The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ Week 11 game Sunday night against the Vikings at Soldier Field:
Why, yes, I was the guy who picked the Lions to beat the Bears last week. That’s because I was still in concussion protocol. Anyway, the Bears’ defense is going to make life very difficult for Kirk Cousins at a very pumped-up Soldier Field. Then it’s up to Mitch Trubisky in his first big test. Season: 6-3.
This is a game that seems likely to come down to field goals. Gawww! Let’s pray the Bears’ Cody Parkey is done playing wind chimes on the goalposts. It’s prime time for ‘Tru.’ Kick ’em straight. Throw ’em straight. Onward! Season: 7-2.
ADAM L. JAHNS
Trubisky will have his statement game against a good team this season. But will it be this week? The Vikings are good but beatable. This score could easily be reversed. Season: 6-3.
If the game comes down to who has the ball last, would you rather have Cousins and kicker Dan Bailey or Trubisky and Parkey? The Vikings’ guys are proven, and the Bears’ aren’t … yet. Season: 7-2.
Bears, 20-17 (OT)
The Bears have momentum and are an improving team. The Vikings have momentum and are coming off a bye. Like most Vikings-Bears games at Soldier Field, this one should go down to the wire. Season: 8-1.