Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Chicago news station sends chopper to film struggling Bears kicker

Chicago news station sends chopper to film struggling Bears kicker

The Bears are 1-1 in prime-time games this season, losing the opener to the Packers and winning the following week at home against the Seahawks.

In Matt Nagy's first season, the Bears have raced out to a 6-3 record and lead the NFC North as they search for their first playoffs berth since 2010. "They had some swagger, anyway, and I think he's added some to it knowing that they've got a guy of his caliber that's in there". Chicago has benefited from an easy schedule this season, as the Bears have yet to win a game against an opponent that now has a win percentage of.500 or better.

But in the Bears' three 2018 losses, irrespective of defensive failures, Trubisky and the offense managed just three points in the fourth quarter at Green Bay, and one fourth-quarter touchdown each in the losses to Miami and New England. So, while the Bears no doubt have a great defense, the Vikings do as well. Their two corners [Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara] are both very good.

"I'm practicing against two of the best defensive ends in football every day", said Kyle Rudolph. "I've been trying to make sure they understand that it is important, but don't make it so crazy-important to where you don't play the way you've been playing that got you to this point".

With rookie James Daniels on one side and journeyman backups Brian Witzmann and Eric Kush on the other, Nagy's concern is certainly understandable. Last week it was 22 carries for 54 yards versus Detroit, the same unit against which Minnesota's ground game gained 128 yards on 23 carries (5.6 yards per carry) just one week prior. "He's got great counter moves, he's got speed, he's got power", Helfrich said. "But if I see that they're handling business, they take care of business and they're doing things the right way, let's have fun".

It was a humbling experience both times, to say the least. "But it's just effort". Eddie Jackson is a little bit more of a ball hawk since they've added him.

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The 28-year-old had climbed back to ninth in the world thanks to a strong second half of a campaign, featuring a semi-final appearance at the US Open.

There's always a level of unpredictability when playing in the Windy City, but the Vikings are also playing at Chicago later this season than in the past two seasons, when they played on Monday Night Football in October.

As with the Bears missing Long, the Vikings are without their best guard, Nick Easton, for the season.

Minnesota left tackle Riley Reiff is better than Bears tackles Charles Leno and Bobby Massie, but its right tackle, Rashod Hill, isn't as good.

There is one factor here that solidly favors the Bears: Mitch Trubisky is a much better scrambler and runner than Kirk Cousins.

The Vikings, off of their bye week, travel to first place Chicago for a Sunday night game. People may not remember, but there are some demons this Sunday night they need to exorcize.

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