Sunday’s matchup is only the third division game for the Vikings this season, but it is proving to perhaps be one of the most important of the season. With Green Bay and Detroit reeling and Chicago surging, Minnesota’s trip to Solider Field could ultimately decide the NFC North champion.

Full Press Vikings will now make their predictions for Week 11 Minnesota at Chicago.

Madison Parkhill: Minnesota 20, Chicago 17

The Vikings travel to Chicago to take on the division-leading Bears. Both teams have elite defenses, with offenses that have been inconsistent in recent weeks. Defensively, Minnesota must force Mitchell Trubisky to beat them from within the pocket. Offensively, Kirk Cousins will need to get rid of the ball quick, before Khalil Mack and company can generate pressure. This is the biggest game of the year so far, and though it is on the road, I think the Vikings pull off the upset to reestablish themselves as the NFC North favorites.

– Madison Parkhill writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Vikings. Follow him @MadPark44.

Clayton Brooks: Minnesota 21, Chicago 20

This game has to be looked at as a big test for both of these squads. The Bears currently sit atop the NFC North at 6-3, with the defending division champion Minnesota a game back in the wins column. The Bears have been impressive but have yet to win against what many would call a credible opponent this season. Minnesota has close losses to both the Saints and Rams this season, but did pull out a key win against the defending Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles.

This game is in Chicago, a place the Vikings have had severe troubles winning over the past decade plus, though they’ve won two of the three most recent clashes. Those Bears teams are not these Bears. Both teams need a big win against a foe with a winning record. I’ll take the experience and better overall talent of the Vikings over the Bears in a nail-biter.

– Clayton Brooks writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Vikings. Follow him @ClaytonRBrooks2.

Sam Smith: Minnesota 16, Chicago 14

This game getting flexed to Sunday night is good for the division showcase, but probably bad for the two offenses. Both teams have shown ability to explode as much as any in football, but have also had bouts of ineffectiveness. A 30-degree night on the lakefront does not exactly bode well for teams that throw the ball a lot, nor does the fact that these are two of the best defenses in the game.

Chicago runs the ball more consistently than Minnesota does, but Minnesota is a tad better with its receivers. Both pass rushes are fantastic, the linebackers are solid and the secondaries make plays. The Bears defense is first in expected points added per play per Pro Football Focus, while the Vikings rank second. Long story short, these two teams are pretty even across the board. Where I favor Minnesota, however, is with the guys throwing the ball. Cousins is more reliable than Trubisky, even if Trubisky’s high points this year have been as high as it gets. Cousins makes big throws when he faces pressure, Trubisky is more wont to scramble. As such, I think that narrow edge in the passing game will ultimately propel the Vikings to win on the road in a low-scoring game. It probably will not be that fun to watch, but it will create some great stories as the teams battle for the division the rest of the way.

–Sam Smith is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Vikings and Deputy Editor for Full Press NFL. Like and

 

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