The news that Teddy Bridgewater had torn his ACL and would be missing the entirety of the 2016 NFL season shook up the race for the NFC North title. Here’s how it affects the Bears:
The Vikings loss of Bridgewater leaves them in a sticky spot as their current backup has lacked any excitement throughout the duration of his career. Shaun Hill, the new Vikings starter, has started 34 games in his career, throwing 49 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in that time span. Hill started the majority of his games for Detroit before losing the job to Matthew Stafford.
The Bears first game against the Vikings comes in week eight at home on Monday Night. The primetime feel and rowdy crowd will lead the Bears to victory.
The Bears visit the Vikings in week 17, at which point the Vikings will have been completely eliminated from playoff contention. The Bear’s should take that game too.
Bridgewater’s absence makes the Vikings a completely one dimensional team. No longer do they have any sort of passing attack, and that will undoubtedly hurt their rushing game. The Vikings will be swept by the Bears and their improving rushing defense, swept by the Packers who will ultimately make the playoffs, and split their series against the Lions.
Adrian Peterson will once again run the offense, but rushing alone isn’t going to be enough to make the Vikings relevant.
Record prediction prior to injury: 10-6
Record prediction post injury: 6-10
Record prediction prior to injury: 7-9
Record Prediction post injury: 8-8
Things to keep an eye on: The Vikings may look to pick up a free agent quarterback. On the market is Michael Vick, Johnny Manziel, and Jimmy Clausen amongst others.