The Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1) have a clear mission this afternoon against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis; win, and they are in the playoffs.

If the Vikings lose today, they can still reach the post-season with a loss by Philadelphia to Washington.

NFC North Standings

  1. Chicago Bears (11-4) *clinched division
  2. Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1)
  3. Green Bay Packers (6-8-1)
  4. Detroit Lions (5-10)

When the two teams met back in Week 11 in Chicago, the Bears defeated the Vikings 25-20.

Linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring), fullback C.J. Ham (elbow), punt returner Marcus Sherels (foot), and receiver Chad Beebe (hamstring) are all listed as out for today's game.

The Vikes are 5½ point favorites.

The game is set to kickoff at 3:25 pm CT. (TV: FOX, RADIO: 1240 AM WJON.)

Skol Vikings!

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