The Chicago Bears have surprisingly managed to tread water during Jay Cutler‘s time out and must dispose of the struggling Minnesota Vikings to continue doing so. Today the St. Louis Rams doubled Chicago 42-21 while Minny blew a 16-point lead before ending tied at the Green Bay Packers.
NFL Week 13 Matchup, Game Time and TV Info: Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1) (1 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX
Point Spread Prediction: Bears by 2.5 (Early line: Bears by 2.5)
McCown had played superbly in Cutler’s stead until an uneven performance today. Having weapons through the air like Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte helps a lot too. Also, their scheme under the watchful eye of Marc Trestman offsets some severe issues they’re continuing to have on the offensive line, particularly on the right edge. McCown couldn’t be much more well-equipped yet he’s also got the arm strength and ability to operate under pressure to keep this offense humming.
The defensive side has utterly collapsed without a healthy Peanut Tillman and Lance Briggs, particularly against the run. It seems this safety unit gets embarrassed at the second level by an opposing back multiple times per week. Enter Adrian Peterson, who remains a great running back but has been unable to drag Christian Ponder and Leslie Frazier to the playoffs again.
Key Matchup: Defensive end Brian Robison vs. right edge of Bears offensive line
Whether it’s against struggling undrafted rookie RT Jordan Mills starting for Chicago or someone else, this could prove trouble for McCown.