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Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: Key information and first quarter discussion

The regular season ends today

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We are less than an hour from kicking off the 2019 regular season finale for your Minnesota Vikings, as they once again host the Chicago Bears in an event that’s becoming such a tradition that it damn near requires Jim Nantz and its own theme music.

There’s nothing on the line for either of these teams. . .the Bears have long been eliminated from postseason contention and the Vikings can’t improve their seeding in the playoffs, so who knows exactly what we’ll see out there today.

Here’s all the important info you need for today’s contest.

Date and Time: Sunday, 29 December, 2019, noon Central time

Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Television coverage: KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, various FOX affiliates around the country, DirecTV Channel 711

Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 82, XM Channel 227, SiriusXM App Channel 819

Line: Bears -3, Over/Under 37.5

Chris’ Prediction: Vikings 14, Bears 10

Three Keys

1) No injuries to anyone important - Since this is likely going to get treated like a preseason game, we’ll go with our primary key for every preseason game. The Vikings are going to be resting a lot of people, but somebody has to play in this one, so hopefully no key players get hurt this afternoon.

2) Keep Mitchell Trubisky on the field - The Bears beat the Vikings the first time these two teams played because Trubisky wasn’t in the game. The more he’s on the field, the better it is for Minnesota, because that guy stinks. And no, I don’t care if he manages to pull a decent game out of his backside today. Dude still stinks.

3) Find something to build on - It would be nice to go into the postseason with something that at least resembles a little bit of momentum. Will we get it? I hope so.

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That’s all the important information, folks. We’ll have our new Open Threads up at the start of each quarter, so keep your eye out for those. Other than that, enjoy the last game of the regular season and the last time we’ll see U.S. Bank Stadium until the 2020 preseason.