Matt Trowbridge breaks down the Bears-Vikings matchup
Shut out Jared Allen. Nothing ignites the Viking horn more on defense than Allen, who had 4 ½ sacks in two games against Chicago last year. “He gives you great tempo, great enthusiasm,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said. “He’s a live wire. You need some personality some times. You don’t want a bunch of cow-eyed guys looking back at you. I don’t have that problem with him.”
Force turnovers. Brett Favre has the fewest interceptions in the NFL (three), but the Bears and Favre say he’s the same guy who led the NFL in interceptions two of the previous four years.
“Brett is who he is,” defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said. “He’s got a lot of confidence in his arm and is going to try to squeeze the ball into his receivers.” The Bears need to make him pay. Adrian Peterson, the NFL’s best runner, is prone to fumble, so Chicago has room for takeaways there, also.
Hope for Good Jay. Chicago traded for Jay Cutler for games like this. If he can throw for 300 yards and zero interceptions, the Bears can easily win. Anything less and it will be hard.