Week 17 Ups and Downs: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

01 January, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Oct 31 2016 Chicago IL USA Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is defended by the Chicago Bears players during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears simply can not keep Vikings defenders at bay, culminating in a safety of Mitchell Trubisky, who tried getting rid of the ball in the face of a relentless pass rush. Trubisky led two sustained fourth-quarter drives for Chicago, but got no points when the Bears failed to convert on fourth-and-goal plays from the 6-yard line and from the 2-yard line.

A win over Chicago would have them locked into the second seed where they would get a first-round bye while a loss puts them in danger of dropping to third and having to play on Wild Card Weekend.

"There are a few examples of that - like the Giants a year ago", Newman said, referencing when several NY receivers were spotted partying in Miami the Monday before they lost to the Green Bay Packers in a Sunday wild-card game.

Case Keenum threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, and Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and a pair of scores as the Vikings locked up the second seed in the NFC playoffs.

"I've been on the bad end of it", Newman said of first-round byes.

"Not really", Joseph said of the No. 1-ranking's significance.

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"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense". The unit led the National Football League in least points allowed and has the ability to shut down any offense, which should keep the Vikings in any game. Fox's record in three seasons as the Bears head coach is now 14-34.

"They're awesome", Keenum said of the defense. Stefon Diggs found the end zone in back-to-back weeks, but was limited to just one catch for four yards in the previous meeting with the Bears. Veteran Joe Berger will move from right guard to take Elflein's place, making his first start of the season at center.

The Vikings will be without two starting offensive lineman on Sunday: center Pat Elflein and left guard Nick Easton.

Despite the Sunday's win, there was a calm in the Vikings' locker room.

The Minnesota Vikings all-time single-season receiving list now goes like this: Cris Carter, Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Cris Carter, Adam Thielen, Cris Carter, Cris Carter.

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