7svsPghtr0
.@ThePremier20 makin’ plays
📺: #CHIvsMIN on FOX pic.twitter.com/gX7Lu2vtSa
Finish the fight. #Skol pic.twitter.com/9u52o8xkLr
Fight to the finish pic.twitter.com/XVn1GcqQiU
.@cairosantos19‘s kick is good & we’ve got a 2 point game 👀 pic.twitter.com/8gct1udhQM
.@domrob_22 gets his hand on the ball to block the field goal! pic.twitter.com/2cMqN1SMIK
Whole squad was hyped for @VelusJr pic.twitter.com/1jJyVplWBO
#Vikings RB Ty Chandler is out with a hand injury. #MINvsCHI
.@VelusJr turns the corner for the TD ⚡️
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