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10 Vikings-Bears Numbers of Note: Minnesota's Defense Tops in Points, Yards Allowed Per Game



EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings have their eye on a first-round bye.

Minnesota wraps up the regular season Sunday against the Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Week 17 kickoff is at noon (CT).

The Vikings are 12-3 after getting a 16-0 shutout win Sunday over Green Bay on Saturday night. The Vikings already claimed the division title in Week 15.

The Bears are 5-10 after beating the Browns on Sunday. Chicago has already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Here's a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the matchup:

1 — The Vikings defense ranks first in the NFL in both yards allowed per game (280.9) and points allowed per game (16.1). The last time Minnesota led the league in points allowed per game was 1970.

2 — Harrison Smith snagged two picks against the Packers to record his first career multi-interception game. The Vikings safety has tied his career high with five interceptions this season.

19 — The Vikings defense has allowed 19 rushing plays of 10-plus yards this season, the fewest in the NFL. Since 1991, the fewest 10-plus yard runs allowed by a team in a full season was 20 by the 1995 San Francisco 49ers.

12 — Minnesota has a dozen scoring drives of 80-plus yards in 2017, eight more than the Vikings totaled last season. Tight end Kyle Rudolph has scored five of those 12 touchdowns.

0 — The Vikings have never finished the regular season with 13 wins. Minnesota, which can get there Sunday, has finished with 12 wins five times, the last being the 2009 season.

6 — Bears running back Jordan Howard ranks sixth in the NFL with 1,113 rushing yards, and is averaging 74.2 yards per game. The Vikings defense ranks second against the run by allowing 87.1 yards per game.

1,215 — Adam Thielen has 1,215 receiving yards this season, a career high for the Minnesota native. If the Vikings wide receiver gets at least 56 yards Sunday against Chicago, he'll move into the top 10 for the most receiving yards in a single season. Randy Moss tops the list with 1,632 yards in 2003.

16 —Minnesota has swept the season series between the Vikings and Bears 16 times, and can do so again Sunday. The last time the Vikings did it was in 2015, when Minnesota also won the NFC North. 

5 — Vikings tight end David Morgan made five snaps (two field goals and three punts) filled in at long snapper in the second half against Green Bay. The Vikings on Tuesday signed long snapper Jeff Overbaugh. 

3 — Vikings kicker Kai Forbath made all three of his field goal tries against Green Bay, and has kicked at least three field goals in six different games this season. Forbath's 32 made field goals ranks tied for sixth in the NFL.

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