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Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction DEC 29TH 2019


The Minnesota Vikings are locked into the No. 6 seed for the NFC playoffs as they conclude the regular season by hosting the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Minnesota was knocked out the NFC North division race by losing to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night while the Bears are missing the postseason for the eighth time in nine seasons.

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The Vikings are considering holding out key players, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, for the finale but coach Mike Zimmer might opt to play some of the offensive performers for at least part of the game after the Vikings had only seven first downs and 139 total yards in a feeble showing against Green Bay. "I think there's a bunch of things when you look back that we could have done better, and I'll start with myself, that I could have done better," offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski told reporters. "... You talk about what you would do differently the next time, but then we've got to move on because we have a game coming up here versus Chicago." The Bears are in search of a win to avoid their fifth losing campaign in the past six seasons. "It's not easy, but we have to stay mentally focused knowing it's our obligation," Chicago coach Matt Nagy told reporters about competing hard in the finale. "There's a pride element I think for all of us, so that's what we'll be looking for."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Vikings -1 O/U: 36.5

ABOUT THE BEARS (7-8): Chicago has scored 16 total points while losing to the Packers and Kansas City Chiefs in its past two games after averaging 24.7 points over the previous three contests. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, selected second overall in 2017, spent all last week hearing about how the Bears didn't pick Patrick Mahomes (No. 10) and then laid an egg against the Chiefs with 157 passing yards in the 26-3 loss. Linebacker Khalil Mack (8.5 sacks, five forced fumbles) has a chance at his fifth straight double-digit sack campaign.

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (10-5): Star running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder, chest) will sit out his second straight game and backup Alexander Mattison (ankle) could also miss the contest which would leave Mike Boone (28 yards on 11 carries versus Green Bay) in a starting role for the second straight week. Standout linebacker Eric Kendricks (team-high 110 tackles) recovered two fumbles before leaving in the second quarter against Green Bay with a left quadriceps injury and he won't play against the Bears. Star defensive end Danielle Hunter is tied for third in the NFL with 14.5 sacks to match his career best set last season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Bears have won the past three meetings, including a 16-6 at home Sept. 29.

2. Chicago WR Allen Robinson has a career-best 89 receptions but his 1,076 yards are well behind the 1,400 he compiled for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015.

3. Minnesota WR Stefon Diggs, who has a career-high 1,130 receiving yards, has seven touchdown receptions in eight career contests against the Bears.

