EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The familiar refrain from the Minnesota Vikings this week was about "controlling our own destiny."
Minnesota begins the crucial stretch-run of its season on Sunday when it travels to face the Chicago Bears with the NFC North race to be decided between the Vikings (6-4), Bears (7-3) and Green Bay Packers (7-3) over the final six weeks.
Everything is in front of Minnesota; the division, the playoffs, and the teams they need to chase to make each a reality. Four of the final six games are against Chicago and Green Bay, including three in a row. A win Sunday, combined with a Packers' loss, would have the Vikings tied for the division lead.
Minnesota has put itself in this position to play meaningful games in November and December and help determine the outcome of the division.
Here are five things to watch Sunday as the Vikings begin the pivotal stretch:
1. Cutler or Campbell?
Perhaps the biggest question in Sunday's game doesn't involve Minnesota at all. Chic...