Everything You Need to Know About This Week’s Vikings Game: Week 6 at the Chicago Bears

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Aug 26, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell takes the field before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings took another step backwards in Week 5, falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20.

Now, the Vikings head out on the road for their first divisional game of the season, taking on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Here is everything you need to know about this week’s Vikings game as Minnesota attempts to get things back on track in Week 6.

Where to Watch This Week’s Vikings Game

Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Vikings 1st Preseason Game
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn (17) is congratulated by head coach Kevin O’Connell after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings’ Week 6 matchup against the Chiefs will take place on Sunday, October 15th with kickoff scheduled for 12 PM Central. The game will be broadcast on FOX, so fans in the Twin Cities can tune in on FOX9.

Bears/Vikings History

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Oct 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The Bears and Vikings have been rivals for a very long time. In fact, the first game in Vikings history back on September 17th, 1961, was against these Bears, and Minnesota won 37-13. In total, the two teams have played 124 times, including one game in the playoffs, which the Bears won on New Year’s Day in 1995.

Despite the playoff loss, the Vikings lead the all-time series with 65 wins compared to 57 for the Bears. The two teams have also tied twice.

Vikings Spotlight Player: WR Jordan Addison

Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (7) in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson is out for at least the next four games as he heads to IR with his hamstring injury. As a result, Minnesota is in dire need of someone to step up at the wide receiver position. Currently, the receiver room on the 53-man roster is extremely thin, containing only Jordan Addison, K.J. Osborn, and Brandon Powell.

Addison was selected by the team in the first round of the 2023 Draft for a reason, and now, he has a huge opportunity in front of him to take the reins of the offense. The same can be said of K.J. Osborn, who is still trying to earn a big payday for next season.

Bears Spotlight Player: RB Roschon Johnson

Oct 1, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson (23) runs with the ball against the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

No, we won’t be spending this section focused on Taylor Swift, but we will discuss a Taylor! Jawaan Taylor spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before signing a four-year contract worth $80 million with Kansas City this offseason.

Taylor has been a strong presence in pass-protection throughout his career, but this season, PFF has given him a paltry overall grade of 40.4 through the first four weeks of the year. A big reason for that is penalties. The right tackle has been flagged 10 times so far in 2023, easily the most in the league among all offensive linemen.

In order for the Vikings to get a win this weekend, they will need to put pressure on the Chiefs right tackle. With Marcus Davenport back in the lineup, this should be a much easier ask than it was over the first few weeks.

Week 6 NFL Schedule

Sep 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings fans will be preoccupied at 12 PM on Sunday, but there are still plenty of fun matchups to check out across the league this week. Here is a look at the full Week 6 NFL schedule. All game times are listed in Central Time.

Thursday, October 12th

  • Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 7:15 PM

Sunday, October 15th

  • Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans, 8:30 AM (London)
  • Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins, 12 PM
  • New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans, 12 PM
  • Washington Commanders at Atlanta Falcons, 12 PM
  • Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, 12 PM
  • Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals, 12 PM
  • Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, 12 PM
  • San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns, 12 PM
  • New England Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders, 3:05 PM
  • Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3:25 PM
  • Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams, 3:25 PM
  • Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets, 3:25 PM
  • New York Giants at Buffalo Bills, 7:20 PM

Monday, October 16th

  • Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:15 PM

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Aug 3, 2023; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) during training camp at TCO Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.