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Vikings-Bears game to pit two top five defenses against each other

16 November 2018

"They're really good at making the nonpressure and the pressure look the same, and that's how they get on the edge of people all the time is just that half a second, that half-step where a whatever it is, a tackle slow sets and then he's beat off the edge, or they're anxious about the A-gap, and the B-gap pressure comes, or whatever it is", he said. Trubisky is not on pace to break Jay Cutler's marks of 561 attempts and 370 completions he set in 2014, but that's understandable because the Bears played very poor defense and trailed a lot in 2014, forcing the offense to pass more than usual.

Success from both teams is the main reason, just as it was when the league moved this Sunday's Bears-Vikings game to the 7:20 PM slot from a Noon start a few weeks back.

"Obviously, they've improved, they're healthy, I don't think they've had a lot of injuries defensively, and adding a guy like him is going to be a big factor in getting them better", Zimmer said.

The Bears' pressure is more about brute force with Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Aaron Lynch and Roy Robertson-Harris capable of winning any matchup they face, while Leonard Floyd is more about speed and athleticism.

These two teams pride themselves on playing tough defense and think that's what fans are going to see come Sunday.

That feeling resonated throughout Minnesota's locker room this week as Vikings players praised what Mack does on a football field.

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The Bears traded a haul of draft picks, including a pair of first-rounders, to the Raiders as the season started, then doubled down by signing the 27-year-old pass rusher to a six-year, $141 million contract - $90 million guaranteed - making him the highest-paid defender in National Football League history.

Last week against the Detroit Lions, Trubisky threw for a career-best 355 yards with three touchdowns and was named the NFC offensive player of the week. And he's good all over the field, especially in the red zone.

"They've got really good players on the inside that penetrate", he said. You have to get there. When they're in their no-huddle, they're telling him what plays to call and things like that.

"I think both of our defenses are very aggressive". I would say personally, I have a little bit of a bias, but our secondary is flying around the ball every week, taking the ball out of everybody's hand and making plays.

"The challenge of their third-down defense is the challenge of their first- and second-down defense". Offenses can only hope to minimize the effect he has on the game.

It sounds like they have ideas. "But just a combination of great scheme and great guys executing it for a long time".

Vikings-Bears game to pit two top five defenses against each other