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Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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CHICAGO BEARS (5-10) WK 17 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-9)

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Date: 28 December 2014
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
TV: FOX
DirecTV Ch 706
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 232
Sirius Ch 146
TV Announcers: Dick Stockton
Brady Quinn
Know Thy Foe: Windy City Gridiron
Weather: 23 degrees, Winds from N at 5-10 MPH (Wind Chill 17), 0% chance of precip
Line: Minnesota -7, Over/Under 45.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 27, Bears 20
Final Score:


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Well, ladies and gentlemen, in about three hours the 2014 season will be over for both of these teams. The loser of this one will finish last in the NFC North for this season and will have a top 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The winner could still wind up in the Top 10 of the 2015 Draft, but will at least have the satisfaction of not finishing in last place in the division.

So, what do the Vikings have to do in order to emerge victorious and avoid double-digit losses and getting "skunked" in divisional games?

1) Just play hard - There are going to be guys playing for their next contract, as well as guys that are playing to make an impression on the coaches going into the off-season program. This team should want to go out on a high note in front of the home crowd, and they should be able to do that against a team that is in complete disarray and could be firing their coach tomorrow on "Black Monday."

2) Protect Teddy Bridgewater - Just like the last time these two teams played, keeping the young quarterback on his feet is going to play a big role in the Vikings coming out with a victory. Teddy is currently riding a streak of four games with a completion percentage of at least 70%, a new record for NFL rookies. He's capable of putting together a fifth against this Chicago defense, but it's going to require the offensive line keeping Jared Allen and company away from him.

3) Jay Cutler don't care - The Bears benched Jay Cutler before last week's game, and they wouldn't be playing him this week, either, if Jimmy Clausen hadn't suffered a concussion against the Detroit Lions. Cutler may have already checked out for this season, and he could be joining Marc Trestman on the unemployment line. . .or, at the very least, Cutler will be heading for a new locale. The Vikings have to put more heat on Cutler than they did in the first match-up and make him do Cutler things in order for this team to get a victory today.

It's been a wild ride so far this season, ladies and gentlemen. Let's hope that our favorite football team can give us a victory to close things out.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!