At the end of this season, it’s all about pride. The Chicago Bears is officially in the middle of a losing season with a score of 4-9. The knockout round is simply not an option at this point.
But, in the next few days, they will have their first game of the season at the Minnesota Vikings, and it will be on Monday Night Football. These two teams are always an exciting matchup in the beginning, and more often than not, Kirk Cousin being noticed in some fashion.
The Bears loved to hunt down their cousin, and Sunday night they had the chance to bury him and the Vikings.
Minnesota is now the first of the NFC Playoff images with a score of 6-7, but if they lose to the Bears, the Vikings will only have to toast.
A win over the Minnesota Vikings would not only be a source of pride, but it would also put a class competitor in bed for the year.
After playing the Bears, the Vikings then had to host the Los Angeles Rams, followed by traveling to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. If the Bears win on Monday night, the Viking Bears will drop to 6-8.
It’s hard to imagine the Vikings beating the Rams or the Packers, and chances are they’re in 6-10 after those two games. This Monday night game is a must-win for Minnesota. They have to win this game to have any hope of achieving post-season.
While it’s been a grim season for the Bears, there’s reason to believe they can beat Minnesota on Monday night. Believe it or not, the Bears have won the last 5/6 games against Minnesota, as of November 18, 2018.
The key for Chicago is clearly stopping Dalvin Cook. That has always been the number one priority for the Vikings. But, it all rests on Cousins’ shoulders. In seven career games against Chicago, Cousins are 3-4, throwing an average of 251 yards per game. He hit just nine touchdowns in those seven games, with five interceptions.
Cousins will have a secondary Styrofoam Bears to face, but he’ll have to get past the NFL’s third-best bag master in 2021, Robert Quinn, who has 14.0 for the year. The Vikings are also looking at the league’s fifth top saver, Roquan Smith. Both of these men were silver linings in a rather dismal season for Chicago.
To be fair, the Cousins are, in fact, the most underrated quarterback in football this season. He has 27 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions, with an interception rate of just over 1.0% of his throws – a career best.
If Chicago can accommodate Cook most of the time and get to the Cousins a couple of times on Monday night, they have a good chance of walking away with a win – and pretty much the end of a “playoff” dream.
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