Maybe the most memorable things that has happened to the Minnesota Vikings outside of the Minneapolis Miracle these past few years is Lizzo name checking them on her indelible single 'Truth Hurts'.
Now that receiver in the Youtube video above this sentence, Stefon Diggs, is in Buffalo, Quarterback Kirk Cousins has regressed considerably after bringing the team deep in the NFC playoffs last year, and those Vikings are just are just 3-5 in 2020. There is hope as of late though as the Vikes have won two in a row to division rivals nonetheless. They beat the NFC North dominating Green Bay Packers in a huge upset and soundly beat the Detroit Lions last week. Both of those wins were mostly due to one man.
They've done it by getting back to their formula by running the ball and letting the play action build for Cousins to become a more efficient quarterback. The person that's allowed them to do that is Dalvin Cook. Dare we say it? He's been the best halfback in the NFL this season. Yes, even better than Derrick "King" Henry. There is not a game he's played in where he didn't reach the endzone. Against the Packers he "only" rushed for 163 and had three scores. Against the Lions he rushed for a staggering 206 yards and "only" two touchdowns. He is leading the league in touchdowns (12) and he is second in rushing yards (858) only behind Henry. He missed their game against the Falcons before this two game winning streak began.
Chicago's defense is better than both of those teams and should be able to relatively contain Cook. (So maybe only a hundred yards and a score for Cook?) But the Bears offense still might struggle keeping up with the Vikings. Quarterback Nick Foles is more of a game manager than an elite presence. He'll keep them in this one but their starting RB David Montgomery is out with a concussion which will hurt them in their pursuit of a balanced attack.
The Bears are in the thick of this division but have really struggled as of late losing their last three games. With a worse record, Minnesota might actually be favored in this game. If they can get past this one in Chicago, their next three opponents are the Cowboys, Panthers and Jaguars who all have considerable losing records. It may be just a bit too early to count out these Vikings.
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