NFL Week Eight Preview – Minnesota at Chicago

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings

The 4-2 Minnesota Vikings will look to stay in the race in the NFC North on Sunday as they travel to Chicago to take on Jay Cutler and the 2-4 Chicago Bears.

Minnesota has been playing well, they are looking for their third straight win for the first time in three seasons. They topped the Lions last Sunday 28-19, their first road win in the NFC North in nine chances.

The Vikings D seems to be getting better, as in the win over Detroit it was their fifth game limiting opponents to no more than 20 points. Minnesota is tied with Denver at 17.0 points per game allowed.

”This team is very hungry. We work our tails off,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “From Monday to Sunday, we’re always working. We’re always in the lab trying to get better.”

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater also appears to be making strides. In his first three games he only threw for 505 yards and one touchdown, but since he’s thrown for 834 and four scores.

A big reason to Bridgewaters’s success is the play of youngster Stefon Diggs, who has 19 catches for 324 yards. Diggs caught his first touchdown against the Lions while hauling in six of his nine targets for 108 yards.

“I was preparing myself since day one, and I knew I was going to have to sharpen my blade when I wasn’t getting any game time,” Diggs told the team’s official website.

“You’ve still got to work hard, no matter what, and when my time came, I knew I was going to take advantage of my opportunity.”

Look for the Vikings D to try and pressure Cutler, forcing him to make his usual quota of mistakes. When Cutler gets comfortable in the pocket, he’s at his best. The Vikings D line has to make sure to not allow that to happen.

Another weapon the Vikings need to stop is Matt Forte. The Chicago back has had 244 touches in the Bears’ last 11 games against the Vikings and hasn’t scored on any of them, and the Vikings need to keep it that way.

The Vikings are on a roll right now, and can’t look past their NFC North rivals. Look for a hard fought game in the Windy City, but for the Vikings to make one more play to secure their 5th win of the year.

Minnesota 26 Chicago 23

Fantasy Projections:

Minnesota– Teddy Bridgewater 179 yards 1 TD, Adrian Peterson 139 yards rushing 2 TD’s, Stefon Diggs 78 yards receiving 1 TD
Chicago – Jay Culter 256 yards 1 TD, Matt Forte 81 yards 1 TD, Alshon Jeffrey 70 yards receiving 1 TD

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