The Chicago Bears second divisional game in a row against the Minnesota Vikings will be pretty revealing.
The Chicago Bears Week 11 matchup against division rival Minnesota Vikings has been flexed into primetime. The last time the Bears played a Sunday Night Football game at Soldier Field was a scintillating affair in 2012 when Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans came into town to take on Jay Cutler and team — though Jason Campbell actually finished that game, so you can probably guess the result. And you can also guess it was not very scintillating.
On that night in November, the 7-1 Bears lost 13-6 and faltered down the stretch, going 3-4 the rest of the way, finishing third in the division and missing the playoffs. This version of the Monsters of the Midway is hoping for a very different result, both in the outcome of this game and the way in which they finish the season.
However, the task will not be an easy one at all. Although they have not necessarily played up to the preseason expectations, the Vikings are a very good team and represent a huge challenge for this up-and-coming Chicago roster.
Kirk Cousins is an extremely good passer who can slice up a defense with pinpoint accuracy, and so the secondary will have to be on its game. They also have a pretty fearsome front seven, with players that can get after the quarterback, so it will also be imperative that the offensive line protects Mitch Trubisky.
Regardless, by Monday morning we will know a lot about this Bears team and where they stand for the rest of the year. Here are three things, in particular, we will likely learn.