The division champion Vikings will play Monday Night Football in Chicago December 28th. Here are 12 reasons to beat the Bears.
- Steal the 12th win of the season in the favorite city of Al Capone. That 12th win would look really nice on the mantel. Getting it would be a lot more satisfying than finding Al Capone's lost vault.
- Show that the embarrassing Carolina game was not how the Minnesota Vikings play football. Wash that ugly taste out of our mouths.
- Hold the lead over the Eagles for that first-round bye. Depending on the rest of the regular season, it appears likely that the Eagles would own the tiebreaker over the Vikings. The Vikings are 11-3 and the Eagles are 10-4. A victory is needed to keep the lead. While the Vikings don't absolutely need to get the bye, it would be gratifying to rebuff the Eagles from getting it.
- Finish the season with a perfect division record while the media jockeys continue to make overheated criticism of the Vikings.
- For the first time, improve the Vikings' all-time record against Jay Cutler to over .500. Currently, it is 1-1. The Vikings lost to Jay Cutler and the Broncos in 2007, but the Vikings beat Cutler's Bears a month ago at home.
- Get the first team win in a cold-weather game in the Brad Childress era. The Vikings are 0-4 in games played when the thermometer was 40 degrees or cooler since Childress took the reins.
- Get the win because the Vikings are better than the Bears.
- Finish the season with a road record above .500. It would be even sweeter to do it at the hostile environment of Soldier Field, where the Vikings lost 48-41 last year in a crazy game.
- Prove all the haters wrong and help Brett Favre show he can still play well in cold weather as the Vikings take the victory on Monday night.
- Improve the December record this year back to .500.
- Defeat Bernard Berrian's and Leslie Frazier's old team.
- Beat a desperate Bears team playing for their jobs, with notable players like Jay Cutler, Devin Hester, Devin Aromashodu, Matt Forte, Kahlil Bell, Greg Olsen, Johnny Knox, Orlando Pace, Olin Kreutz, Lance Briggs, Tommie Harris, Adewale Ogunleye, Charles Tillman, Danieal Manning and Robbie Gould.
Steve Hutchinson and Bryant McKinnie doin' work.
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