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Chicago Bears: 5 Players Who Will Shine in Week 2

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Chicago Bears: 5 Players Who Will Shine in Week 2

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After last week’s embarrassing loss in Detroit, the Minnesota Vikings appear to be a team sinking faster than Adrian Peterson’s legs can keep them afloat. The indecisive noodle arm of Christian Ponder is sure to offer up golden opportunities for the Chicago Bears' defense to exploit. The Vikings are incredibly soft up the middle with Kevin Williams gimping back into action at less than 100 percent with only greasy-arm tackling of Erin Henderson behind him.

The Chicago Bears enter this game hot off a win against the high-powered offense of the Cincinnati Bengals. They introduce the Vikings this week to their new head coach Mark Trestman. He is an offensive guru who has bounced around North America bringing out the best in quarterbacks and complex offenses for decades. Trestman’s style of offense spreads out defenders to create single coverage that quarterback Jay Cutler, can exploit short or set up deep.

The Bears defense comes into this game a little bit beat up after some questionable moments in last week’s game. They come in hungry and looking to make a statement against a divisional foe that put up some highlight reel games in the past. The return game for the Bears is trying to get hot again now that Devin Hester has been moved back to exclusively handling the return game. Rookie speedster Michael Ford will also look to make an impact helping on kick returns against a Vikings defense that has at times looked hapless to handle speed returners.

I’m sure week two will have some elements of grudge match down in the trenches, but the Vikings are coming into Soldier Field outmatched and under gunned. Here are my top five Bears players who will shine.

Eric Beuning is a Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ericbeuning or add him to your network on Google.

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Player 5: Devin Hester

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New head coach Mark Trestman showed the wisdom that Lovie Smith struggled to deploy when he took Devin Hester off of offense completely and focused him exclusively on the return game. Coming into the middle part of his career where most returners lose a step, this will help keep him fresh and fast against a Vikings special teams unit that tends to leave the kind of creases that a greased-lightning kick returner can exploit.

I think Hester takes one to the house standing up and chalks in another long return that sets the offense up for an easy score.

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Player 4: Charles Tillman

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Last week, Tillman had a mixed bag of a performance. He had an interception that would have been a touchdown had he not brushed up against a Bengals player. He also got burned a couple of times, but you can write that off considering he was seen puking on the sidelines, sicker than an Ebola monkey watching a Michael Jackson sex tape.

This week, he brings his patented “Peanut Punch” and his opportunistic style of play to bear against the noodle-armed inability of Christian Ponder and the Vikings passing game. I would be astonished if he didn’t bring a turnover back for six!

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Player 3: Jay Cutler

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As I mentioned earlier, Mark Trestman’s style of offense is designed to spread the opposing defense thin so the quarterback can exploit single coverage. Last week, going against a much stronger Bengals defense, Cutler threw for 242 yards with two scores, only one pick and a 63.6 completion percentage.

This week, Cutler’s two big physical receivers will be facing off against a Vikings Team with a rookie corner in Xaiver Rhodes and poor tackling Chris Cook.

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Player 2: Alshon Jeffery

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I know it might seem shocking that I put Alshon Jeffery in here at No. 2 instead of Brandon Marshall. I think the Vikings will try to double up Marshall and his squeaky hip risking seven in the box and single coverage on Jeffery who should draw Xavier Rhodes. Jeffery struggles to get off the jam against physical corners. The Vikings do not have the man power and physicality on the outside to stop him from slipping loose and showing off just how much more he has learned with a full season under his belt.

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Player 1: Matt Forte

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The Vikings are asking Kevin Williams and his sprained knee to rush back into service earlier than is wise. They are mainly doing this because they watched their linebackers and safeties get torched by Reggie Bush last week. In his professional career, Forte has proven even more talented and capable than Bush both in the passing game and running between the tackles. Consider also that with Brandon Marshall being doubled, there should only be seven stacked in the inept box, and Forte should feast on the Vikings defense.

Eric Beuning is a Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ericbeuning or add him to your network on Google.