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Week 10 Preview: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Previewing the match-up between the Minnesota Vikings visiting the Chicago Bears, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 10 GAME PREVIEWS
IND @ TEN | HOU @ CLE | WAS @ DET | TB @ CAR | PHI @ NYG | JAX @ GB | BUF @ ARZ
LAC @ MIA | DEN @ LV | SEA @ LAR | CIN @ PIT | SF @ NO | BAL @ NE | MIN @ CHI

Minnesota Vikings @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When: 11/16 @ 8:15pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Point Spread: Bikings -3
Over/Under: 43.5
Moneyline: Vikings -157 | Bears +138

Vikings Key Injuries: Anthony Barr, OLB, Pectoral (IR), Danielle Hunter, DE, Neck (IR), Holton Hill, DB, Foot (IR), Mike Hughes, CB, Neck (IR), Pat Elflein, OG, Thumb is expected to return from IR
Bears Key Injuries: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Shoulder (D), David Montgomery, RB, Concussion (Q), Tarik Cohen, RB, ACL (IR), Roy Robertson-Harris, DE, Shoulder (OUT), Bobby Massie, OT, Knee (IR), James Daniels, OG, Pectoral (IR),

NOTES: Quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 220 yards and three touchdowns for 141.7 rating last week. Has 250+ pass yards in three of his four career starts at Chi. Aims for his fourth in row on road with 90+ rating. Running back Dalvin Cook had career-high 252 scrimmage yards (career-high 206 rush, 46 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns last week. Is third player [Deuce McAllister (2003) and Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown (1963)] with 225+ scrimmmage yards and 2+ touchdowns in consecutive games in NFL history. Is sixth player in NFL history with rush touchdown in each of his first seven games of season. Had rush touchdown in last road meeting. Aims for his fifth in row on road with rush touchdown. Leads NFL with 13 scrimmage touchdowns in 2020 and leads NFL in rush touchdowns (25) since 2019. Wide receiver Adam Thielen has 5+ catches in two of his past three at Chi. Has 80+ receiving yards and touchdown catch in two of his past three on road. Is tied-fourth in NFL with seven receiving touchdowns this season. Rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson had team-high 64 receiving yards last week. Leads all rookies with 627 receiving yards and ranks second with 34 catches this season. Tight end Irv Smith Jr. had first-career game with two receiving touchdowns last week. Linebacker Eric Wilson led team with career-high 13 tackles and had 0.5 sacks and interception in Week 9. Is only player with 50+ tackles (53), 3+ interceptions (three) and 2+ sacks (2.5) this season. Linebacker Eric Kendricks had fifth-career interception last week. Ranks third in NFL with 84 tackles. Aims for his third in row at Chi. with 10+ tackles. Safety Harrison Smith had season-high 10 tackles and interception in Week 9. Since 2012, is only player with 25+ interceptions (25) and 10+ sacks (13). Cornerback Kris Boyd had career-high 11 tackles and first-career forced fumble last week. Rookie cornerback Jeff Gladney aims for his fourth in row with 7+ tackles.

Quarterback Nick Foles passed for season-high 335 yards and two touchdowns for 99.4 rating, his 11th-career 300-yard game. Aims for his third in row with 2+ TD passes and 90+ rating. Passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns for 141.4 rating in his last start vs. Min. (1/21/18 – NFC-C – w/ Phi.). Running back David Montgomery rushed for 113 yards and touchdown in last meeting. Aims for his seventh in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. Is one of three NFC running backs (Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley) with eight games of 50+ scrimmage yards in 2020. Wide receiver Allen Robinson led team with seven receptions and 81 receiving yards last week. Had nine receptions for 71 yards in last meeting. Aims for his third in row vs. Min and fourth in row overall with 70+ receiving yards. Since 2019, ranks tied-fourth in receptions (155) and fifth in receiving yards (1,859). Tight end Jimmy Graham had six catches for 55 yards and receiving touchdown last week. Has 79 career touchdown catches and needs receiving touchdown to become fourth tight end with 80 career touchdown catches. Wide receiver Darnell Mooney ranks tied-fourth among rookies with 31 receptions. Linebacker Khalil Mack aims for his third in row at home vs. Min. with sack and forced fumble. Has five sacks and four forced fumbles in five career games on MNF and aims for his fourth in row on MNF with sack and forced fumble. Since 2016, leads NFL with 19 forced fumbles. Linebacker Roquan Smith led team with 11 tackles and had eighth-career sack last week. Aims for his fifth in row at home with 7+ tackles. Ranks tied-second in tackles for loss (12) and tied-fourth in tackles (82). Linebacker Robert Quinn aims for his third in row vs. Min. with sack. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks has 6.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in seven career games vs. Min. Aims for his fourth in row at home vs. Min. with sack. Rookie Cornerback Jaylon Johnson ranks tied-second in NFL with 12 passes defended.

Holden is a young writer with an avid passion for sports. He is currently a sophomore at CUNY Queens College. Holden has worked on multiple publications including Hardwood and Hollywood, The Knight News, and the Long Island Herald. He would prefer if you don’t mention Super Bowl 52.

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