Week 17 Ups and Downs: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

Alan Olson
January 1, 2018

The Vikings are bidding for their fourth season sweep of the Bears since 2000, although they could also receive a first-round bye if Carolina falls to Atlanta.

The Bears will finish in the cellar of the NFC North for the third consecutive season under Fox, who was hired by the team in January 2015 after a four-year stint as the Denver Broncos' coach.

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 think this is the first time in my career where you can officially say this game counts as more than one", Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

Minnesota did what it could to eliminate any drama early, scoring touchdowns-both via 1-yard runs by Murray-on two of the Vikings' first three offensive possessions and taking a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Vikings can scout the Bears all they want, but there's not doubt the Bears have a few plays that aren't on tape. "They understand this system and what their responsibility is and they play very, very hard". "If we can go out and get a win, it guarantees us that we get next week off". 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. Let's discuss the good and bad things from the Week 17 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears starting with the positives!

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The Vikings were up 3-2 in Chicago when they turned to Keenum just before halftime, and it was only when the offense began to coalesce around the quarterback that Minnesota avoided what could have been a costly loss.

"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense". "I don't feel like we'd get another coach that would be better".

"They're awesome", Keenum said of the defense.

Diggs became the fastest player in Vikings history to reach 200 receptions, in 40 games.

Joe Berger, who switched from right guard to center with Pat Elflein shelved for a shoulder injury for the second time in four weeks, was the only original starter on the Vikings offensive line to play in all 16 games.

"It's a box that we checked", Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said.

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