Monday: 7:30 p.m. at Soldier Field (Ch. 4; ESPN; 100.3-FM, 1130-AM)
ABOUT THE BEARS
• Bears (1-3) lost decidedly last week to the Packers, 35-14, and QB Aaron Rodgers completed just 18 passes, four of them touchdowns.
• Quarterback Mike Glennon committed four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles) in the loss, losing his starting job in the process.
• So the Bears will start rookie second-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky in his first NFL game on Monday night. Trubisky started just 13 games at North Carolina before Chicago traded up in the draft to select him.
• The Bears defense is just one of four NFL units without an interception yet, contributing to Chicago’s league-worst turnover differential (-7).
PLAYER SPEAK | Tarik Cohen, RB
• Cohen, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina A&T, is off to a hot start as a rookie. The passing-down back is averaging more than 6 yards per touch as a dual rushing and receiving threat.
• The Bears have used Cohen and starter Jordan Howard as a 1-2 punch. Howard leads the backfield rotation with 145 snaps and 73 touches to Cohen’s 114 snaps and 54 touches.
• On seeing 54 touches in his first four games: “When I came in, they realized I could do a little bit more. They put a lot of the load on me as far as things in the playbook, and I’ve been able to handle that well.”
• On facing the Vikings defense: “They’re very athletic. They’re deep, have a good front seven. I just know they have tremendous safeties that like to come down and make plays on the ball.”
COACH SPEAK John Fox
• Fox is in his 16th NFL season as a head coach (third with the Bears) with a 129-115 record in the regular season and 8-7 in the playoffs.
• Fox has previously coached six seasons of at least 10 wins with the Panthers and Broncos, but his Bears teams are just 10-26.
• On starting Trubisky vs. the Vikings: “We tried to give him some time to watch an NFL schedule, to see how you practice, to see how you prepare. Get some opportunities, being one play away from the starter as backup. I think he’s ready. We’ll find out Monday night.”
• On facing either Sam Bradford or Case Keenum: “They’ve got a good supporting cast. You look at the explosive plays, I think 38 over 15 [yards]. Regardless of who has been at quarterback, they’re just as much a concern.”