Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Three more rookies made their first career starts for the Vikings last week and a record six first-year players started at Arizona. Though largely out of need, the Vikings rookies are making a big impact.
— Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes is reaping the benefits of his move from offense to defense while at Florida State.
— Sunday’s effort will provide Vikings coach Mike Zimmer with a strong indication as to if his team has the consistency of a playoff-caliber team.
— The final three weeks of the season offer another test of resiliency and focus for the Vikings.
— Chicago Bears coach John Fox is happy with his team’s ability to compete, though they are just 5-8. Here’s an early scouting report on the Vikings’ next opponent.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— A look at what’s changed since the Bears left Minnesota after a loss on Dec. 28, 2014 (expand captions for content).
— Chicago’s defensive coordinator Vic Fangio isn’t ready to give up his inside linebacker She McClellin after another rough performance.
— Fox explains why the Bears decided to shelve first-round draft pick Kevin White’s season without him playing even one snap.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Coordinators Norv Turner, George Edwards and Mike Priefer are set to be on the podium at 11 a.m. Then the Vikings practice at 1 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Maintenance and rest get extra attention at this point in the season, especially for a banged up team hoping to make a long playoff run. Zimmer said “We change the [practice] schedule up a little bit, go a few less plays here and there.” Though last Thursday night’s game didn’t offer the team much time to heal before traveling to Arizona, the benefit of a short week provides the players a bye week of sorts with four days off after the game. That extra rest goes a long way at this point in the season.