Bears to face Eagles in playoffs after dispatching Vikings

The Chicago Bears met the challenge head-on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.  With little to play for after the Rams jumped out to a big early lead on the 49’ers, the Bears demonstrated the gritty resolve they’ve displayed all season en route to a well-earned 24-10 victory over the Vikings.

Chicago finishes the regular season at 12-4 and prepares to welcome the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at Soldier Field.  Meanwhile, the Vikings, pre-season favorites as a possible Super Bowl team, miss the playoffs and conclude a disappointing year at 8-7-1. READ MORE

Four keys for Bears success in Minnesota

The Chicago Bears get a playoff preview when they face the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.

In a game that resembles as close to a post-season atmosphere as there could be, the Bears seek to finish strong, stay healthy, and possibly eliminate the Vikings from playoff consideration. With a little help from San Francisco combined with a Chicago victory, the Bears would land a coveted first-round bye.

Ahead of the kick, here are four keys to a Bears win:
1. Protect Mitch Trubisky…Although the Bears did a respectable job in the first meeting, Minnesota will be fueled by the home crowd in a must-win game. Tasckles Charles Leno and Bobby Massie have played solidly, but are prone to occasional breakdowns. The Vikings Danielle Hunter (14.5 sacks   enjoyed a breakout year and combines speed with power. READ MORE

Three questions as Bears travel west to face 49’ers

With the NFC North title locked up but a playoff seed still on the line, the Chicago Bears (10-4) head west to play an undermanned, yet improving San Francisco (4-10) club.

Here are three questions to ponder before Sunday afternoon’s kick:

  1. Will the Bears have a letdown after two emotionally charged contests against the Rams and Packers?  Bears head coach Matt Nagy has done his best this week to keep the focus on the 49’ers and how the Bears still have something to play for. It will be interesting to see if Chicago can perform better than its last road contest, a disappointing overtime loss to the New York Giants on December 7.