Bears vs. Vikings: Can Mitch Trubisky make a difference in first start?

Bears vs. Vikings: Can Mitch Trubisky make a difference in first start?
5 Questions: Bears vs. Vikings
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Trubisky ready to make his debut as Bears take on Vikings

The Vikings already have three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in Bradford, Keenum and Kyle Sloter. Whenever Bridgewater might be ready to play, they would need to make a roster decision on how many quarterbacks to carry.Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked by reporters about his confidence in Bradford’s ability to play.

Chicago Hope, Chapter 4: Mitch Trubisky 'main piece for what they're starting'

Bradford was off to hot start this year before being slowed by a knee injury. In his absence, even with a below average quarterback in Case Keenum, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have still excelled. The Bears pass rush has struggled this year so far and, with OLB Willie Young going down for the season with a triceps injury, things just got worse. The secondary has been a strength so far limiting opponents but can only do so much with the talent available. Marcus Cooper did not participate in practice this week with back spasms and is questionable to play Monday. So, can a depleted pass rush and secondary get the job done? Yes they can, Leonard Floyd and Pernell Mcphee have both been up and down so far and, with a consistent showing from either one and a big game from one of the lineman, Bradford could have fits trying to escape on a still hobbled knee. Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara have both been solid in coverage and Callahan again has been great in the slot. The loss of Dalvin Cook brings less threat in the run game so if the Bears best players step up, there is no reason for the pass rush to not get home and disrupt Bradford and co.Willie Young’s triceps injury will keep him out for the remainder of the season.Down 23-17 with 1 minute, 7 seconds to play, Favre led a 92-yard winning touchdown drive, hitting Kitrick Taylor for the 35-yard go-ahead score with 13 seconds left.

NFL: For Bears, Trubisky Time starts against banged-up Vikings

The Bears cornerback has been targeted frequently through Chicago’s first four games, and either Keenum or Bradford could look to go after Fuller on Monday night with either Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen lined up across from the corner.Wide receiver Markus Wheaton, who missed the first two games with a finger injury and has yet to catch a pass, was asked to describe Mitch’s demeanor in the huddle.

GROUNDED: With Cook out, Latavius Murray takes over as Minnesota’s primary ball carrier. He said he’s still not quite 100 percent after having offseason ankle surgery, though he is well enough to play. Murray is in his first season with the Vikings after spending his first three with Oakland, where he ran for a combined 1,854 yards the past two years.By Chip Scoggins , Star Tribune October 08, 2017 – 11:22 PM“That’s probably the best I’ve ever seen Sam play,’’ Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden said in a phone interview last Thursday.

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The Vikings have lost nine of their past 10 games in Chicago, including a 20-10 loss last year that marked the beginning of Mike Zimmer’s eye issues, the end of Norv Turner’s tenure as offensive coordinator and the point when the season went off the rails.

Sportsbook Review for any changes up until kickoff.Mike Zimmer met w/ ESPN’s MNF crew tonight & said he “anticipates” Sam Bradford will start vs. Bears tomorrow.

Chicago Hope, Chapter 4: Mitch Trubisky 'main piece for what they're starting'
Chicago Hope, Chapter 4: Mitch Trubisky 'main piece for what they're starting'

Information from ESPN’s Courtney Cronin was used in this report.One bright spot for Minnesota is the return of wide receiver Michael Floyd, who will be reinstated from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Floyd joins a talented group of wideouts that includes Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

Week 5 injury report: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears by Adam CarlsonVikingsReport: Sam Bradford expected to start on Monday night for the Vikingsby Adam Patrick9 hours agoFollow @Str8_Cash_HomeyTweetSharexGPlusPinCommentFor their Monday night matchup in Chicago, the Minnesota Vikings will reportedly have quarterback Sam Bradford back in their starting lineup after a three week absence.It has been three weeks since Sam Bradford has suited up for the Minnesota Vikings this season. After throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1, the quarterback has been out of action with a left knee injury.

If the Bears decide to play run prevention, which they most likely will not do with the season-ending injury of running back Dalvin Cook, then Keenum could have a big day.

After getting the second opinion, Bradford is hopeful this won’t be an issue that continues to surface.

The Call: Vikings at Chicago

“You know, you just rush,” Griffen said. “You rush. You stop the run first and foremost. They’ve got a good running game: (Jordan) Howard, he’s a strong back. He likes to hit the hole downhill, a north and south runner. They’ve got some good wideouts that they can get the ball to, but at the end of the day we’ve got to stop the run because they’re going to run the ball against us, and they’re going to throw play actions, play-action passes. I don’t think they will give us drop-back passes at all, but who knows?”LIMBECK: It seems to be one sigh after another when it comes to the Vikings. Running back Dalvin Cook was off to a tremendous start to his career. And now, because of an ACL injury, his rookie season is over after just four games. I feel horrible for Cook, but Vikings fans might remember rookie linebacker Chad Greenway blowing out his knee in his first exhibition game, and he rebounded to have an outstanding career. But Vikings fans have to be wondering what will go wrong next. It’s always something. And then something else. Speaking of something, wouldn’t it be a nice surprise if quarterback Sam Bradford returned tonight in Chicago?
NFL: For Bears, Trubisky Time starts against banged-up Vikings
NFL: For Bears, Trubisky Time starts against banged-up Vikings
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Unfazed by all the hoopla surrounding his highly anticipated debut, Mitchell Trubisky insisted he is ready.

3. With Sam Bradford’s return, how can the Bears defense stop him and the Viking’s receivers?

His return comes at a time where the Vikings’ overall health at quarterback might be improving in another area. The team can bring Teddy Bridgewater back to practice after six weeks on the physically-unable-to-perform list, and multiple sources said the Vikings’ plan has been to clear Bridgewater for practice shortly after Week 6 game against, provided he has no setbacks. Bridgewater, who dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL last Aug. 30, has been making solid progress in his rehab from the injury and has steadily increased his workload in hopes of a return.

