Kirk Cousins voices respect toward Khalil Mack, Bears defense


On the other hand, the best way to slow a pressure defense is to run the ball straight ahead between the tackles, and while the Bears are now No. 2 in the league against the run and the Vikings are No. 3, Minnesota's ground game with its backs is much better than the Bears' has been to date.

The Bears, meanwhile, haven't played a game as meaningful as Sunday night's contest at Soldier Field since the 2013 season finale when they lost the division championship to the Packers on a late touchdown. Meanwhile, the Rams are in a battle for the league's best record as they've won nine of their first ten games this season.

Heading into Chicago for Sunday Night Football, the Vikings are only guaranteed to be missing two players in tight end David Morgan and safety Andrew Sendejo. Most fans probably don't remember given how painful the entire experience of 2013 to 2016 was for the defense, but the Bears have some unfinished business with Kirk Cousins. So it's not like it's just you that's going to be slipping out there. "You fear nobody but you respect them and that's the type of guy he is, you got to respect him and that's with their defense, you got to respect them because they're leading in a lot of categories around the league", said Dalvin Cook.

Trubisky is clear on the situational needs: "Coming out with a positive drive starter, no negative plays and then have an explosive play", he said. The extra points he missed against Detroit were his first of the season. "I think that's helped, and I think he's playing with a lot more confidence". No NFL team has allowed fewer plays of 10-plus yards.

Opponents have made 33 trips into the red zone but scored just 13 touchdowns against the Vikings for a touchdown percentage of 39.4. At that time, they will be pressed to answer some of Matt Nagy's core questions. Moss had eight 100-yard games in the 2000 and 2003 seasons. Thielen also is only 53 yards shy of his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. Minnesota has the second-most defensive scores with three (two fumble returns and a pick-six).

The past three games, the Bears defense has measured itself against the offense across the line of scrimmage: the Jets, who rank 23 in scoring; the Bills, who are dead last; and the Lions, who are 20. Chicago is second at 84.0 rushing yards allowed per game, while Minnesota ranks third at 88.9 rushing yards given up per game.

CBS Sports - Pete Prisco: "The Minnesota pass rush will get after Mitch Trubisky and cause a few turnovers that are the difference in this game". Very explosive offensively, terrific defensively, do a good job with special teams. People may not remember, but there are some demons this Sunday night they need to exorcize.