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In this episode:
Jordan Reid, Myles Gorham, and Yinka Ayinde join Jayson Brown to recap the Raiders game and to preview the Bears matchup. Brad Spielberger from OverTheCap.com and The Blitz Network came on to provide the Bears’ perspective.
JR’s Raider Review
- Had the vibe of a preseason game
- Seeing the identity of the Vikings
- Running the ball and playing tough defense
Vikings running game and Dalvin Cook
- Great job stretching defenses horizontally
- Make them guard every blade of grass on the field
Get in the way and Dalvin Cook is going to make you right
How will opposing defenses try to slow down the run game?
- Firm edges against the outside zone
- Create penetration
Thoughts on Kirk Cousins season to date
- Kirk has played well outside of the clutch moments
- Inconsistent in big moments throughout his career
- Vikings O is a bike on training wheels
Stefon Diggs’ usage
- Are other players being schemed touches?
- Raiders rolled coverage to Stefon Diggs
Stefon Diggs has a different kind of brake pedal @stefondiggs pic.twitter.com/2HGf1D1Jiq— Receiver School (@ReceiverSchool) September 18, 2019
JR’s Keys to Winning vs the Bears on Offense
- Stay true to who you are
- Grind it out
- A lot of opportunities; gotta cash em in
- Look for Irv Smith
Bears vs Vikings Overview
- Overview of the matchup
- Still don’t know who the Vikings are overall
- Will Akiem Hicks play?
- Lower scoring game; force the opposing QB to beat you
Keys to Victory for the Vikings
- Need to get the WRs involved
- Spy Mitch Trubisky
- Shadow Allen Robinson
Getting Kirk Cousins involved in the game early
- Passing on early downs
- Quick timing throws
- Limit Stefon Diggs frustrations ;-)
- Boost Kirk’s confidence
Who has the advantage at QB?
- Kirk vs the Bears D and Trubisky vs the Vikings D
- Vikings interior vs Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, and Co.
Prince stirring the pot?
Diggs needs to be way more involved in our offense than he is. He's Gonna ask to be traded if Kirk keeps missing open looks to him lol— Yinka Ayinde (@Saxyprince) September 22, 2019
Which Kirk Cousins should we expect to see this week?
- Lemon Booty Kirk
- Average Kirk
- 20-17 Vikings
- 17-13 Vikings
Talking Bears with Brad Spielberger
Tell us a bit about yourself and where we can find your work
- 3rd year law student at Tulane
- Writes for OverTheCap.com
- The Blitz Network
- @brad_OTC on Twitter
What’s the mood around the fanbase? How do people feel about Mitch Trubisky?
- Expectations were for the defense to regress and the offense to improve
- Hoping for more growth from Trubisky
- Fans are starting to turn
- Same mistakes over and over again
What are the major storylines around the Bears team?
- Chuck Pagano > Vic Fangio?
- Growth from the younger players like Leonard Floyd
Who should we be worried outside of Khalil Mack?
- (maybe) Akiem Hicks
- Eddie Goldman
- Bilal Nichols
- Roy Robertson-Harris
- Eddie Jackson
- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Which matchups make you most nervous heading into this game?
- Vikings defensive line vs Bears offensive line
Where do you expect Chicago to have the biggest advantage offensively?
- Bears RBs vs Vikings LBs
What’s going on with Tarik Cohen’s usage?
- Cohen is WR3?
David Montgomery and the Bears run game
- The breakthrough is coming