2. The Minnesota Vikings can be pushed by the Chicago Bears up the middle
The Minnesota Vikings defense has some talent, with Danielle Hunter and Marcus Davenport on the edges. However, this is an interior unit that can be pushed upfront. Harrison Phillips is fine, but he is the best lineman on the Vikings.
Both Jonathanthan Bullard and Dean Lowry are rotational players at best, but both of them rotate with each other in this weakened front. Bullard is someone that Bears fans know well, and it is surprising that he has stuck around in the NFL this long.
Either way, this is where they can be pushed. Behind them is Ivan Pace, a UDFA rookie linebacker who has played well but lacks size. If the Chicago Bears' offensive line can get out to the second level, they could grind this game away.
The Bears' interior has been a huge issue, but Thursday may have been a turning point. Nate Davis is healthy and has the rust shaken off, and Teven Jenkins just returned to the lineup as well. They got a solid game in together, got extra time off to build from it, and now they get a weakened Vikings front.
Cody Whitehair has been an issue this season, but now he is heading back to center, and that could be an upgrade as well. From week one, the Bears could be better at all three interior line spots. This is where the game has to be won for the Chicago Bears.