Vikings Coach Zimmer Previews Sunday's Game vs. 1st Place Bears

Vikings Coach Zimmer Previews Sunday's Game vs. 1st Place Bears

One whose smothering dominance is centered around a hell-raising force who is no small part of why the Bears sit in first place in the NFC North.

Sadly, the 2018 season is already halfway over for the Minnesota Vikings. "They're a very good third-down defense, so we're trying to stay out of third-and-long situations, want them to be very manageable, and we have to have a great execution on third down and in the red zone", he added.

With all due respect to Green Bay, Kansas City and Pittsburgh - all tied with Minnesota for the National Football League sacks lead with 31, while the Bears are next with 30 - when the Vikings and Bears have all hands on deck, they are the two best pressure defenses in the NFL.

"I think just good feet, good eyes and I just played with conviction", Trubisky said. "But they've got their core group of plays they are going to run". "No matter what the schedule is, there's going to be great players in every division - and he's certainly one of them".

"Yeah, again a guy that just gets on edges of people".

"They haven't changed that much defensively except for Khalil Mack, which adds to some of those poor throws and pressure", Zimmer said, when asked what they have changed to get so many picks.

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"There are a few times, especially watching the Detroit film, where it's kind of like "mature audiences only" for a quarterback", Helfrich quipped. "But it's just effort". "They're really good at making the non-pressure and the pressure look the same, and that's how they get on the edge of people all the time, is just that half-a-second, that half-step where whatever it is, a tackle slow-sets and then he's beat off the edge, or they're anxious about the A-gap and the B-gap pressure comes, or whatever it is". Maybe we can add a little bit more speed.

Like Long, the Vikings are without their best guard, Nick Easton, for the season.

Minnesota left tackle Riley Reiff is better than Bears tackles Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, but their right tackle, Rashod Hill, isn't as good. This sets up what could be a highly entertaining Sunday night game between these two high-powered teams with playoff aspirations.

The Vikings defensive end has continued to make significant strides with each season, and this year Hunter has put more than enough on tape to have opposing quarterbacks shaking in their boots - or should I say cleats?

The matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings has huge NFC North title implications, and now has even more hype surrounding it with the flex into Sunday night.

"Obviously, they've improved, they're healthy, I don't think they've had a lot of injuries defensively, and adding a guy like him is going to be a big factor in getting them better", Zimmer said.