News | Minnesota Vikings – vikings.com

Game Preview: Vikings-Bears

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings (10-5) are hosting the Bears (7-8) to conclude a regular season for the fourth consecutive year.

Minnesota has gone 2-1 in the past three Week 17 meetings, picking up wins in 2016 and 2017 but falling in 2018 to miss the playoffs.

This time, the Vikings are locked at the NFC's No. 6 spot, regardless of what happens.

Minnesota and Chicago will finish second and third, respectively, in the NFC North, which will affect two games on each team's 2020 schedule.

NFC North teams will host NFC East teams that have a corresponding order of finish and visit NFC West teams that finish in the same order. That means Minnesota will be hosting Philadelphia or Dallas and visiting San Francisco or Seattle in 2020. Chicago will host the New York Giants and visit the L.A. Rams in 2020 under those procedures.

Minnesota and Chicago are coming off home losses. The Vikings fell 23-10 to the Packers in a game that locked up the division for Green Bay. The Bears lost 26-3 to the Chiefs in Week 16.

As one of five teams with a 7-8 record, Chicago's draft pick could be affected by Sunday's outcome; Minnesota's first selection, however, will be between 21-32, depending on the results in the playoffs.

Minnesota's offense ranks 13th in yards per game (357.1), 10th in yards per play (5.80), seventh in rushing yards per game (130.6), 20th in passing yards per game (226.5) and seventh in points per game (25.9).

Chicago's offense ranks 29th in the NFL in yards per game (294.1), 31st in yards per play (4.67) and 29th in rushing yards per game (86.7). The Bears are 26th in passing yards per game (207.5) and 30th in points per game (17.3).

The Vikings are sixth in the NFL in points against (18.8), 14th in yards allowed per game (341.9), 14th in rushing yards allowed per game (104.7) and 16th in passing yards allowed per game (237.2).

The Bears are fifth in the NFL in points against (18.6), eighth in yards allowed per game (325.7), sixth in rushing yards allowed per game (97.2) and 12th in passing yards allowed per game (228.5).

TV BROADCAST

FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities)

Kickoff: Noon (CT)

Play-by-Play: Dick Stockton

Analyst: Mark Schlereth

Sideline Reporter: Jen Hale

1226HowToWatchMap

ON MOBILE

Fans who live in the green area shown on the map from 506sports.com will be able to watch the game on their iOS mobile devices with the VIKINGS APP or VIKINGS MOBILE SITE (Safari browser only).

LOCAL RADIO

KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 10 a.m. (CT)

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.

SATELLITE RADIO

Sirius: CHI 133 or Streaming 805; MIN 82 or Streaming 819

XM: CHI 382 or Streaming 805; MIN 227 or Streaming 819

STAT OF THE WEEK

The Vikings defense has recorded 10 takeaways over the past two games, which is four more than any team during that span. Minnesota has forced eight fumbles, recovering six, and snagged four interceptions since Week 15.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Bears.

NORSEMAN NOTES

This is the fourth time in Vikings history that the team has started a season 10-5 (1988, 1992, 2015 and 2019). The Vikings have made the playoffs every time they've opened a season 10-5 (the NFL increased its schedule from 14 games to 16 in 1978).

The Vikings offense has allowed only 28 sacks in 2019, which is the eighth-fewest in 2019. Minnesota suffered 40 in 2018.

QB Kirk Cousins has a 107.4 passer rating, which ranks fourth in the NFL as the Vikings enter the final week of the regular season. His previous career best was 101.6 with Washington in 2015.

Cousins ranks seventh in franchise history with 56 passing touchdowns and needs three to pass Warren Moon (1994-96).

Dalvin Cook, who missed Week 16, is tied for third in the NFL with 13 rushing touchdowns. He also ranks fifth in the NFL in scrimmage yards with 1,654.

Stefon Diggs has a new career-high of 1,130 receiving yards, giving him back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the first time in his career. Diggs ranks fourth in the NFL with 17.9 yards per catch.

Kyle Rudolph needs three touchdown receptions to tie Sammy White (50) for fourth in Vikings history. Rudolph (425 receptions) passed Jake Reed (413) in Week 11 for fifth place on Minnesota's all-time receptions list. Anthony Carter is fourth all-time with 478.

Irv Smith, Jr., has 35 receptions in 2019 and needs one to break Andrew Jordan's Vikings record of 35 receptions by a rookie tight end (1994).

The Vikings defense has allowed the second-fewest rushing touchdowns in the NFL this season (seven).

Danielle Hunter has tied his single-season career best of 14.5 sacks, which is tied for third in the NFL.

According to league stats, Eric Kendricks has a career-high 12 pass breakups on the season.

Anthony Harris is tied for the league lead with six interceptions in 2019.

VIKINGS-BEARS CONNNECTIONS

Bears return specialist/receiver Cordarrelle Patterson played for the Vikings from 2013-16.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer is from Peoria, Illinois, and played collegiately at Illinois State.

Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is from Crete, Illinois.

COACHING CONNECTIONS

Vikings assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken played at Arizona State when Bears Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich was quarterbacks coach in 2001.

Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf worked in the same role at Indianapolis in 2012 when Bears Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano was head coach of the Colts. They also worked together in Baltimore from 2008-11.

Maalouf, running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu (2004), Defensive Coordinator George Edwards (2004) and defensive line coach Andre Patterson (2003-04) overlapped with Pagano (2001-04) in Cleveland. Polamalu played at USC (1982-85), overlapping with Pagano's time as a graduate assistant.

Vikings receivers coach Drew Petzing worked as an operations intern for the Browns in 2013 when Chicago Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor was with Cleveland.

PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS

Vikings Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Advisor Gary Kubiak, offensive line coach and run game coordinator Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani were on the Ravens staff in 2014 when LS Patrick Scales was with Baltimore.

Minnesota Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf and Bears TE Bradley Sowell overlapped in Indianapolis in 2012.

Vikings P Britton Colquitt (2016-17) played for Bears Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor for two seasons in Cleveland. Colquitt teamed with Bears LB Danny Trevathan in Denver when Kubiak, Pariani and Dennison were on the Broncos staff. Trevathan is on Injured Reserve.

Minnesota C Brett Jones (2015-17), who is on Injured Reserve, and Linval Joseph (2010-13) played with Bears DB Prince Amukamara (2011-15) for the Giants.

Vikings T Rashod Hill, Amukamara and Bears WR Allen Robinson II were teammates in Jacksonville in 2016.

Minnesota DT Shamar Stephen teamed with Chicago RB Mike Davis in Seattle last season.

Vikings G Josh Kline and Bears DT Akiem Hicks teamed together in New England in 2015.

Minnesota RB Ameer Abdullah (2015-18) and T Riley Reiff (2012-16) were teammates of Cornelius Lucas (2014-16) in Detroit.

Vikings QB Sean Mannion (2015-18) was a teammate of Lucas (2017) and Bears DT Nick Williams (2018) with the Rams.

Minnesota G Dakota Dozier teamed with Chicago LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and DB Buster Skrine on the 2018 Jets.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook and CB Xavier Rhodes and Chicago NT Eddie Goldman at Florida State

Vikings DT Jaleel Johnson and Bears OL James Daniels at Iowa

Minnesota C Brett Jones and Bears DT Akiem Hicks at Regina (Canada)

Vikings T Brian O'Neill and Bears TE J.P. Holtz at Pittsburgh

Minnesota TE Irv Smith, Jr., and Chicago S Eddie Jackson at Alabama

Vikings DE Tashawn Bower and Bears DB Kevin Toliver II at LSU

Minnesota CB Mike Hughes and Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky at North Carolina before Hughes transferred to UCF

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs and Bears LB Josh Woods at Maryland

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster for the 2019 season.

VIKINGS TOP PERFORMERS VS. PACKERS

Offense

Kirk Cousins: 5 games (5 starts; 2 with Washington and 3 with Minnesota), 119-of-175 passing, 1,197 yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs, passer rating of 89.6

Stefon Diggs: 8 games (7 starts), 52 receptions, 576 yards, 7 TDs

Adam Thielen: 11 games (7 starts), 30 receptions, 320 yards, TD

Kyle Rudolph: 16 games (15 starts), 47 receptions, 415 yards, 4 TDs

Defense

Anthony Harris: 6 games (5 starts), 30 tackles (league stats), 2 INT, FR, 4 PBU

Harrison Smith: 13 games (13 starts), 70 tackles (league stats), 4 INT, 6 PBU, FR, 56-yard interception return TD

VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. BEARS

Stefon Diggs has caught at least one touchdown in six of eight games against the Bears, including a 40-yarder with under two minutes remaining in a 23-20 win by Minnesota on Nov. 1, 2015. It was Diggs' first game at Chicago, and he added two more touchdown catches at home against the Bears that season.

Adam Thielen scored his first career touchdown on a 44-yard reception in a 13-9 win against Chicago on Dec. 28, 2014.

Kyle Rudolph set a career-high for receptions in a single game with 11 against Chicago to conclude the 2016 regular season on Jan. 1, 2017.

Anthony Harris recorded the first multi-interception game of his career with two picks at Chicago on Nov. 18, 2018.

Harrison Smith scored his second career NFL touchdown by returning an interception 56 yards on Dec. 9, 2012.

VIKINGS-BEARS SERIES NOTES

1. This will be the 118th meeting between the Vikings and Bears. Minnesota is 60-55-2 in the series, which includes one postseason contest that Chicago won. The teams met in the Vikings inaugural game, a shocking 37-13 upset of the long-established Bears on Sept. 17, 1961.

2. This is the fourth consecutive regular season that Minnesota has closed by hosting Chicago. The Vikings are 2-1 in the past three finales.

3. Under Zimmer, the Vikings are 6-5 against the Bears. Chicago has won three in a row.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 8 games (Dec. 3, 1972 through Oct. 10, 1976)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 6 games twice (Dec. 11, 1983 through Oct 5, 1986 and Dec. 28, 2009 through Nov. 25, 2012)

Advertising