3. No Intimidation Factor
Yes, the Minnesota Vikings were seen as the most ferocious defense in the NFL just a season ago. Yes, Danielle Hunter is second in the league with 11.5 sacks. They are the reigning NFC North champions who made it all the way to the NFC Championship and only lost to the team that won the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter.
Whenever the Bears play the Vikings, the game is competitive, even when the opposing team has lacked a threatening roster. In fact, Chicago has won seven of the last ten home games against the Vikings, and that means during both the Marc Trestman and John Fox era. It is similar to how the Los Angeles Rams (then St. Louis), used to play and sometimes beat the Seattle Seahawks when the Seahawks were contenders and the Rams were fighting for the No. 1 pick. Sometimes teams just aren’t afraid of your stature in the league because of familiarity.
Like stated earlier, Trubisky’s first game was in primetime against the Vikings, and Minnesota was only able to win by three points after a costly interception thrown by the young QB. Now the Bears have a better defense than the Vikings, an explosive offense, and a roster gushing with confidence.
The Vikings spent a lot of capital this offseason acquiring Kirk Cousins, in order to push them over the proverbial “hump”. However, one aspect of Cousin’s game that has always been under intense scrutiny is his clutch performance ability. We’ve seen Cousins need to win a game or two to get his team into the playoffs and he hasn’t been as productive as $84 million guaranteed would indicate.
To be quite frank, Cousins is the definition of non-intimidation, especially in big games, and let’s see if the Bears feel the same way on Sunday night.