The Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1) are prepared to go head-to-head against the Chicago Bears (11-4) on Sunday.
The game will be held at the home ground of the team – the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Vikings need to seal their victory against the Chicago team in order to secure their position in the playoffs.
In the wild-card round, they would also possibly have a rematch with their Chicago opponent at the Bears’ Chicago home field, Soldier Field, on January 5 or 6.
However, if the Minnesota team gets defeated on the upcoming December 30 game, it is still possible for them to maintain their post-season position for the third time in four seasons.
This could happen through a win against the Super Bowl champion, the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7).
Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins achieved a 100.4 passer rating, landing him the eight spot in the National Football League (NFL).
Moreover, he has achieved the seventh-highest total in the NFL by throwing for 4,166 yards in total.
With 23.3 points per match and 16th in scoring as well as an average of 357.7 via 15 matches, the offense of the Vikings is on the 17th position in the NFL in total yards per game.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is confident that his team would win on Sunday’s game. He confirmed that it all does not depend merely on their quarterback.
He mentioned several factors that could help them accomplish their goal. His players have considerable “pride and character” which could help them in winning, he affirmed.
Moreover, Zimmer said that the home fans would boost their motivation to fight the Bears.
Overall, the whole football team who has the necessary fighting spirit would help them attain their victory aim, he said.
The Chicago Bears are a formidable opponent of the Vikings. Aside from an NFL playoff position cemented, the team has already sealed the National Football League (NFC) North post.
By winning the game against the Vikings and defeating the Los Angeles Rams (11-3), the Bears can clinch the number two seed in the NFC.
During the November 18 match, the Bears beat the Vikings 25-20 at Soldier Field by building up the momentum from the advance that they made earlier on in the game.
The Minnesota team certainly has to give their best during their upcoming face-off, mindful of the Bears being a stiff challenger. This season, the Vikings are 5-2 at the US Bank Stadium.
Moreover, it is 17-6 in three seasons at the venue. On the road, the Bears is 4-3.
The Vikings have been the best in the NFL this season, with the defense holding opponents with a conversion rate of 28.2 percent on third downs.
The team has also allowed merely 25 touchdown drives this year which is the fewest in the NFL. With 23 on record last season, the Vikings also permitted the fewest NFL touchdown drives.
Zimmer will end with a winning record regardless of the results of Sunday’s game.
This would provide him three such NFL seasons and promoting him into the fourth spot in that group among the Vikings head coaches.