Vikings vs Bears Football live stream. Bears vs. Vikings: Can Mitch Trubisky make a difference in first start, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer ‘anticipates’ QB Sam Bradford will start vs. Bears
Bears fans have been waiting for this day since April, when Mitch Trubisky became the quarterback of the future as the team’s No. 2 overall draft pick. It took just four games for the Bears to dump turnover-prone Mike Glennon and graduate their rookie early from their original season-of-schooling plan. The Bears have tried to temper expectations for Trubisky, noting mistakes are sure to happen and improvement needs to come from the team as a whole. But the outside pressure is on. Can he handle it? “You only get nervous or feel pressure when you’re not prepared for the situation or you don’t know what you’re doing,” Trubisky said.
Something about Soldier Field does not sit well with the Vikings. Remarkedly, since 2001 they have lost 13 of 15 games played in Chicago. The 16th Vikings away game in that span — also a loss — was played at Memorial Stadium in Champaign during Soldier Field renovations in 2002. The Vikings have gone 1-1 in Chicago over the last two seasons, but their 20-10 loss last year still stings for some. “They kind of imposed their will on us last time, to be honest,” Vikings safety Harrison Smith said. “We gave up too many rush yards.
The Bears defense and the Vikings offense are both looking to overcome absences of key players, so whose injuries will hurt more? It’s the Bears linebackers corps that was ailing this week. Nick Kwiatkoski didn’t practice while recovering from a pectoral injury, and Danny Trevathan sat out because of an NFL suspension for an illegal hit against the Packers. Willie Young also was battling a triceps injury that kept him out of practice Friday. The Vikings must overcome the loss of running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL. And will quarterback Sam Bradford return from a knee injury or will backup Case Keenum lead his fourth straight game.