Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Matchup Preview 9/29/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The NFC North is the most competitive division in the NFL. All teams have winning records, and the only losses occurred against divisional opponents. So, this matchup is very important. The Packers are sitting at the top of the NFC North right now, but that could change very quickly in such a competitive division. This matchup should be a very good one, and is very relevant to the playoff race. Both teams have very good defenses, so look for this game to be low scoring. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Time: 4:25 ET
Location: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
Coverage: CBS

Injury Report

Minnesota Vikings: G Josh Kline (Q) – Concussion, LB Anthony Barr (Q) – Groin, LB Ben Gedeon (Q) – Groin, DE Everson Griffen (Q) – Elbow, WR Chad Beebe (IR) – Ankle
Chicago Bears: WR Taylor Gabriel (Q) – Concussion, DT Akiem Hicks (Q) – Knee, DT Bilal Nichols (Q) – Hand, K Eddie Piñiero (Q) – Knee, S Eddie Jackson (Q) – Shoulder, TE Trey Burton (Q) – Groin, G Kyle Long (Q) – Hip, RB Mike Davis (Q) – Personal

Minnesota Vikings Analysis

Minnesota VikingsThe Vikings offense has been very efficient to start the season. They have run the ball very effectively with Dalvin Cook, so they have not really relied on their passing attack. Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs have only 17 receptions combined in the first three games. This has been largely due to the fact that Kirk Cousins has not thrown the ball as much. Cousins will likely have to throw the ball much more against the Bears this week because the Bears run defense is very good. The major concern for the Vikings is that they have not fared well against good defenses. When they played the Packers in week 2, Kirk Cousins struggled. He completed only 14 of 32 passes and threw 2 interceptions. Adam Thielen had 5 receptions and Stefon Diggs had only 1 reception. The Vikings passing attack will have to be better against the Bears if they want to have a chance at winning the game.

Dalvin Cook has been extremely hot for the past few weeks, with 375 yards and 4 touchdowns, but he will probably find limited success against the Bears defense. Cook did not do too well against the Packers. Yes, he had 154 yards and 1 touchdown, but 75 of those yards came from one long touchdown run. He did not have too good of a game against a good defense, and will have a much worse game against the Bears defense.

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

QB: Kirk Cousins
RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
WR1: Stefon Diggs
WR2: Chad Beebe
WR3: Adam Thielen
TE: Kyle Rudolph

Chicago Bears Analysis

Chicago BearsThe Bears offense finally had a good game last week. Against the Redskins, the Bears offense put up 24 points. Taylor Gabriel caught 3 touchdown passes and the Bears crushed the Redskins. They will not have it as easy against the Vikings this week, as they have allowed only 16 PPG and 327 YPG. Even though Trubisky may have built some confidence from the last game, he still has not performed consistently well, and he will probably not do too well against the Vikings defense.

Tight end Trey Burton may actually have a very favorable matchup against the Vikings this week. In weeks 1 and 3, the Vikings allowed the opposing team’s tight end to be the top receiver. In week 1, Austin Hooper had 9 receptions for 77 yards and in week 3, Darren Waller had 13 receptions for 134 yards. Since the Vikings are usually able to contain top receivers, tight ends get much more action in the passing game.

As for the other pieces of the Bears offense, it will be hard for them to get going. The Vikings defense has held other great offenses to minimal production. Currently, they rank 5th in points allowed and 12th in yards allowed, which is outstanding, considering that the Vikings have been playing good offenses.

Chicago Bears Depth Chart

QB: Mitchell Trubisky
RB1: David Montgomery
RB2: Tarik Cohen
WR1: Allen Robinson
WR2: Taylor Gabriel
WR3: Anthony Miller
TE: Trey Burton

Daily Fantasy: Vikings Receivers

I really like both Adam Thielen (DK: $6,600, FD: $7,000) and Stefon DIggs (DK: $5,500, FD: $6,100) for this week. Stefon Diggs is a much cheaper options on both DraftKings and FanDuel, and I expect them to put up similar numbers this week. Even though Diggs has not been producing very much, he has been getting a fair share of targets. Against the Bears defense , the Vikings will have to rely on their passing attack, so expect the Vikings to target their two top receivers often. I also like Trey Burton (DK: $3,800, FD: $4,900) because of the matchup this week. He is a risky play, but he should do well against the Vikings. This Vikings defense is very good, so when the Bears fail to complete passes to receivers, they will rely on Trey Burton much more.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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