Chicago Bears: November will Define Season

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11/1/15: Minnesota Vikings (4-2)

Adrian Peterson and the Vikings roll into town for an NFC North showdown.  But this is far more than just the Adrian Peterson show these days.  Sure, AD is still getting it done to the tune of 88 yards per game but Teddy Bridgewater and Stefon Diggs pose a threat in the passing game.   Diggs is bursting on the scene and will take the top off the Bears defense.

Speaking of defense, the Vikings’ calling card is Mike Zimmer’s defense.  The Vikings have brought back a a stingy defense that’s allowing only 17 points per game.  Linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith will provide challenges for the Bears offense.

The Vikings are a much better team at home than they are on the road.  They only notched their first road win last week against a hapless Lions team.  Yes, the same Lions team that beat the Bears before the bye.  John Fox has a stellar record coming the bye, not losing a post-bye game since 2007.  This presents the Bears with a real challenge and should offer a winnable game.  If they can keep Adrian Peterson under control, Teddy Bridgewater will give up the ball from time to time.  For the Bears offense, Jay Cutler should have a healthy Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal at his disposal to try to exploit some mismatches on the outside.

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