EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (6-7) are hosting the Bears (6-7) at noon (CT) Sunday to close out their season series and 2020 home slate at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The winning team will boost its chances at a Wild Card spot in the NFC Playoffs. The loser likely will need to win its final two games and get a good bit of help to make the postseason.
Here are the ways to watch the action between the teams that enter Week 15 eighth (Vikings) and ninth (Bears) in the NFC Standings.
Reminder: The postseason field expanded, beginning this season, to a seventh team in the NFC and AFC.
FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: Noon (CT)
Play-by-Play: Chris Myers
Analyst: Greg Jennings
Sideline: Jen Hale
Fans who live in the green areas 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).
KFAN 100.3-FM and KTLK 1130-AM
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber
Pregame Show: 10 a.m. (CT) with Mike Mussman
KFAN and KTLK are the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.
Chicago: Sirius 132 and XM 382
Minnesota: Sirius 83 and XM 225
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
VERIZON 5G SuperStadium
Although no fans will be allowed in the stadium because of COVID-19 protocols, the at-home experience can be augmented with Verizon 5G Super Stadium, which is available in the most recent update of the official Vikings app. Verizon 5G SuperStadium allows people watching within the broadcast area (same map as above) to access five camera angles for replays of key moments, as well as the opportunity to interact with new AR features and 360 videos. Click here for more information.
VIKINGS POSTGAME LIVE
Tune-in after each Vikings game on the team's digital and social platforms to watch Vikings Postgame Live presented by Mystic Lake. The show will feature expert analysis, highlights, Next Gen Stats and postgame sound from Head Coach Mike Zimmer.
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Bears.
COORDINATORS ON THE OFFENSE, DEFENSE & SPECIAL TEAMS
Below are takeaways from Thursday's media sessions with Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, Co-Defensive Coordinators Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer, and Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf.
Kubiak on Scramblin' Kirk:
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins last week recorded a career-high 41 rushing yards. (His previous high was 38 rushing yards in 2017 for Washington.)
Cousins has emphasized a desire to extend plays more with his feet, and tape of this season's games shows that he's done just that. Kubiak reiterated that it had been a focus coming off the 2019 campaign, and it's something that Vikings quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak has worked on with Cousins.
"Klint made it a big point of emphasis. Certain coverages we've been seeing in games that are conducive to teaching your quarterback to take off versus coverage. There's a lot of man [coverage] or this or that," Gary Kubiak said. "So through all that, he's kind of taking another step forward, and it's had a lot to do with our improvement on third down, I'd say, in the last five or six weeks.
"It's kind of something that I think you get better as a quarterback just studying yourself and seeing certain coverages in certain situations and saying, 'Hey, I need to take off right here,' " he continued. "So I just think he's doing a good job of growing in that aspect."
Zimmer on Film Study 101:
Despite missing a few games due to injury this season, Vikings rookie cornerback Cam Dantzler has shown steady improvement in Minnesota's secondary.
The youngster spoke to Twin Cities media members earlier this week, and when asked about the biggest improvement in his game since Week 1, Dantzler pointed to his preparation. He credited veteran teammates like Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris for helping him study opponents before games and pay attention to detail.
Zimmer acknowledged on Thursday the importance of learning how to study film for young players.
"You can always just turn on the tape and watch it but not know what to look at," Zimmer explained. "I think [Vikings defensive backs coach] Daronte Jones has done a great job teaching those young guys how to watch film and what to look for so that they are studying the right things that can help them in the games. I think Cam has gotten really good at doing that. I think Jeff [Gladney] has as, well."
Zimmer also credited rookie linebacker Troy Dye.
"We usually give him a homework assignment every week, and he's gotten more and more detailed with how he looks at [positions], whether I give him the running backs or the tight ends or the offensive line to look at," Zimmer said. "That's something that young guys have to learn is how to study film and see things that are going to help when the game is going on."
Patterson on Wonnum's early success:
Speaking of rookies studying film, Patterson said D.J. Wonnum is an excellent student of the game, and that is partially what's enabled him to make an impact during his first NFL season.
Patterson, who also coaches Minnesota's defensive line, said he's been able to ask Wonnum of more than he sometimes can with first-year players.
"Most D-linemen, you can't do that, because the game is so different from college football to pro football. They're just trying to learn how to do their technique in the run game and pass rush, all those kind of things," Patterson said. "Asking this kid to drop [into coverage], spy quarterbacks and all the things we're asking him to do, just shows how smart of a young man he is."
Wonnum logged some experience at outside linebacker for the Gamecocks.
"They did drop him at South Carolina over his tenure there. I think that's part of what makes him comfortable with that," Patterson said. "I think another part, too, is his natural athleticism that he has which is the same when Danielle [Hunter] first showed up here. It was the same way. Danielle felt comfortable in space, he felt comfortable dropping. It was natural for him to know to get under a receiver or chase a receiver, which the backers do naturally; the D-linemen don't. It's the same thing. It's part of being an athlete and part of having experience in his college days."
Maalouf on Bailey's struggles:
The Vikings are staying committed for the time being to kicker Dan Bailey, who has struggled in the past two games.
Maalouf answered multiple questions about Bailey and the kicks that have been missed, and one question was asked about whether changing long snappers could impact the operation. Minnesota started the season with Austin Cutting, but Andrew DePaola has played the past four games. Cutting was waived on Dec. 1.
Maalouf said it's "a possibility" that the transition from Cutting to DePaola is affecting Bailey's performance.
"I mean, that could always be a possibility," Maalouf said. "I think it depends, sometimes on how you left off with the one — like, I like what we have with Andrew, and I think Dan would tell you the same thing. I don't want to speak for him, but I'm pretty sure he would tell you the same thing.
"If a certain aspect of it is different with a previous long snapper that you're compensating for as a kicker, then maybe that gets corrected, you know what I mean?" he continued. "Then, you're adapting to the new tempo, which is really what your old tempo should have been. That's a roundabout explanation, but to answer your question, there could be some type of aspect to that, and if that's the case, hopefully we get him back on track even faster."