Minnesota Vikings Change No. 2: Beat The Bears
The Vikings have lost to the Chicago Bears four straight times. Whether they admit it or not, this has to be in their heads, and ending this streak has to be one of their major goals this season.
The reason the Bears have been so successful against the Vikings as of late is because of the gross mismatch between their defensive line and the offensive line of the Purple. The Bears front seven includes players like Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Khalil Mack, Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith. Even backups like Nick Williams and Nick Kwiatkoski have had great success against the Vikings.
Luckily those players and pass-rusher Leonard Floyd left in free agency, but the Bears did bring in the veteran, Robert Quinn, to alleviate those losses.
It’s fair to question whether or not the Vikings offensive line will be any better this season. While they did use a second-round pick on offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland, it’s widely assumed he won’t be ready to be a starter until year two. If that’s the case, the Vikings appear to be promoting from within and the new starters could all be players who were already on the roster and previously were decimated by the Bears defensive line.
The Vikings hope Garrett Bradbury is better in year two, and will also hope that whoever ends up starting at the guard positions will be better than the duo of Pat Elflein and Josh Kline was a season ago.
If they aren’t, the Vikings could see their losing streak against the Bears get even higher.