1. Slow down Jared Allen

The Vikings' defensive end has 8.5 sacks on the season, and a whopping 7 in the last 3 games. J'Marcus Webb(who was terrible against the Lions) going up against him scares the crap out of me. The Bears would be wise to bring a tight end or fullback Tyler Clutts to help in blocking frequently to at least slow Allen down, or he may end Cutler's season before the night ends. This is going to be an incredibly difficult task for the Bears, and may be the difference in the game.

2. Prevent Adrian Peterson From Getting 20+ Yard Runs

In a prime time game, I expect Peterson to bring his A-game, and he's coming off a 122-yard, 3 touchdown performance. And he's likely going to get 20+ carries. So, he's going to get his yards, but the Bears can't allow him to hit the home run, like they have frequently allowed to happen against running backs this season(Ex. Jahvid Best's touchdown run on Monday night).

3. Give Matt Forte 20+ Carries

One way the Bears can make it easier to prevent Jared Allen from being a huge factor is just giving the ball to Forte. And why shouldn't they anyway? He's averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and had 326 rushing yards in the previous two games. He's the offense right now. Until the passing game looks at least average, ride Forte.

4. Big Game From Israel Idonije

Julius Peppers is active and will start, surprisingly(and thankfully). He was listed as "Doubtful" due to a sprained MCL he suffered against the Lions. And when he returned to that game after being injured, he didn't look anything like himself.

So, it's likely that he's still not 100%, and it's hard to expect a big game out of him. The Bears need other players on the defensive line to step up, especially defensive end Israel Idonije. Donovan McNabb is a below average quarterback these days, but he can still wing it if he gets time to throw. Additionally, the Bears will likely load the box frequently to slow down Peterson, so they'll need pass rush from the front four or else McNabb will find holes in the cover-2, which he's done frequently in the past against the Bears.

5. Get Solid Play From Safeties Chris Conte And Major Wright

Not only was Chris Harris benched, but he's inactive(I'll write about that in the next post). Rookie Chris Conte, and second-year player Major Wright start at safety for the Bears. I honestly have no idea how it's going to go, but both have looked poor in coverage so far this year. McNabb will surely test them out early on, and if he has success, will attack them a lot over the rest of the game. Just stick to your assignments and prevent the big play at least, guys.

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