Bradford had moderate success against the Bears’ last season, his first with Minnesota. He was 23-of-37 for 228 yards with a touchdown in the Monday Night loss last October but was better in the season finale on New Year’s Day, going 25-of-33 for 250 yards and a touchdown compared to one interception.

Report: Sam Bradford expected to start on Monday night for the Vikings

Updated: October 9, 2017 @ 5:15 am

But teammates and coaches seem confident the 23-year-old can transition from one-year starter at North Carolina and four-game NFL apprentice to handling what many consider the most difficult position in sports. The added burden of being widely touted as “The next big thing,” hasn’t changed Trubisky’s approach, according to those closest to him.

Report: Sam Bradford to start for Minnesota Vikings on Monday night

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 28: A fan celebrates a first down by the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 28, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bears 13-9. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky (10) and Mike Glennon (8) warm up before a game against the Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.”Seamless,” is how seven-year veteran tight end Zach Miller described Trubisky’s first week of practice as the No. 1 quarterback.

ESPN: Mike Zimmer “Anticipates” Sam Bradford Will Start Monday

In this Sept. 24, 2017, photo, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky warms up before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Chicago. Unfazed by all the hoopla surrounding his highly anticipated debut, Trubisky insisted he is ready. The prized rookie quarterback takes his spot under the spotlight, with all eyes on him, when the Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)(Photo: The Associated Press)Thank you for Reading! We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content.By Ben Goessling , Star Tribune October 09, 2017 – 5:46 AM

Chicago’s defense has offered reason for hope in an otherwise ugly start to the season. The Bears are No. 8 in the NFL in total defense with 306.3 yards allowed per game.

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ESPN reported that Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer told the network’s Monday Night Football crew in a production meeting Sunday he “anticipates” Bradford will start in the nationally televised game at Soldier Field.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer 'anticipates' QB Sam Bradford will start vs. Bears

Starting with Pernell McPhee’s knee scope before practices in Bourbonnais starter, to Jerrell Freeman (pec) being lost for the year then Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) missing significant time, it’s been a rough year keeping the second line of defense healthy.

Bradford missed the last three games with a knee injury but returned to practice on Thursday as a limited participant due to his swollen left knee.

“The further you go, it goes from hoping you maybe have the guy, to fooling yourself thinking you have the guy,” he said.
5 Questions: Bears vs. Vikings
5 Questions: Bears vs. Vikings

Bradford, who suffered a noncontact injury to his left knee during a Week 1 win over New Orleans and last practiced on Sept. 21, on Friday said the knee has “come a long ways” after he returned to practice Thursday.”Naw, man,” he said. “The train’s going to keep on going, baby. We’ve got guys who are going to step up in that role. I don’t like that at all. We don’t like that negative energy.”

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen paces the team with five sacks in the first four games. Safety Andrew Sendejo also has emerged as a leader with 32 tackles and an interception.Bradford returned to practice on Thursday but his status remained uncertain with many anticipating Case Keenum to be back under center against the Bears. Fortunately for Minnesota, Bradford was deemed healthy enough to get back to work potentially making the Vikings much more dangerous offensively in Week 5.

Minnesota will hope to bounce back from a loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 4 while Chicago aims for their second win of the season.

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Final Score: Vikings 21 Bears 17

'Keep your eye on him' — How speedy Mitch Trubisky aids Bears run game

Minnesota also has two of the game’s better pass rushers in Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter, who are sure to challenge Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, and if the Bears can’t keep pressure off Trubisky with their ground game, it’s likely to be a long night for the rookie.

Where the Bears can expose the Vikings is through the air. Minnesota has the 24th worst passing defense in the league, giving up 246 passing yards per game.CHICAGO – It appears the Vikings will have Sam Bradford back at quarterback on Monday night.– SS Andrew Sendejo (shoulder/illness) didn’t practice Thursday. Keep an eye on this injury. He didn’t play in last year’s game at Chicago. That forced rookie Jayron Kearse to start. Kearse’s poor angle and missed tackle on a long Jordan Howard run set the tone for the night as the Vikings lost 20-10. The Vikings still don’t have quality depth at safety.

If the Vikings relentless pass rush overwhelms the Bears and Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter smell blood, Trubisky will spend his first NFL game in survival mode.Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will make his first start, as the No. 2 overall pick replaces Mike Glennon. The Vikings will look to pressure Trubisky while being mindful of the North Carolina product’s mobility. if (typeof galleryQueryStrings === ‘undefined’) { var galleryQueryStrings = {}; } galleryQueryStrings[‘’] = JSON.parse(‘{“pageName”:”pageName=The%20Call%3A%20Vikings%20at%20Chicago”,”channel”:”channel=Photo Gallery”,”server”:””,”prop1″:”″,”prop2″:”c2=V20171004″,”prop3″:”c3=Photo”,”prop4″:”c4=Photo Gallery”,”prop5″:”c5=”,”prop7″:”c7=Photography”,”prop16″:”c16=”,”prop24″:”c24=Photo Gallery”,”prop31″:”c31=Related%20Article%20Single%20Image”,”prop33″:”c33=”,”prop64″:”c64=”,”prop71″:”c71=websites”}’); Fuller

Trubisky’s mobility, his knack for improvising and making plays on the move should give a sputtering offense additional chances to make something out of nothing.

Wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen will both have big days for the Vikings on Monday. Both players catch one touchdown pass, and both go over the 100-yard mark.

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4. How good or bad are the Bears’ receivers actually?

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