5 Bears players the Vikings need to worry about on Monday night

(Photo by Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports) Akiem Hicks
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Eddie Jackson – S

Kirk Cousins hasn’t fared very well against the Bears in recent contests and this ball-hawking safety is a huge reason why. Eddie Jackson has a great sniffer for the football and he always seems to get himself into a position where he’s coming down with it in his hands or scooping a loose ball off the turf.

Jackson, surprisingly, doesn’t have an interception this season, but that could change against the Vikings. Chicago’s front seven has dominated Minnesota’s offensive line during the last four meetings between the two teams and this could create opportunities for the sticky handed safety.

If this continues, Cousins could get pressured and throw the ball out earlier than anticipated. This could lead to errant throws or the ball being thrown behind or ahead of the receiver, leading to an easy interception.

The Bears could also hit the Vikings‘ statuesque signal-caller, causing the ball to go fluttering helplessly and limply through the air. This has happened plenty of times already this season and while Minnesota’s offensive line has been better, this Chicago defense is easily their biggest test of the season.

The Vikings and Cousins especially just need to be aware of where Jackson is at all times. They should throw away from him as often as possible because if the Bears come out on top in the turnover battle, this win will go their way and potentially save their 2020 season.