What The Vikings Need To Do On Offense To Beat The Bears

kirk cousins minnesota vikingsOn Sunday night the Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears (6-3) who have won three straight and are starting to look like the team to beat in the NFC North.

So, with so much at stake here’s a look at what the Minnesota Vikings need to do on offense to beat the Bears at Soldier Field and take possession of the division’s top spot.

The Vikings run game has to be effective inside the 15-yard line to help take pressure off quarterback Kirk Cousins and pound the ball inside to help the team get some much-needed points on the board.

The Vikings also need to be very careful on third down as the Bears have managed to Cause turnovers on 6.3 percent of the third-down plays they have defended, which ranks first in the NFL. Their defense is proving to be very opportunistic with 25 takeaways (second in the NFL), so the Vikings will have to keep an eye on Khalil Mack on every play, and make sure they take care of the ball and avoid mistakes when presented with scoring chances.

Kirk Cousins must do his part by not holding on to the ball for too long as that proved to be lethal for Matt Stafford when he faced this Bears defense as they tend to get sacks, batted passes and turnovers off that.

The Vikings also must execute on their screen and play-action plays as they have two very athletic and capable tackles that anchor their offensive line and help this team’s offensive players get to that second level.

Whether it’s with short passes to his receivers or quick throws to his running backs Cousins has to have the time to execute those plays to make his offense more explosive, keep the pass pressure off and throw Chicago’s defense off balance.

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