NOT-SO-FUNNY TRICKS: Also known as Mike Zimmer's defensive diet of looks, disguises, showing eight or nine in the box, and creating confusion, especially between the opposing center and guard. I'd hope the Bears' offensive line is better than the unit Detroit pieced together last week, but if Hroniss Grasu can't play or his neck injury affects his effectiveness, the musical chairs begins, and communication in adjusting to those blitz-happy, purple-pants'd Minnesotans. It led to Matthew Stafford being sacked seven times (the Vikings had ten in their first five games), and hit on 13 other occasions.
[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]
TREAT MINNI'S O-LINE THE SAME WAY: The Bears have allowed a dozen sacks in six games. One of Teddy Bridgewater's strengths is supposed to be his elusiveness, but he's been set down 19 times in the same number of games. He was getting rag-dolled quite a bit in the first half in Detroit last week. Can Will Sutton, Mitch Unrein and Ziggy Hood hold the point somewhere close to how a healthy Jeremiah Ratliff could?
DIGGS CAN BE THEIR GRAVE: To steal from the former "Saturday Night Live" nightlife correspondent: "Who's the hottest receiver in the Twin Cities right now? A bit overlooked when he arrived on the scene in May, he has EVERYTHING! Sure hands, precise route-running, and more than anything....speeeeeed! It's STEFON!!!" Okay, I may have gone a bit overboard on the first two descriptions of fifth-round rookie Stefon Diggs, but hardly the last. Bears cornerbacks and the safety help up top must be on their best backpedal. After being inactive the first three weeks, he has 19 receptions for 324 yards the last three. Those numbers tie him with Anquan Boldin as the only players since 1960 with that many catches and receiving yards in their first three NFL games. A dangerous complement to the focus Adrian Peterson requires.
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