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Limbeck: It's bye, bye Vikings in the first round

Limbeck: It's bye, bye Vikings in the first round

The Minnesota defense forced Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky into a safety in the second quarter when he intentionally grounded the ball in the end zone. Trubisky led two sustained fourth-quarter drives for Chicago, but got no points when the Bears failed to convert on fourth-and-goal plays from the 6-yard line and from the 2-yard line.

The Vikings were up 3-2 in Chicago when they turned to Keenum just before halftime, and it was only when the offense began to coalesce around the quarterback that Minnesota avoided what could have been a costly loss.

When the playoffs start, the Vikings will be familiar with numerous teams they will likely face in two weeks, including Carolina, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

The only question heading into the last game of the year against the Chicago Bears is where the Vikings would be seeded in the NFL. The 13 wins are the franchise's most since 1998, when the 15-1 Vikings under Randall Cunningham and Brad Childress advanced to the NFC championship game. "Teams obviously know what we do and do well, that's why we have to go back to work this next week and refine the things that we've done and make sure we take a good look at ourselves as an offense and how we can attack this postseason run".

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




"Either way, I think everyone uses it to rest and recover", Floyd said.

The Bears entered the game just 5-11 and were playing for lame-duck coach John Fox.

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

That likely means a speech from Newman if the Vikings beat the Bears on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, a talk that could stress the importance of bye-week studying over bye-week partying. "I don't feel like we'd get another coach that would be better".

Callahan, who had stood up, was the one who actually caught the ball, at the left hash, and slid to the ground. Joe Berger will move over to center from right guard and Jeremiah Sirles will replace Easton, who is out of the season. TE Kyle Rudolph, bothered by an ankle injury the past three weeks, wore a walking boot in the locker room after the game.


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