Forgive Mike Zimmer and the Vikings if they experience a case of déjà vu Monday night. It'll mark the second season in a row they'll visit a rookie quarterback and No. 2 overall pick in the early stages of his NFL infancy.
Except unlike Carson Wentz, whom Minnesota battled in Philadelphia in Week 7 last season with Wentz's Eagles at 5-0, Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky makes his NFL debut for the 1-3 Bears and their 29th-ranked scoring offense.
Zimmer's Vikings notched four takeaways, including three from Wentz, last year but failed to bring down the mobile quarterback and settled for eight points and a No. 15 weekly scoring finish.
But, again, Trubisky will be in his first-ever start, in primetime, with perhaps even less receiving help than Wentz had. Expect the Vikings to fare better in fantasy and the rookie quarterback to fare worse this time around.
1.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jaguars
2.Minnesota Vikings at Bears
3.Oakland Raiders vs. Ravens
4.Detroit Lions vs. Panthers
5.Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cardinals
6.Seattle Seahawks at Rams
7.Kansas City Chiefs at Texans
8.Cincinnati Bengals vs. Bills
9.New York Giants vs. Chargers
10.New York Jets at Browns
11.Baltimore Ravens at Raiders
12.Jacksonville Jaguars at Steelers
13.Indianapolis Colts vs. 49ers
14.Tennessee Titans at Dolphins
15.Los Angeles Rams vs. Seahawks
16.Arizona Cardinals at Eagles
17.Los Angeles Chargers at Giants
With a nickname like Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein, you better be awesome. And that aptly describes the Rams' — you guessed it! — strong-legged placekicker who paces his peers through four weeks by a considerable margin (Zuerlein's 58 points are 16 more than the second-leading scorer, Atlanta's Matt Bryant).
Zuerlein notched a ridiculous seven field goals last week, including four from 40-49 yards out, in the Rams' riveting 35-30 win in Dallas. But he's no flash in the pan. Zuerlein was No. 2 in scoring in Week 1, No. 10 in Week 3 and kicks for the NFL's most prolific scoring offense (it's still weird typing this). The Rams face their toughest test yet, with Seattle touching down in L.A. on Sunday.
So get Zuerlein on your rosters and in your lineups and get a leg up (sorry) on the competition this week and potentially for the duration of the season.
1.Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots at Buccaneers
2.Dan Bailey, Cowboys vs. Packers
3.Justin Tucker, Ravens at Raiders
4.Mason Crosby, Packers at Cowboys
5.Greg Zuerlein, Rams vs. Seahawks
6.Matt Prater, Lions vs. Panthers
7.Jake Elliott, Eagles vs. Cardinals
8.Chris Boswell, Steelers vs. Jaguars
9.Blair Walsh, Seahawks at Rams
10.Adam Vinatieri, Colts vs. 49ers
11.Nick Folk, Buccaneers vs. Patriots
12.Graham Gano, Panthers at Lions
13.Kai Forbath, Vikings at Bears
14.Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans vs. Chiefs
15.Randy Bullock, Bengals vs. Bills
16.Ryan Succop, Titans at Dolphins
17.Stephen Hauschka, Bills at Bengals