5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears – Week 10

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Minnesota’s defense will continue to improve

The Vikings were a mess defensively before the bye, but they have only allowed 21 points per game in their wins over the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions during the last two weeks. Even though Minnesota has been rotating corners due to injury, the success on defense has been due to Mike Zimmer dusting off his Cover 2 section of the playbook and finding solid results.

The group of Jeff Gladney, Harrison Hand, and Kris Boyd will not invoke memories of the Legion of Boom, but they are good enough to hold down an offense if the matchup is in their favor. On Monday, the Vikings will be in such a situation.

The Bears come into Monday night’s game shorthanded as running back David Montgomery is out with a concussion. Chicago receiver Allen Robinson is listed as questionable, but he’s expected to play. Even then, Minnesota will be tasked with shutting down Bears signal-caller Nick Foles. NFC Championship nightmares aside, Foles is an average quarterback and the Vikings should be able to hold their own in order to get a win.

Unless Bears head coach Matt Nagy has some big surprise up their sleeve, this is a matchup the Vikings should win and it will go a long way toward exorcising their Chicago demons.