4 keys to victory for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Bears in Week 15

(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Dalvin Cook
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Get creative

These two teams know each other pretty well. So there won’t be much they haven’t seen before either on film or out there on the field when they lock horns from a scheme perspective.

However, if the Minnesota Vikings can get a little more creative with their play-calling on both sides of the ball, then it might be enough for a big play or two that could be decisive in the overall outcome.

Everybody knows that offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is going to pound running back Dalvin Cook early and often. But at this stage of the campaign with everything on the line, coming up with a trick play here and there will keep a formidable Chicago front seven on their toes and could see Minnesota’s prominent playmakers get a little more space to do some damage.

This also applies to the defensive unit.

There are obvious limitations in terms of personnel after a host of veteran departures in free agency. Although there are plenty of exciting young players from which to build moving forward, putting it all together in key moments has been a problem on occasions.

If there was ever a time to release the shackles and play with freedom, it is now.

And who knows? It might just come with the sort of improvements that can be a catalyst for a crucial triumph at U.S. Bank Stadium.