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NFL Week 11 Sunday Night Football Vikings vs Bears

The Vikings will trek to Chicago this week for a divisional matchup that has playoff implications. The NFC North is a logjam, and the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears are in a battle for the top spot and a win for either one would go a long way in solidifying a playoff position. Both teams are ranking among the top five in the league in defense, so every point will matter in this matchup.

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The Vikings have had a lot of success this year with the QB-WR matchup of Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen and Stephan Diggs. The trio has vaulted the Vikings into first in the league in pass completions on the season with 259.

The Vikings running game, on the other hand, has been a little more inconsistent. They rank 28th in the league in yards per game with a mere 91.7. The Bears' defense is probably licking their lips at that stat, as they have been holding opponents to 84.7 yards per game on average, which is second best in the NFL behind the Saints.

The Vikings defense is no slouch either, as they are only giving up 322.2 yards per game on average to opponents, which is 5th best in the league, behind the Bears.

Injury wise, the Vikings are coming off a bye and appear to be pretty healthy. T Aviante Collins and CB Michael Hughes are still out, but other than that the Vikings seem to have a full roster headed into Sunday night.

Over on Chicago's side, Mitchell Trubisky has been great at QB all season, but last week he was particularly strong against the Lions, throwing for 355 yards and scoring four total touchdowns in that game. If he can carry some of that success into this matchup against Minnesota, the Bears will have a better shot at not being overwhelmed by the Viking defense.

The Vikings know what they are facing in Trubisky and are taking all the necessary steps to prepare.

“The quarterback has found himself,” Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter said of Trubisky. “He does what he needs to do to help his team make points. We see that he makes a lot of plays with his legs, and that’s a big factor.”

Speaking of defense, the Bears are one of the few teams that rival the Vikings on that side of the field. Chicago has been having a great season on that side of the ball, allowing opponents just over 19 points a game on average, which is fourth-best in the NFL. CB Kyle Fuller is second in the league in interceptions as well, with four on the season. LB/DE hybrid Khalil Mack has been a good pickup this season, with seven sacks and an interception for a TD.

Altogether, the success of Trubisky and the Bears defense have led the team to the best turnover margin in the NFL.

Surprisingly, history favors the Bears in this game. Although Minnesota has had a better team over the last few seasons since 2000, they are only 3-14 when traveling to Chicago. In total, the teams have played 114 times dating back to 1961 with Minnesota holding a better record at 60-52-2.

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