Every week seems like a “must-win” at this point, but today in Chicago, Minnesota really has to win to keep hope alive in terms of winning their third straight NFC North title. The Bears have been sitting atop the division all season and while I have stated that they are not that good, the Vikings must prove it today. Brett Favre and company must go on the road and win. Period.
If Minnesota wants to win today, there is really only one key to the game; pressure Jay Cutler. The Chicago QB is basically a younger version of Favre, without the winning. If Jared Allen and the Vikings D can get to him, he will make mistakes. Obviously, its always better if the front four can get to him without blitzing, but if Leslie Frazier has to bring extra bodies to keep the heat on Cutler, fine. Hit him hard and often.
Offensively, it is very simple also; don’t turn the ball over. Adrian Peterson will run for over 100 yards and Favre will be able to throw, albeit not to Sidney Rice, as he was not removed from the PUP list in Saturday. Look for Visanthe Shiancoe to have a big game today. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be watching AP and Chicago will bring pressure with Julius Peppers and others. That should leave Big V with plenty of opportunities.
Today is a big game for the Vikings and an even bigger opportunity. If they can go on the road and win, then they will control their own destiny in terms of them versus Chicago within the division. The bad news is that the Vikings have struggled at Soldier Field and have lost eight straight road games overall. Favre was able to win their last year and has done so plenty over his career. Barring a playoff meeting, this will be Brett’s last trip to the historic field. As long as he doesn’t give them the ball, it should be a win.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).