So, while the Bears no doubt have a great defense, the Vikings do as well. Robinson had his best game as a Bear last weekend against Detroit (six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns) and together with Miller (five for 122 yards and a score last week) provides an upgrade in team speed for Chicago. "They're strong. They can force you to lose leverage, so you know Cody [Whitehair] and our guards, they understand they are going to have a big challenge here this week". This sets up what could be a highly entertaining Sunday night game between these two high-powered teams with playoff aspirations. The addition of edge rusher Khalil Mack (coming over in a trade from Oakland) solidified this unit as one of the best in the National Football League and certainly one that the Vikings offensive line needs to be wary of.
"They haven't changed that much defensively except for Khalil Mack, which adds to some of those poor throws and pressure", Zimmer said, when asked what they have changed to get so many picks.
They move Hunter around enough to make it a very hard proposition, and Helfrich also worries about the way the Vikings disguise their rush schemes. "You fear nobody but you respect them and that's the type of guy he is, you got to respect him and that's with their defense, you got to respect them because they're leading in a lot of categories around the league", said Dalvin Cook.
Although his level of production has dropped a bit over the last few weeks due to an ankle injury, Mack has added a huge element to that defensive front.
Like Long, the Vikings are without their best guard, Nick Easton, for the season. That was a very, very good defense a year ago.
Minnesota left tackle Riley Reiff is better than Bears tackles Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, but their right tackle, Rashod Hill, isn't as good.
There is one factor here that solidly favors the Bears: Mitch Trubisky is a much better scrambler and runner than Kirk Cousins.
It's now the second home game in a row the Bears will have moved from noon to 7:20 p.m., with this Sunday's game with the Minnesota Vikings making the move to the standalone night slot.
"I'm practicing against two of the best defensive ends in football every day", said Kyle Rudolph.
We're expected to see some fireworks on Thursday night, but maybe less than we would've thought from the purple side.