The Bears and Vikings Are Taking Radically Different Paths Toward Their Week 17 Clash

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The Bears and Vikings Are Taking Radically Different Paths Toward Their Week 17 Clash

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The Bears and Vikings are ships passing each other in the night.

Chicago’s vessel is heading in one direction, with Head Coach Matt Nagy essentially insisting on playing this one as if it matters:

For some, Sunday’s game will matter. At a minimum, it allows for one more opportunity to put some quality film on tape for next year. Players – whether they will be Bears or ex-Bears – would probably cherish any chance to put one more highlight on the reel for future reference. The same could be said for coaches, who could be scheming for a job in Chicago or elsewhere in football. Sure, the game is meaningless in the NFC North standings. But just because it might look meaningless on the surface, it does not mean it is meaningless for all.

Minnesota’s boat appears to be going the other way:

Judging by the tone of Head Coach Mike Zimmer, the reports from Minnesota appear to be accurate:

No matter the outcome of Sunday’s game agains the Bears, the home-standing Vikings will have a tough matchup in the first round of the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. So in that vein, I can understand why the Vikings seem OK with simply sitting this one out and treating it like a bye week.

Then again, didn’t they just treat their last home game against the Packers like one?

No? Wait … you’re telling me that’s just how Minnesota plays!

Well, now I’m even more ticked that this team somehow pieced together 10 wins to make the postseason. The Bears and every other NFC team that had championship aspirations entering this season should be ashamed they allowed this Vikings team to enter the postseason fray. For shame.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.