It’s an NFC North showdown with big playoff implications as the 6-7 Minnesota Vikings welcome the 6-7 Chicago Bears to the Twin Cities this weekend.
Even though their record is decent, you never quite know who is going to start under center for the Bears on a week to week basis. Last week Mitch Trubisky had one of his best games in recent memory against the Houston Texans, so he should get the nod again this week. Whoever it is will face a tough test, since the Vikings defense has held two of its last four opponents to under 200 yards passing, including Tom Brady last week.
The Vikings are a high-powered offense led by RB Dalvin Cook. The team has surpassed 140 yards in the ground in two straight weeks and QB Kirk Cousins has thrown for 275 yards or more in four of the last five weeks. The last time these two teams faced off Cousins threw for close to 300 yards and two touchdowns in a win.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 20
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Bears: #15 Overall — #26 offense, #7 defense, #9 special teams
Vikings: #18 Overall — #11 offense, #12 defense, #31 special teams
DraftKings Sportsbook odds
Bears: +3.5, +150
Vikings: -3.5, -182
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Darnell Mooney, WR $3,900
The rookie out of Tulane has been a solid complement to Alan Robinson on the other side of the field and has emerged as the season has gone on. Assuming Trubisky can play half as well as he did against Houston, Mooney should see more opportunities coming his way.
Jimmy Graham, TE $3,100
Even though he’s getting up there in age, Grham has still been very productive this season. He has six touchdowns on the year, which is tied with Robinson for the most on the team by a non-QB. That includes one last week once Trubisky took over.
Justin Jefferson, WR $7,300
Cousins should be able to get back on track after a down week last time out. That will benefit his WRs, especially Jefferson, who has been fantastic as a rookie this season.
Kirk Cousins, QB $6,100
Cousins had a great day against this defense last time they played, I don’t expect that to change this time, especially now that the game is in Minnesota.