MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have won a whole bunch of games since their previous matchup with Chicago, a steady march to become NFC North champions that has put plenty of distance between the playoffs they’re about to enter and that ugly first half they played against the Bears. That’s precisely where their path to the postseason began to straighten out. When Case Keenum replaced the ailing Sam Bradford again at quarterback, the Vikings steered themselves back on
Noon today at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. TV: No local broadcast. Radio: WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM). Line: Vikings by 12. Over/under: 38. Record against spread: Bears 8-6-1, Vikings 11-4. Series record: Vikings lead 59-52-2. Last meeting: Vikings beat Bears 20-17 on Oct. 9. Last week: Bears beat Browns 20-3; Vikings beat Packers 16-0 Bears offense (NFL rankings): Overall 30, rush 11, pass 31. Bears defense: Overall 8, rush 9, pass 8. Vikings offense: Overall 10, rush 8, pass 13.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — For all the criticism thrown his way, Chicago Bears coach John Fox has at least one important fan. That would be quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The prized rookie said Monday they have a “great relationship” and praised the coach and his staff for showing the patience he needs as he adjusts to playing in the NFL. “They just allow me to be who I am as a person, as a player,” said Trubisky, the No. 2 overall draft pick. “They’ve been
Noon today at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). Radio: WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM). Line: Vikings by 11. Over/under: 42. Record against spread: Cincinnati 7-6, Minnesota 9-4. Series record: Tied 6-6. Last meeting: Bengals beat Vikings 42-14 on Dec. 22, 2013. Last week: Bengals lost to Bears 33-7; Vikings lost to Panthers 31-24. AP Pro32 rankings: Bengals No. 23, Vikings No. 4. Bengals offense (NFL rankings): Overall 32, rush 31, pass 26. Bengals defense: