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Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 1 November 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: Soldier Field
DirecTV Ch 706
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225 (CHI)
Sirius Ch 136
TV Announcers: Chris Myers
Ronde Barber
Know Thy Foe: Windy City Gridiron
Weather: 60 degrees, winds from W at 10 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: Minnesota -2, Over/Under 43.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 24, Bears 17
Final Score:

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The Minnesota Vikings will look to make it two divisional road wins in a row as they head to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. We all know it's been a very long time since the Vikings have managed to get out of Chicago with a victory, and if they could do so today, they could really establish themselves as serious contenders in the NFC the rest of the way.

So, how can they go about doing that?

1) Take What the Defense Gives You - Last week against Detroit, Adrian Peterson was largely kept under wraps, and Teddy Bridgewater was able to take advantage of that. Bridgewater threw for over 300 yards and had two touchdown passes in what might have been his best game of the year. If the Bears are gearing up to stop Peterson again, Bridgewater will once again have to be up to the task. There are plays to be made against a Chicago defense that's the worst in the NFL in points allowed. . .it's just a matter of who will find them.

2) Continue to Dominate Up Front on Defense - Over the past two games, despite absorbing a couple of personnel losses, the Vikings' front seven has been a force. They'll need to have a repeat performance against a Chicago offensive line that has had their share of issues over their first six games. They're going to be responsible for slowing down Matt Forte, who is as good an all-purpose back as there is, as well as Jay Cutler. The Vikings' front seven has shown the ability to take over football games. . .hopefully they can do it again this afternoon.

3) Forget About the Past - There are only three players on the current Vikings' roster that have seen a Minnesota win at Soldier Field. . .Peterson, Chad Greenway, and Brian Robison. The team can't allow that to get into the back of their minds as they take on the Bears today. This is a game where the Vikings appear, at least on paper, to be the better football team, and they just need to execute on the field.

We're looking for kickoff at Soldier Field in a little less than an hour, ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully the Vikings can continue the momentum that they've picked up over the past couple of weeks and get a third consecutive victory.