Week 17 Ups and Downs: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

Phillip Butler
January 1, 2018

Let's discuss the good and bad things from the Week 17 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears starting with the positives! They are the No. 2 seed in the conference for the first time since 2009.

By the time the Vikings play in their first playoff game, they will be well-rested, well-positioned and perhaps a little anxious about how their offense will function if they fall behind or have to win a high-scoring game. It would be a major shock at this point if Fox did return to be the Bears' coach, and this 14-33 stretch with one game to go could be his last go-around as a head coach in the NFL.

On what proved to be something of an historic day, the Minnesota Vikings reached 13 regular-season victories for the second time in franchise history while finishing with the league's best defense and securing the second seed in the NFC playoffs.

"We ended on a good note", Vikings defensive tackle Joseph Linval said.

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


"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense".

Multiple outlets reported general manager Ryan Pace was expected to be retained - he was hired shortly after Fox arrived - and lead the search for a new coach.

That likely means a speech from Newman if the Vikings beat the Bears on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, a talk that could stress the importance of bye-week studying over bye-week partying.

In what could have been the final game for coach John Fox, who's 14-34 in three seasons, the Bears didn't cross midfield until the fourth quarter and totaled only 30 yards rushing. "I don't feel like we'd get another coach that would be better". 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.

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. Jeremiah Sirles is already replacing left guard Nick Easton, who broke his ankle in Green Bay.

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