Monday night marks a new era of Chicago Bears football. Second overall draft pick Mitch Trubisky will start the first game of his NFL career against the Minnesota Vikings.
There is a lot of excitement surrounding the game and rightful so. Hopefully, the kid from Ohio can show us why the Bears traded up for him in April’s draft.
It’s not going to be an easy task, but there are several reasons to believe the Bears can upset the Vikings on Monday night.
Here are five things to know about the week five match-up.
The Bears will be without three of their top linebackers when they take on the Vikings. It is one of, if not the biggest concern heading into Monday night. Jerrell Freeman is already out the entire season with a pectoral injury. Nick Kwiatkoski, who also has a pectoral injury, will also miss the game.
Danny Trevathan will be serving his one-game suspension for a dirty hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devante Adams. The linebacker unit will be thin, which again isn’t a good thing going up against the Vikings talented offense.
Don’t look now, but the Bears actually have a quarterback that can make throws on the run and make plays outside of the pocket. Dowell Loggains should have a lot more plays to work with, which is always a good thing. Expect to see a lot of roll-outs and play action.
Unfortunately, the wide receiver depth chart hasn’t changed much. Although, I am interested to see how much Tre McBride plays. The Bears added him to the active roster this week.
The Bears defensive line has been surprisingly quiet this season and they will be without one of their starters.
Willie Young is out for Monday night and the rest of the season with a torn triceps. The rest of the defensive line will have to step up because the Bears cannot afford to give the quarterback time with their secondary.
— The Loop Sports (@TheLoop_Sports) October 8, 2017
Vikings Wide Receivers
The more time I spend scouting the Vikings offense, the more impressed I become. The unit that scares me the most are the wide receivers. Stefon Diggs may be the best wide-out in the NFL right now. He also has an act for playing well against the Bears. Last year on Monday Night Football, Diggs went for 76-yards and a touchdown but should have had much more.
Adam Thielen is no joke either.
The only thing that might be able to slow down this duo is the good old Soldier Field grass. Many players that are used to playing on turf tend to struggle on grass. Hopefully, that’s the case tonight.
Sam Bradford will start at quarterback for the Vikings after being out the last three weeks with a knee injury.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford expected to return Monday night vs Bears…. https://t.co/rDJHCo26dn
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2017
Having Bradford back makes the Vikings offense a lot better. With that being said, I’m interested to see how mobile Bradford is and if that knee is still bothering him. With rookie Dalvin Cook out for the season, we can expect the Vikings to pass the football more than usual.
Words cannot describe how excited I am for this football game. I don’t want to over-hype Trubisky, but the kid has a lot of upside. For the first time in a long time, I am truly excited for a Bears game.
Now, do I think the Bears will win? Eh, that’s a tough one. Last week, Aaron Rodgers proved that the Bears secondary was still very much average at best. I was hoping Bradford would be out, but he will be in there. I think the offense opens up and Trubisky shows some flashes. I’m going with my heart, instead of my gut.
Bears 24 Vikings 23