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Chicago Bears

Minnesota Vikings

Player Position Lineup
Prince Amukamara primary: Cornerback Starter
Tarik Cohen primary: Runningback Starter
James Daniels primary: Left Guard Starter
Leonard Floyd primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Kyle Fuller primary: Cornerback Starter
Eddie Jackson primary: Safety Starter
Nick Kwiatkoski primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Charles Leno Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Khalil Mack primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Anthony Miller primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bilal Nichols primary: Defensive End Starter
Roy Robertson-Harris primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Allen Robinson II primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Mitchell Trubisky primary: Quarterback Starter
Cody Whitehair primary: Center Starter
Nick Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Javon Wims primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ted Larsen primary: Right Guard Starter
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix primary: Safety Starter
Cornelius Lucas primary: Right Tackle Starter
Kevin Pierre-Louis primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
J.P. Holtz primary: Tight End Starter
Deon Bush primary: Defensive Back Substitution
DeAndre Houston-Carson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Isaiah Irving primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joel Iyiegbuniwe primary: Linebacker Substitution
Aaron Lynch primary: Linebacker Substitution
Pat O'Donnell primary: Punter Substitution
Patrick Scales primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kevin Toliver II primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Cordarrelle Patterson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Buster Skrine primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Woods primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ryan Nall primary: Runningback Substitution
Abdullah Anderson primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
David Montgomery primary: Runningback Substitution
Riley Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Duke Shelley primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Alex Bars primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Eddy Pineiro primary: Kicker Substitution
Jesper Horsted primary: Tight End Substitution
Brent Urban primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Eric Saubert primary: Tight End Substitution
Devante Bond primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rashaad Coward primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
Taylor Gabriel primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Eddie Goldman primary: Nose Tackle Not active
Akiem Hicks primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Bobby Massie primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Bradley Sowell primary: Tight End Not active
Michael Joseph primary: Defensive Back Not active
Corey Levin primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Mackensie Alexander primary: Defensive Back Starter
Mike Boone primary: Halfback Starter
Kentrell Brothers primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Aviante Collins primary: Left Tackle Starter
Pat Elflein primary: Left Guard Starter
Holton Hill primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Rashod Hill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Mike Hughes primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Danielle Hunter primary: Left End Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jayron Kearse primary: Strong Safety Starter
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Starter
Laquon Treadwell primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Stephen Weatherly primary: Right End Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Josh Kline primary: Right Guard Starter
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Armon Watts primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Alexander Hollins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Andrew Sendejo primary: Free Safety Starter
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Substitution
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Defensive End Substitution
Dakota Dozier primary: Guard Substitution
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Dru Samia primary: Guard Substitution
Cameron Smith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Anthony Barr primary: Linebacker Not active
Dalvin Cook primary: Runningback Not active
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Did not play
Stefon Diggs primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Did not play
Anthony Harris primary: Safety Did not play
Linval Joseph primary: Defensive Tackle Did not play
Eric Kendricks primary: Linebacker Not active
Brian O'Neill primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Riley Reiff primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Xavier Rhodes primary: Cornerback Did not play
Harrison Smith primary: Safety Did not play
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
Trae Waynes primary: Cornerback Did not play
Shamar Stephen primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Not active

Chicago Bears

Minnesota Vikings

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 33 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Eddy Pineiro
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 26 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Eddy Pineiro
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Eddy Pineiro
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Tackle in end zone
    • Safety Player Tackled: Mike Boone
    • Safety Tackler: Nick Kwiatkoski
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 37 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Period 3
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 14 Yards
    • Rusher: David Montgomery
    • Conv Kicker: Eddy Pineiro
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Eddy Pineiro
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 39 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Mike Boone
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Minnesota L 19 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 17 - 24
  • New Orleans L 26 - 23
  • @L.A. Rams L 10 - 24
  • @Carolina W 23 - 16
  • Tampa Bay W 19 - 20
  • Indianapolis L 19 - 11
  • @Atlanta W 30 - 26
  • N.Y. Giants W 13 - 17
  • @Detroit W 27 - 23
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22
  • Atlanta L 40 - 23
  • @Seattle L 26 - 27
  • @Houston W 31 - 23
  • Tennessee L 31 - 30
  • @Indianapolis L 11 - 28
  • Green Bay L 43 - 34

Next Games

  • @Green Bay(12-15-19) L 13 - 21
  • Detroit(11-10-19) W 13 - 20
  • Houston(11-11-12) L 13 - 6
  • @Minnesota(12-29-19) W 21 - 19
  • @Jacksonville(10-07-12) W 41 - 3
  • Carolina(11-30-14) W 13 - 31
  • Jacksonville(08-18-18) L 14 - 10
  • @Tampa Bay(10-26-14) W 19 - 13
  • Chicago(12-29-19) L 21 - 19
  • @New Orleans(01-05-20) W 26 - 20

Last Meetings

  • Vikings @ Bears 19-13
  • Bears @ Vikings 21-19
  • Vikings @ Bears 6-16
  • Bears @ Vikings 24-10
  • Vikings @ Bears 20-25
  • Bears @ Vikings 10-23
  • Vikings @ Bears 20-17
  • Bears @ Vikings 10-38
  • Vikings @ Bears 10-20
  • Bears @ Vikings 17-38

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Minnesota Vikings

  • Adam Thielen

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Thielen has been ticketed to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Jordan Brailford

    Personal
    day-to-day | questionable

    Brailford has missed the past two games due to a personal matter, and it is unclear if he will be available Week 12 against the Panthers.

  • Ezra Cleveland

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Cleveland sat out the previous game with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Panthers in Week 12.

