Brad Biggs: If Bears are going to sneak into the playoffs, the defense needs to lead the way. That means stopping Dalvin Cook is the top priority.

CHICAGO — Much of the Chicago Bears’ success is hinged on the premise their defense will be the best of the four units on the field each Sunday when stacking up the offenses and defenses of both teams. That has been the case many weeks, certainly in Sunday’s blowout of the Houston Texans and the Week 5 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it hasn’t added up to as many wins as the Bears had hoped for as they head to Minnesota for what amounts to an elimination game in the NFC playoff race against the Vikings with both teams entering at 6-7. For all the recent focus that has been on the of…

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