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The Bears will have to keep Minnesota's run defense honest this week by taking some chances down the field.
A look at four keys for the Bears to beat the Minnesota Vikings.
1. Take chances in the passing game
Although Kahlil Bell rushed for 121 yards last week against the Packers and the Bears racked up 199 net rushing yards, Mike Martz can’t forget about the pass this week — although, who’d expect him to do that? The Vikings defense, traditionally a good run defense, is ranked 12th against the run but only 29th against the pass. While it’s probably a good idea to stay focused on running the football, the Bears should mix in some passes to keep the defense honest. Minnesota is susceptible to giving up the big play, having allowed 13 passes of over 40 yards, the second most in the league. They do rank fourth in the league with 43 sacks, led by defensive end Jared Allen’s league-leading 18.5, which means the Bears can’t call plays that have Josh McCown standing in the pocket while...
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