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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer says run game will be ‘more of a factor’ in cold weather

The Minnesota Vikings coming off a Week 10 bye are set to take the road to face the Chicago Bears in what should be a blistering cold game that will provide another obstacle to overcome.

At that same notion, head coach Mike Zimmer has voiced that this cold weather will likely push his team to run the ball more against the Bears, according to Aj Mansour of KFan.com.

”I do think with some of these games as it starts to get colder, it is going to be more of a factor,” coach Mike Zimmer said. ”I think we’re getting better at a lot of the areas in the running game. We have to continue searching for more ways to pound the ball.”

The Vikings have a pair of running backs that they have can lean on in the running game with Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook finally back in the fold after missing the last few games due to a nagging hamstring injury. Cook had performed well in his first action over a month in the 24-9 win over the Detroit Lions as he rushed for a season-high 89 yards on 10 carries. He looked spry and fresh like what was hoped that has the potential provide some much-needed balance to the offense.

Meanwhile, Murray should see some consistent work in the red zone should it present itself against the Bears as he has proven to be a viable option on that part of the field. He has scored a touchdown in each of the last four games with five total over that span, which is currently ninth-most in the league.

The Vikings may lean more on their running game, but it will be their passing attack with likely wideout Stefon Diggs back in the mix that should set the table for them. Nonetheless, there will be a healthy dosage of the backfield getting action against the Bears this upcoming Sunday night.