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How one NFC North rival is already setting sights on 2021

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One of the Bears’ divisional rivals may already be setting their sights towards 2021. The Vikings announced on Thursday that they traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens. According to Adam Schefter, the Vikings are getting a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick back from Baltimore.

Just a few months ago, Ngakoue was one of Minnesota’s biggest offseason acquisitions. The Vikings sent a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to the Jaguars to acquire him back in August.

In six games this season, Ngakoue already has five sacks and two forced fumbles. Since 2016 Ngakoue has racked up 42.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles.

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The Vikings will now rely on Ifeadi Odenigbo, Jalyn Holmes, Jordan Brailford and rookie D.J. Wonnum to generate pressure off the edge. Those four players have 10.5 career sacks among them.

While the Vikings most likely are not actively “tanking,” a 1-5 start to the season has likely influenced this decision to part with their best pass rusher.

The Bears and Vikings will play their first game against each other on Nov. 16.