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Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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CHICAGO BEARS (3-12) WK 17 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-8)

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Date: 1 January 2017
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
TV: FOX
DirecTV Ch 711
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 228
Sirius Ch 108
TV Announcers: Dick Stockton
David Diehl
Know Thy Foe: Windy City Gridiron
Weather: Indoors, because the game is at U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
Line: Minnesota -6, Over/Under 43 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 27, Bears 17
Final Score: Vikings 38, Bears 10


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Today, we come to an end of what we can only deem to be a disappointing 2016 season, as the Minnesota Vikings host the Chicago Bears in the regular season finale at U.S. Bank Stadium. The purple and gold need a win to get back to .500 on the season and avoid becoming the first team to finish below that mark after starting a season 5-0.

What do they have to do to make that happen?

1) Watch out for Jordan Howard - In the first game between these two teams, Howard totaled over 200 yards from scrimmage and was the driving force behind the Chicago offense. With Matt Barkley coming off of a five-interception performance last week, the Vikings should concentrate their energies on keeping Howard contained and then getting after Barkley.

2) Perform in the red zone - Even without Stefon Diggs, the Vikings should be able to move the ball against this Chicago defense. Once they get down inside the 20, they need to find ways to put the football into the end zone. The red zone offense for the Vikings has been abysmal this season, so hopefully they can reverse that trend in this final game.

3) Listen to the head coach - Yeah, after last week, this probably should have been #1, but I'm just tacking it on to the end of the list.

We're less than an hour away from kickoff in the last meaningful football game we as Vikings fans will see until September. Hopefully our favorite team can pick themselves up off the mat after a rough stretch and get themselves a victory to close the 2016 season. Enjoy the game, ladies and gentlemen!

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!