In order for the Vikings to claim victory over the Bears on Sunday, there are several keys that the team must follow.
- Confuse Jay Cutler-We saw it last week, and we likely will see it again; Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler is good for at least one head-scratching interception in every game. The reason for that is because of Cutler’s confidence in thinking he can make any throw in any window. The Vikings need to take advantage of that. The Vikings’ defense needs to confuse Cutler and make the quarterback think there is a window to throw the ball when there really isn’t. Doing so will level out the production level between Cutler and Ponder, and give the Vikings’ a sizable advantage.
- Pressure Cutler-When Cutler has time to throw, the quarterback will pick any defense apart. Cutler was not sacked against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings need to get to the Bears’ quarterback early; merely to prove to the Bears’ revamped offensive line that they are not invincible.
- Stay Disciplined-While the Chicago Bears’ offense may have constructed a second-half comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday, it is fair to suggest that the Bears only won that game because of the Bengals’ lack of discipline. If the Vikings stay disciplined, then the team will avoid the same fate as the Bengals last week.
- Ponder Must Manage The Game-There is always a negative connotation given to quarterbacks who are given the label of a game manager. But, that is exactly what Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder must do. Let Adrian Peterson do what led the Vikings to the playoffs last season.