Minnesota Vikings: Season on the Line vs. Chicago Bears

By Andrew Fisher
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It all comes down to this, for now. The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Chicago Bears this Sunday from the Metrodome in Minneapolis in huge late-season showdown.

It’s no secret that the season is on the line for the reeling Vikings. It’s win now, or stay home for the playoffs.

The entire team knows what it’s getting into against a Bears team they faced a mere two weeks back. In that contest, the Vikings shot themselves in the foot repeatedly, and were unable to stop Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense en route to a 28-10 loss.

What I took away from that contest was that the Bears are beatable. The Vikings have the talent to get the job done, it’s just up to them to fully execute the game plan come Sunday.

This time around, the Vikings will have a rowdy crowd behind them, and if Chad Greenway gets his wish, they’ll all be loaded and loud. Home-field advantage could be the factor that puts them over the top.

It’s also no secret what the team must do better to win: they’ve got to establish some sort of passing attack. Without Percy Harvin, the receiving game has gone in the toilet with the exception of Kyle Rudolph.

Someone has to step up and play big for Minnesota, because as we’ve seen, Adrian Peterson himself can’t even carry this team to victory.

As for the defense, they’ve got to limit Brandon Marshall and get consistent pressure on Cutler the entire game. Put two guys on Marshall at all-times if that’s what it takes. Somehow they’ve got to limit Chicago’s best offensive connection.

It all really boils down to finding a way to get it done in these late-season games. There’s no more time to point fingers or make excuses, it’s just about making more plays than the other team. I’m hoping special teams or the defense will find a way to get into the end zone. Minnesota needs a spark from somewhere other than their backfield.

We’ll see what this team is truly made of when it’s all said and done Sunday afternoon.

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