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Minnesota Vikings (6-6) at Chicago Bears (8-4)
The Bears lost last week in upset fashion, but they still have a very good chance to be this year’s team that goes from out of the playoffs to a first round bye because the 49ers also lost. If they win 1 more game over their final 4 games than the 49ers do, they will almost definitely be the NFC’s #2 seed this year and they are really the only candidate remaining to fulfill that trend, something that’s happened every year in at least the last decade.
The Seahawks are also a candidate, but they would have to win out, something that could be tough considering the impending suspensions of their cornerbacks. The Bears can easily win out as they are expected to be favorites in every game the rest of the way, including next week at home for Green Bay, which will be by far their toughest game the rest of the way. The 49ers, meanwhile, have to go to New England and Seattle, and will be dogs in at least one, maybe both of those games.
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Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin hasn't talked to media in two weeks since his season ended due what head coach Leslie Frazier said was based “purely” on his slow-healing sprained left ankle and not any issue with a uniquely valuable player who has had clashes with the team.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. At 35 years old, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield certainly isn't the same player he was at age 27, his first year in Minnesota. That's to be expected, though, when football players get older.
But thanks to added weekly rest this season, Winfield has been able to stay fresh and that means he's staying on the field on Sundays.
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Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday downplayed the sluggish start of a statewide gambling initiative being counted on to help fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, saying doesn't plan to redo the financing package during the upcoming legislative session.
Dayton told reporters the early revenue projections are worth watching but shouldn't cause alarm about the merits of the electronic...
The Chicago Bears will be without Brian Urlacher and Tim Jennings in Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The latest news is that Jennings has been officially ruled out. Kelvin Hayden will replace Jennings at cornerback.
Chicago expects Jennings to be able to return before the season comes to an end. He injured his shoulder in overtime in against Seattle on Dec. 2 while...
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen and linebacker Jasper Brinkley were fined for plays against the Green Bay Packers last weekend, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday. Griffen was fined $15,750 for roughing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Brinkley was fined $7,875 for a facemask against wide receiver Randall Cobb. There was no penalty called on the play...
As expected all three injured Chicago Bears starters have been ruled out of action for this Sunday’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), MLB Brian Urlacher (hamstring), WR Earl Bennett (concussion) won’t be able to play against the Vikings after suffering injuries in the 23-17 loss last Sunday against the Seahawks.
Jennings and Bennett are expected...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Jared Allen has spent five years with the Minnesota Vikings and is well-versed in the Chicago Bears and what they try to do, having played nine career games against Chicago.
Nothing would shock Minnesota's veteran defensive end, who unfortunately has a 2-7 record in those games. Of course, Allen's never had the chance to face Chicago twice in the span...
Adrian Peterson wants to win a couple championships, but the Vikings haven’t even had a winning season since 2009. He is applying his mantra to running the ball to his career goals: patience. Still, as he eyes the 2,000-yard mark for the season, his goals extend beyond the yardage numbers.
Last week: 6 (-2)
Net points per drive: 0.46 (8th)
DVOA: 22.2% (6th)
Weighted DVOA: 20.2% (6th)
RG Gabe Carimi: Did not allow a pressure on 33 pass block snaps, run blocked for 2 yards on 1 attempt
WR Brandon Marshall: Caught 10 passes for 165 yards on 12 attempts on 32 pass snaps, 3.2 YAC per catch, 1 drop
QB Jay Cutler: 17 of 26 for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns...
When the Chicago Bears (8-4) and Minnesota Vikings (6-6) meet in the Metrodome on Sunday afternoon, it will be the second time in three weeks that these two teams have faced off. In the Thanksgiving weekend matchup between the two teams Chicago walked out of Soldier Field with a 28-10 victory. However, this will be a much different Bears team that faced the Vikings two weeks ago...
MINNEAPOLIS There was a Christian Ponder-sized elephant in the postgame interview room on Sunday.
The Vikings had won, 21-14, defeating the Bears and advancing their record to 7-6. They'd done so handily, carrying a two-touchdown lead into the fourth quarter, and as the clock ticked down, there was no doubt who'd be walking off the field victorious.
The Vikings were hoping for continuous progress from Christian Ponder this year. Instead, he has regressed as the season has progressed, as the numbers show. That gives him four games to turn around a souring evaluation of him by fans.
Brian Urlacher’s hamstring injury forced Nick Roach to middle linebacker and thrust Geno Hayes into the starting role. What can we expect from Chicago’s reshuffled linebacker corps?
The 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday was a costly one for Brian Urlacher, not only did the Bears middle linebacker strain his right hamstring, Urlacher was also fined $31,500 for a horse-collar tackle on Seahawks running back Leon Washington late in the second quarter, according to a league source.
On the play, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed a screen pass...