GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Armando Allen #25 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
1) Get Both Running Backs Involved
Kahlil Bell wants to be a starting running back in the NFL. Armando Allen is a practice squad promotion that looked decent against the average rushing defense of the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings' defense is 12th against the run. I'm not buying that much into one game of decent rushing production, but a second impressive game against two top-half rushing defenses might turn some heads heading into next offseason.
Jared Allen has had a fantastic year, and J'Marcus Webb as been about as consistently inconsistent as possible, looking good for a bit, then looking flat awful. Matt Spaeth and Kellen Davis were kept in max protection packages in the first matchup against the Vikings and Cutler was hardly touched. With McCown, expect a similar gameplan where the tight ends are kept in to protect the edges.
3) Exploit the Vikings' Pass Defense
The Vikings' pass defense is ranked 29th in yardage allowed and 32nd in touchdowns allowed. Even the Bears' motley collection of receivers should be able to pick this secondary apart, one would think. This time, the Bears have Earl Bennett added to the receiving corps and are without Johnny Knox and Sam Hurd - Devin Hester becomes the lone deep threat, and he's been a Viking-killer over his career, including the long touchdown reception in the last matchup.