The Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears play professional football as members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC). The Vikings sport a Won-Loss record of 4-2 after six games and find themselves in second place, two games behind the divisional leader.
The Chicago Bears are in third place with a Won-Loss record of 2-4. They are already four games out of first place. Both teams trail the undefeated Green Bay Packers, a squad that has won six games without suffering a loss and are a pre-season favorite to represent their conference in this season’s Super Bowl.
The Vikings line up behind second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and rely on superstar running back Adrian Peterson. But just six games into the current 2015-2016 Season this squad probably believes that its best chance to participate in postseason play is as a “Wild Card” winner.
The Bears, if they have any chance at all to play in the postseason, need to begin winning lots of games immediately. That makes this Sunday’s contest against the visiting Vikings critical. Chicago needs to begin gaining ground on the second place Minnesota Vikings and other NFC teams with better records
Chicago has not played well this season which is why it has lost two-thirds of the six games it has played. But, as any fan of professional football knows, things can change quickly in the NFL, a notorious week-to-week league.
Professional football is, of course, a contact sport played by big, strong and athletic men. Hard hits are common and so are injuries. In the National Football League, attrition plays an important role and helps determine which teams succeed over the sixteen game regular season and which teams fall by the wayside.
In fact, injuries are such a key factor in a team’s success or failure that it is very often more important than the talent that is on the roster when the season begins.
The Minnesota Vikings have more talent than the Chicago Bears which is why their Won-Loss record places them in second place, two games ahead of their divisional rival and this weekend’s opponent. But in the NFL, desperate teams frequently play better than their talent level suggests is possible.
On paper, the favored Vikings should be able to find a way to overcome their hosts on Sunday afternoon. But if the former “monsters of the midway” have anything left in their “collective tank,” the Chicago Bears may just be able to pull off an improbable upset and make the rest of this season much more interesting for themselves and for their fans.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report