January 20, 2018

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01 January 2018, 01:47 | Ruben Fields

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Sunday’s season finale for the Bears in Minnesota is a chance for guys like Prince Amukamara to prove they’re worth keeping as the team rebuilds

Ranked No. 1 on defense in both yards (280.9) and points (16.1) allowed per game heading into Sunday's regular season finale against the Bears, these Vikings would be the franchise's first to end a season atop both NFL's defensive rankings since 1970. This will mark the third season in a row under Fox that the Bears finished last in their division.

And Latavius Murray notched his second 100-rushing yard day with the Vikings, a 20-111-2 effort as part of Minnesota's 147-yard day.

"I think this is the first time in my career where you can officially say this game counts as more than one", Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

By the time the Vikings play in their first playoff game, they will be well-rested, well-positioned and perhaps a little anxious about how their offense will function if they fall behind or have to win a high-scoring game.

The Vikings were up 3-2 in Chicago when they turned to Keenum just before halftime, and it was only when the offense began to coalesce around the quarterback that Minnesota avoided what could have been a costly loss. "We've still got this game. They understand the system and what their responsibility is, and they play very, very hard", coach Mike Zimmer said. The offense went without a turnover for the second straight game.

Kabul blast kills 25 at Afghan Voice news agency, cultural center
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A week before their October 9 game in Chicago, the Minnesota Vikings fell to 2-2 with a 14-7 home loss to the Detroit Lions, losing rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL in the process.

Keenum said 13-3 had "a nice ring to it".

"There's a lot that we have in store as an offense, I think we can play a lot better", Thielen added.

"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense". Stefon Diggs became the fastest player to reach 200 receptions.

Elflein was held out of practice all week and, if the Vikings lock up a first-round bye, could have three weeks between games. Veteran Joe Berger will move from right guard to take Elflein's place, making his first start of the season at center. Jeremiah Sirles started at left guard for Nick Easton, who will miss the playoffs because of a broken ankle.

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