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Brad Biggs: Which is more important to building an NFL defense — an elite pass rusher or an elite cornerback? The answer might not be as clear-cut as you think.

Finding a way to stop NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook looms as the key for the Chicago Bears on Monday night at Soldier Field, something they've done well in previous matchups against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Bears have done a terrific job of bottling up Cook in three meetings, limiting him to 86 yards on 34 attempts for a meager 2.5 yards per carry, winning all three games handily.

On the flip side, you have weakness versus weakness — the Bears passing game has been in a bad spot that keeps getting worse and the Vikings defense has been beset by injuries while trying to reshape the cornerback position. The Vikings have looked better in victories the last two weeks against the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions,

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