The Vikings defense thrives at home
For all the things that went wrong in Chicago, the Vikings defense had a solid night. While there were some breakdowns in discipline and keeping Mitchell Trubisky in the pocket, Minnesota was a couple of inches away from having a big night and shutting down the Bears’ offense.
Playing into the Vikings’ favor is that this game will be played in the friendly confines of U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota is 5-2 on the season at home and as NFL Network’s Kay Adams pointed out on Thursday, their defense turns it on underneath the ETFE glass.
The Vikings’ defensive line has also seen an uptick at home as they’ve recorded 23 sacks in their last three home games, including a franchise-record 10 sacks against the Detroit Lions in Week 9 and another nine sacks against the Miami Dolphins in Week 15.
If they can keep Trubisky in the pocket and finish plays, this could be a huge afternoon for the Minnesota defense.