Minnesota’s View of Sunday’s Matchup

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Nov 2, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, we are going into enemy territory and hostile ground to see what our opponent’s websites are saying. Most of us know what our local sportscasters, bloggers, etc. are saying, but what about our enemy’s sites? Before stepping on the field of battle, or sitting on our couches in other words, it’s always entertaining to see how the opponents view the match up with our beloved Chicago Bears. It’s even more entertaining to poke holes in their assessments. This week: Bears, Vikings, Soldier Field. 

In my 33 years of living and being a Bear fan, this is the first time that I can say that I’m embarrassed to be a Bear fan. I wasn’t even embarrassed in the Dave Wannstedt years! It’s not pretty what the national and local Minnesota perception is of the Bears.

So, lets start at a national level and CBSSports.com:

Against the Spread (CHI -3.5)













Straight Up

So what are the local bloggers and media saying in Minnesota?

On our sister Fansided site, The Viking Age, writer Chris Serri points out that even though the Bear offense has struggled, they still must be respected:

"There has been an obvious drop-off in production from last season to this for these two players, and much of it can be credited to the poor play of quarterback Jay Cutler, but the Vikings secondary must still prioritize containing them on Sunday, as they are still game-changers who can alter the course of the game at any point in time."


On Viking website, the Daily Norseman, writer Eric Thompson has a lot of confidence heading into the match up and is certainly not scared on Jay Cutler:

"Yes, there is a new regime coming down from Minnesota this year, which means these past results shouldn’t really dictate future returns. After all, we have a shiny new head coach making a big batch of chicken salad out of chicken **** that’s been handed to him this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Vikings lead the NFL in sacks, and nothing gets Cutler to mope around faster than getting hit a few times. And if it’s close, we don’t have to worry about Devin Hester scoring a back-breaking return touchdown this year!"