It was always going to be difficult for the Minnesota Vikings to generate pressure this season without the services of Danielle Hunter. The standout defensive end hasn’t played a down in 2020 due to a serious neck injury and considering they also lost Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen in free agency, it has been a real baptism of fire for those remaining on the roster.
That being said, if the Vikings can raise their standard in terms of generating pressure it might make beleaguered quarterback Mitchell Truibisky think twice about where he is distributing the football.
The former No. 2 overall selection is back in the plate after being benched for Nick Foles earlier this season and although he is coming off his best performance of the season, there is every chance this could be fools gold.
Making Trubisky as uncomfortable as possible is going to be crucial. Ifeadi Odenigbo is going to play a huge part in this and this is another great chance for the defensive end to prove he is worthy of a multi-year extension when it’s time for the player and his agent to head to the bargaining table once competitive action concludes.
The Bears are giving up 2.5 sacks-per-game, which is ranked No. 22 in the league. So if Minnesota can come up with the right gameplan, there are some cracks that can be exploited.