  • Garrett Bradbury

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Bradbury has a shoulder injury, but he is expected to line up against the Cowboys on Sunday.

  • Cameron Dantzler

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Dantzler has sat out the last two games with a concussion, but he is projected to suit up Sunday versus the Cowboys.

  • Irv Smith Jr.

    Groin
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith Jr. missed his last game with a groin injury, but he is likely to dress for Sunday's tilt versus the Cowboys.

  • Eric Kendricks

    Upper Body
    Prob Sun | probable

    Kendricks left the previous game due to an upper-body injury, but he is likely to line up against the Cowboys on Sunday.

  • C.J. Ham

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Ham has popped up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

Chicago Bears

  • Eddie Jackson

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jackson has been shuttled to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no indication when he will get back in the lineup.

  • Dwayne Harris

    Tricep
    I-R | I-R

    Harris sustained a torn triceps, and he wound up on the injured reserve list.

  • Akiem Hicks

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 12 | questionable

    Hicks exited the previous game due to a right hamstring strain, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Packers during Week 12.

  • Nick Foles

    Hip
    Ques Week 12 | questionable

    Foles was lifted from the last game with right hip and glute injuries, and it has yet to be determined if he will face the Packers in Week 12.

  • Sam Mustipher

    Knee
    Ques Week 12 | questionable

    Mustipher has sat out the previous two games due to a knee injury, and it has yet to be established if he will take the field Week 12 against the Packers.

  • Sherrick McManis

    Finger
    Ques Week 12 | questionable

    McManis missed his last game due to a fractured index finger, and it is undetermined if he will be available Week 12 versus the Packers.

  • David Montgomery

    Concussion
    Ques Week 12 | questionable

    Montgomery missed his last game with a concussion, and it is unclear if he will be available Week 12 versus the Packers.

  • Jaylon Johnson

    Ankle
    Ques Week 12 | questionable

    Johnson departed the last contest with a right ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will be active Week 12 against the Packers.

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

Eddy Pineiro drilled a 22-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Chicago Bears to a 21-19 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the regular-season finale on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Pineiro, who made field-goal attempts of 26, 33 and 34 yards in the first half, was given his fourth opportunity after Mitchell Trubisky connected with Riley Ridley on a 32-yard reception on a fourth-and-9 play earlier in the drive.

The Vikings (10-6), who were locked into the NFC's sixth seed for the playoffs, elected to make six starters inactive and essentially rested quarterback Kirk Cousins, running backs Dalvin Cook and rookie Alexander Mattison, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. Minnesota will learn its first-round opponent later on Sunday.

Trubisky completed 26 of 37 passes for 207 yards, and rookie David Montgomery finished with 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Bears (8-8), who snapped a two-game skid and swept the Vikings for the second straight season.

Montgomery's determined effort provided Chicago's lone touchdown of the game on the first drive of the third quarter. The rookie bulled his way up the middle and kept his legs churning before receiving a sustained push from his teammates to find the end zone from 14 yards out and give the Bears an 18-6 lead.

Mike Boone, who rushed for 126 of his career-high 148 yards in the first half, trimmed the Vikings' deficit to 18-13 with a 1-yard run over right tackle early in the fourth quarter.

Dan Bailey kicked a 39-yard field goal with just under nine minutes remaining, and followed defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo's fumble recovery with a 34-yard kick with 4:53 left to give Minnesota a 19-18 lead.

Boone bolted out of the blocks with a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage before fumbling a pitch from quarterback Sean Mannion on the next play.

Pineiro capped a 12-play drive with his first kick, and the Bears doubled the advantage shortly after linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis' interception set up a 33-yard boot.

Minnesota halved the deficit early in the second quarter after completing 14-play drive with Bailey's 37-yard field goal.

A 57-yard punt from Pat O'Donnell backed the Vikings to their 1-yard line, and linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski wrapped up Boone in the end zone for safety. The Bears moved the ball again before settling for Pineiro's 34-yard field goal, but Bailey connected from 38 yards out to shave Minnesota's deficit to 11-6 at halftime.

--Field Level Media