3 matchups the Vikings need to win in Week 12 vs. the Bears

What will give the Minnesota Vikings the edge over the Chicago Bears on Monday night?

Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Harrison Phillips
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What are some key matchups the Minnesota Vikings need to win in order to get a victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night?

The Minnesota Vikings face off against the division-rival Chicago Bears on Monday night, and they do so while holding the sixth seed in the NFC playoff race.

The last time these two teams played, Minnesota came into that game with a 1-4 record and the feeling that this season was over. Now they're playing again after a little over a month, and the Vikings have completely turned their season around. The Bears? Not so much.

The Vikings will (more than likely) be without star receiver Justin Jefferson again in their matchup with Chicago, as the first contest between these two teams was the first week of Jefferson being on injured reserve due to his injury.

This time around, however, there will be no Kirk Cousins for Minnesota, as the quarterback faced the Bears in the first meeting, but he will miss Monday's game due to his Achilles injury.

Some key Vikings will be out this week compared to when these two teams faced off for the first time this season, so it will take even more of a team effort to pull out the win.

What are some of the key on-field matchups that Minnesota will need to win in order to secure the Week 12 victory over Chicago on Monday night?