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Week 5 of the NFL season will conclude with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings battling it out on Monday Night Football at Soldier Field.

One of the coach's standard methods of deflecting questions from reporters about the status of injured players has been to say, "I don't have a crystal ball". Keenum can be hit-or-miss, it just depends on how the defense plays him. Glennon struggled mightily in the first four games of the season, turning the ball over eight times as the Bears stumbled out of the gates to a 1-3 record on the young season.

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With Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill on the roster, Mixon has worked himself into the No. 1 position in the running backs' room. Burfict was a large part of the reason the Bengals held Buffalo to field goals despite playing with a short field at times.

On the other hand, though, if Chicago plays more of a zone coverage with the emphasis on Diggs then running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon will have to have big games. Their ground attack is ranked 12 in the NFL (117.5 yards per game), and Howard and Cohen will have a tough task ahead of them when trying to run between the teeth of Minnesota's run defense that is surrendering an average of 71.2 yards per game (third-best in the league), and has allowed only one rushing touchdown in 2017.

The good thing for the Vikings is that their strength is their defense. Running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen will have a rough day trying to maneuver around the strength and athleticism of the defensive line, and the quickness of the Vikings' linebackers.

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The Vikings faced two rookies last season: the Cowboys' Dak Prescott was 12-of-18 for 139 yards, one touchdown and on interceptions for a 108.3 rating in a 17-15 victory at U.S. Bank Stadium; the Eagles' Carson Wentz was 16-of-28 for 138 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for a 52.4 rating in a 21-10 victory at home.

But to beat the Vikings, the Bears must end their turnover problem. Trubisky adds to his touchdown throw with 270 yards passing. But in the end, the Vikings win.

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The Chargers did, and Henry's spike following his 25-yard touchdown reception helps sum up how bad the team needed this win. A source told ESPN that Beckham will get a second opinion before deciding on surgery to fix the injury.

Bradford returning to action is great news for the Vikings, who now own a 2-2 overall record.