Vikings beat Chicago to clinch first-round bye

Vikings beat Chicago to clinch first-round bye

Vikings beat Chicago to clinch first-round bye

The Bears simply can not keep Vikings defenders at bay, culminating in a safety of Mitchell Trubisky, who tried getting rid of the ball in the face of a relentless pass rush. Chicago's top-10 run game was stoned, managing just 30 yards on 15 carries. They are the No. 2 seed in the conference for the first time since 2009.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the significance is in the team's play heading into the postseason, which is strong after the Vikings forced its first shutout since 1993 last weekend in Green Bay.

And rather than stick with Keenum in Chicago as they tried to avoid going 0-2 in the division, the Vikings opted to put their trust in Sam Bradford's aching left knee, in a move that went haywire so quickly that the team took the rare step of making head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman available to the media the next day to explain the decision. "Preparation. how to carry yourself as a pro and just getting comfortable within this offense is probably the main thing (I've done)".

Mitchell Trubisky finished his rookie season with a turnover-free game, completing 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards.

The Bears will finish in the cellar of the NFC North for the third consecutive season under Fox, who was hired by the team in January 2015 after a four-year stint as the Denver Broncos' coach.

Keenum said 13-3 had "a nice ring to it".

"I haven't really thought about (continuing to coach)", Fox said this week.

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"Defensively we have a lot of good players", Zimmer said.

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

Diggs became the fastest player in Vikings history to reach 200 receptions, in 40 games.

The Vikings will be without two starting offensive lineman on Sunday: center Pat Elflein and left guard Nick Easton. TE Kyle Rudolph, bothered by an ankle injury the past three weeks, wore a walking boot in the locker room after the game.

"It's a box that we checked", Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said.

But knowing the road to the Super Bowl over the past four seasons started with a first-round bye, he wants to make sure the Vikings handle a hoped-for week off the right way.

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