It’s time to make a pick on for the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 17 win-and-in tilt with the Chicago Bears. But first, a look at all of Zone Coverage’s Vikings content from the week.

How Brian O’Neill and Eric Wilson have taken advantage of their opportunities.

The similarities between Sunday’s game and Minnesota’s Week 17 situation in 2012.

How Linval Joseph has still made an impact despite posting fewer sacks and run stops.

On the importance, and difficulty, of establishing the run against the Bears.

An update on Mike Hughes’ knee rehab.

A debate between Sam Ekstrom and Luke Inman over whether playing the Bears twice in a row would be bad.

And the latest Zone Coverage Football Machine podcast.


This game means everything, for so many reasons. Can the Vikings salvage a season that nearly slipped away three weeks ago? Can Kirk Cousins justify his contract with a defining performance on a big stage? Can Mike Zimmer’s defense rise to the occasion with the season on the line?

A victory likely pairs the Vikings up with the Bears in the Wild Card round at Soldier Field, and that will no doubt be a monumental challenge. But playing at U.S. Bank Stadium is a different story. The Vikings have been nearly impossible to move the ball against in their home building, and Chicago may have little incentive to over-exert if they see that the Los Angeles Rams are taking care of business at the Coliseum.

The Vikings should win this game, and it could be in decisive fashion.

Vikings 24, Bears 10

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