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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3. Vikings offense vs. Turnover bug

Not to be living off of hypotheticals, but if the Vikings cut their turnover numbers in half this season, their record could easily be rivaling the 8-3 Detroit Lions at the top of the NFC North.

Minnesota has been their own worst enemy this season, and last week's loss to the Denver Broncos was just another example of that. The Vikings lost the game by one point, and losing the turnover battle 3-0 did them no favors in securing a win.

This matchup is not only something the Vikings need to win this week, but during the remainder of the season as well because a massive turnover problem isn't going to lead to any playoff success.

While Minnesota's defense has been great this season, the unit has been a bit average when it has come to forcing turnovers, which has put even more pressure on the team's offense to clean up their act.

Heading into Monday night, the Vikings have a -6 turnover differential, which is a stat that needs to change in order for Minnesota to continue winning games this season.