The Vikings will use their seventh offensive line combination of the season Sunday. From there, Mitchell Trubisky fired thee straight incompletions, and on fourth down, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes broke up a touchdown pass to Dontrelle Inman with a nice play.
The Vikings' defense entered Week 17 holding opponents to a 26.3 percent conversion rate on third down, which is the best mark in the National Football League in the past 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Center Pat Elflein will not play, forcing Joe Berger to move from right guard to center.
The Vikings had fallen to 2-2 at the quarter point of the season, stinging from a 14-7 defeat at home by Detroit made possible by three lost fumbles and made worse by the season-ending ACL tear to running back Dalvin Cook's knee suffered that afternoon.
Two ingredients that help win championships are officially on the Vikings' side: a first-round bye and a dominating defense. Twelve weeks later, the Vikings flipped the script on Chicago's run game.
The Bears struggled mightily in the first half on offense, producing just one first down while rushing for minus-one yard on six carries.
The Bears didn't fold early despite being eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago.
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum took his share of hits and never quite found the rhythm in the passing attack he was able to establish in most of his starts this season, behind an offensive line that has shown some wear down the stretch as the injury list has increased.