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Vikings Go For 5th NFC North Win In 2017 Versus Bears

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Vikings Go For 5th NFC North Win In 2017 Versus Bears

The Vikings are going for their 5th NFC North Win this week versus Chicago. This will be the most wins the Vikings have had in the division since 2015. The Vikings are looking to extend their winning streak versus Chicago to three games, and they are also going for their 60th win versus Chicago in franchise history.

Earlier this season the Vikings beat Chicago 20-17 in a hard-fought battle. Quarterback Sam Bradford started the game, but Case Keenum replaced him late in the first half.

Keenum will be the full-time starter this weekend, and the Vikings will look to continue their success at home. Currently, the Vikings are 6-1 at US Bank Stadium this year with their only loss coming from the Detroit Lions. Minnesota has not lost to the Chicago Bears at home since 2011 when they lost 13-17.

What To Watch For

Currently, the Bears rank 11th in total rushing yards gained. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen will have a tough time getting past the likes of Linval Joseph, Eric Kendricks, and the rest of the Vikings defense that currently ranks second in rushing yards allowed.

The Vikings have also limited the big play in the rushing game. So far this season the Vikings have allowed only 19 rushing plays of 10 yards or more. The next closest team is the Denver Broncos who have allowed 27.

The Vikings will look to keep the defensive dominance going.

Potential Milestones

As stated before the Vikings can achieve their 5th NFC North win. Something they have only done three times since 1990. A 5th NFC North win will cap a Vikings season in which they have outscored division rivals 96-64. A win by 18 points or more will be the first time since 2009 that the Vikings will have outscored division opponents by 50 points or more in a season.

If the Vikings can eclipse 190 yards on the ground this week, they will hit the 2,000-yard team rushing mark. Last season the Vikings ran for only 1,205 yards as a team.

With 260 passing yards this weekend the Vikings could move past the 4,000 team passing total for the first time since 2009. Last season the Vikings threw for 3,863 yards as a team.

Eric Kendricks comes into week 17 with a team-leading 86 solo tackles. He will need 14 on Sunday to break the 100 tackle mark on the year. Kendricks also leads the team in assisted tackles with 46.


The Vikings have an excellent chance of winning at home versus Chicago this weekend. Playing for a first-round bye, I have a good feeling that the Vikings will come out ready to play. I believe the Vikings will get their 5th NFC North win of the season in very convincing fashion.

Vikings: 38

Bears: 7

Photo by Matthew Deery