After opposite results in their respective season openers this past Sunday, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings play one another at Soldier Field this upcoming Saturday.
Whenever the Vikings play the Bears, there are several storylines to watch. This game is no different, with that said, here are the five things to watch for in the Bears game against the Vikings on Sunday.
- Will The Bears Defensive Line Generate Pressure-The Chicago Bears defensive line was not effective against the Cincinnati Bengals. Whether or not the Bears defensive line can generate pressure against the Vikings will be something to watch for on Sunday. If the Bears’ defensive line can break through the Vikings’ offensive line, that should lead to a turnover-laden game once again for Christian Ponder.
- D.J. Williams against Adrian Peterson-The plan was for rookie Jonathan Bostic to replace Williams at the middle linebacker position last Sunday whenever the veteran linebacker needed a breather. That never happened. Williams will now be pitted against Adrian Peterson in what will be his first big test as the Bears’ starting middle linebacker.
- Quick-Start For The Bears’ Offense-It took the Bears offense nearly three and a half quarters to get going against the Bengals last Sunday. That is not the goal for Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman. Expect Trestman to dial-up some aggressive play-calls early in the game in an attempt to generate a quick-start for the Bears’ offense.
- Pondering A Quarterback Switch-After being responsible for four turnovers against the Detroit Lions, Ponder was given the vote of confidence by the Vikings’ head coach Leslie Frazier. That being said, if Ponder struggles out of the gate, the call for Matt Cassel will only get louder.
- Devin Hester’s Impact-Devin Hester barely touched the ball against the Bengals on Sunday as their special teams unit played keep away from the Bears’ returner. The Vikings’ will likely follow the same strategy which could give the Bears the advantage in the battle for field position.
Want to see how the Chicago fares in these five categories Sunday afternoon? You can currently grab Bears tickets for $135 so pick up a few and head to Soldier Field this Sunday!