The Chicago Bears offensive line must keep Danielle Hunter in check.
The Chicago Bears have, without question, their most important game of the season coming up on Sunday night football against the Minnesota Vikings.
This isn’t just the most important game of the season, this is their most important game since Lovie Smith’s final year in Chicago.
The Bears enter the game as a three-point favorite at home, so the boys in Vegas expect the home crowd to push the Bears to a victory, but to do that, they will have to play a very good game.
There are plenty of things that need to go right for the Bears to win this game. The defense will have to rattle Kirk Cousins, they are going to have to cover Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and the offense is going to have to score some points against a tough front seven.
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The biggest issue on that front seven is defensive end Danielle Hunter who is having a tremendous season. Hunter has tallied 11.5 sacks on the year, he has 43 tackles with 13 TFLs and he’s even scampered 32 yards on a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Mitch Trubisky has struggled at times against blitzes and pressure, but he’s played better over the last few weeks in those situations. While Trubisky is elusive, if the offensive line can keep Hunter off Trubisky’s back, it will go a long way for the offense to have a good game.
The Vikings defense is still a strong unit, but their secondary can be exploited. If the Bears can give Trubisky a little time, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel and the rest of the Bears’ weapons should be able to get some separation and hit up the Vikings for some large yardage chunk plays.
If Hunter has the type of game like the one he had against the Detroit Lions, Trubisky could be in for a long day. If the Bears keep Trubisky upright and contain Hunter, that will go a long way for Chicago to earn a key victory and put themselves in the driver’s seat to win the division.