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

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The Minnesota Vikings are looking to improve to 4-1 but can they do it in dominant fashion against the Chicago Bears?

At 3-1, the Minnesota Vikings are in a position they haven’t been in for a while. Since 2005, the Vikings have started a season 3-1 or better just four times and each of those years has produced a different result.

In 2009, they used a 4-0 start on their way to the NFC Championship. In 2012, they started 3-1 on their way to a first-round exit in the playoffs. In 2016, they started 5-0 before going 3-8 over their final 11 games. Each team is different, and that includes this year’s version of the Vikings.

Minnesota has had success over the first month of the season, but it’s hard to gauge who they are. They obliterated the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, but then they were handed a victory thanks to a bad fourth-down decision by Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell and the Detroit Lions. A double doink by New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz was a rare moment of fortune in London, and now the Vikings look for their best start since 2016 when they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

The Bears enter at 2-2, but it may be more of a counterfeit record. Chicago has relied on its ground game and quarterback Justin Fields has not proven himself as a franchise savior. With a roster that’s more geared toward obtaining a top-five pick than winning the NFC North, the Bears represent a get-right spot for the Vikings, who have won games despite leaving plays on the field.

In this article, we’ll take a look at Sunday’s matchup and give you five bold predictions for when Minnesota hosts Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium.