Mitchell Trubisky understands how high the stakes are.
The Vikings, off of their bye week, travel to first place Chicago for a Sunday night game.
"It's a huge opportunity to show the world what we're about and make a statement in our division", Trubisky said.
The Bears, at 6-3, are for real. It's a long season.
"Both of those receivers with Thielen and Diggs, they're just very natural receivers", Nagy said. "It could be looked at as a statement game, but we're really just looking for a win because we know how important it is to win the division".
The Vikings are 60-52-2 all time against the Bears and have won four of the last five matchups. Cris Carter has team record with four such games in 1994 and again in 1995. They have 30 sacks, which is fifth in the league, and have the second-most takeaways in the NFL this season with 16 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.
Points could be hard to come by for both teams. "But you can never get too high and you can never get too low". Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. "They might not be fun for the offense, but they're still fun for us". New head coach Mike Nagy has built an offensive machine that matches in tenacity the defense that former head coach John Fox built. "This is going to be a game that can very well tell the story toward the end of the season".
"I think he's done pretty much everything", Zimmer said. So for us to be able to have more of those, you want that. That's it. Read your keys. "That's part of the National Football League".
The status of struggling Bears kicker Cody Parkey is a BIG deal around Chicago. "And so any way we can get him the ball we're going to try to do that". Robinson had his best game as a Bear last weekend against Detroit (six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns) and together with Miller (five for 122 yards and a score last week) provides an upgrade in team speed for Chicago.
Trubisky debuted against Minnesota in Week 5 last season in a loss at home. Trubisky finished with a passer rating of 148.6. Compare that to the 196.4 yards through the air Minnesota's defense allowed per game when he actually was out on the field a year ago. He wasn't great, either, in the finale at Minnesota, going 20 of 36 for 178 yards. "So, I feel really prepared there, and I just want to make sure that our guys are really focusing in on this game Sunday night". The Vikings host the Packers on November 25 on Sunday night. Said Nagy: "It is a insane time playing a night game and then 80-something hours later you're traveling and you're on the road playing an early day game".
The Bears quarterback leads the league with 15 touchdown passes at home in 2018.
Although both these teams' secondaries are playing great football, take away defensive pressure, and the two clubs become very beatable.
OPENING LINE - Bears by 2½. The Bears, who have finished at the bottom of the NFC North Division for the past four seasons (and whom the Vikings have beaten the past three meetings and six of the past seven) have turned their fortunes around this year and now lead the Vikings in the North by half-a-game.