4. Matt Nagy vs. Mike Zimmer
The Bears and Vikings enter their Week 15 matchup with identical records of 6-7. Not surprisingly, that means both head coaches come into this game under immense pressure to win. It’s possible both Matt Nagy and Mike Zimmer will be looking for new jobs this offseason.
Nagy’s central issue in Chicago is his inability to turn either Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles into an above-average starting quarterback. Trubisky will try to build off his solid showing in Week 14 to move the ball consistently against the Vikings defense. Look for Zimmer to bring loads of pressure to throw Trubisky off his game early in this contest.
Zimmer, of course, has quarterback issues of his own. Kirk Cousins is being paid like a superstar but he’s been comfortably below-average in 2020. The fact that he’s already taken 31 sacks in 13 games this season illustrates just how indecisive he’s been in the pocket. The Bears will also look to heat Cousins up in this game to make him uncomfortable.
The inability of either quarterback to seize control of this game will make it a tense, low-scoring affair. In the end, Dalvin Cook has a strong chance to be the difference-maker when the final whistle sounds. A few big runs from him should be enough to get Minnesota back to .500.