December 30, 2017 06:00 PM
KSTP's sports staff gives you a look at the three keys the Vikings need to win Saturday's game against the Chicago Bears.
1. Stop Chicago's Running Backs
Chicago has a talented trio of running backs who compliment each other well. Jordan Howard has rushed for over 1,000 yards and is a power back who has nine touchdowns on the ground this year. Tarik Cohen and Benny Cunningham excel at catching the ball out of the backfield and will be tough match-ups for the Vikings' linebackers. The goal is to make rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky beat them.
2. No More Injuries on the O-Line
The Vikings will be without two starting offensive lineman on Sunday: center Pat Elflein and left guard Nick Easton. They can't afford another injury. Joe Berger will move over to center from right guard and Jeremiah Sirles will replace Easton, who is out of the season.
With a lot of moving parts, it'll be interesting how well they protect Case Keenum who has under a good amount of pressure last week at Green Bay. The Bears defense has been improving all season and they rank eigth in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, and are tied for seventh in the league with 40 sacks this season.
3. Be Prepared for Anything
The Vikings can scout the Bears all they want, but there's not doubt the Bears have a few plays that aren't on tape. Flea-flickers, double-reverses, halfback passes - the Bears can pretty much unload anything in their bag of tricks in the season finale.
Updated: December 30, 2017 06:00 PM
Created: December 29, 2017 08:18 PM
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