Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.


— Five things about the Vikings and the playoff picture. If the Vikings win their next two games, they will guarantee that the final game of the regular season at Green Bay will be for the NFC North title.

— The Week 16 Vikings-Giants matchup was flexed to a 7:30 p.m. start after New York’s victory on Monday night.

— Vikings fans are used to sweating out the final month-plus of the season. How many of the final regular-season games will the Vikings win?

— The Vikings could win 10 games this season without a signature victory.


— Five things to watch for as the Chicago Bears’ season winds down, including the likely possibility that they miss the playoffs for the eighth time in the last nine years.

— Though the dejection is starting to set in, can the Bears find a formula to bounce back again?

— The Bears placed safety Antrel Rolle on the injured reserve on Monday after suffering a sprained MCL in late November.


Practice starts at 11 a.m. No scheduled press conferences today.


The Vikings are in the midst of their first losing streak this season after last Thursday’s 23-20 loss at Arizona and have lost three of their last four games. The NFC West’s top two teams, Seattle and Arizona, handed the Vikings back-to-back losses, improving the West division’s record to 3-1 against the Vikings this season. The Vikings shift back to the NFC North’s lineup this week where they own a 3-1 record. Chicago comes to town with a 1-3 record in the division and also riding a two-game losing streak.

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