Chicago Bears Gameday: 3 Keys to Victory over the Minnesota Vikings

Chicago Bears, Justin Fields
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Chicago Bears, Jaylon Johnson
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The Chicago Bears need to take advantage of turnovers

Over the past month or so, the Bears' defense has begun to find their rhythm. Thanks in part to the acquisition of Montez Sweat, the defense has improved at generating pressure on the quarterback as well as forcing turnovers, although the team as a whole needs to be more efficient in turning extra possessions into points.

Dating back to their first game without Fields against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Bears defense has forced eight total turnovers in five games, including forcing 3+ turnovers twice against Las Vegas and last week in Detroit. However, if you take away Jaylon Johnson's pick-six against the Raiders, the Bears have been able to convert only four of seven opportunities into points with just three touchdowns.


This inability to score after getting the ball back was specifically problematic last week, while Detroit was meanwhile able to score after every Bears' turnover, including the game-clinching safety on the team's final possession. Against Minnesota, it is imperative that the defense not only continues to force turnovers but that the offense then converts those extra opportunities into more points.