As the Vikings prepared for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears at noon, there was a relaxed confidence around Winter Park this week - the kind that typically follows a team that knows what it wants and how to go get it.
"It's definitely nice to get those 13 wins", Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs said.
Trubisky also took a safety in the second quarter on an intentional grounding call when Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph closed in on a sack in the end zone and he side-armed a throw between the two pass rushers.
"There are a few examples of that - like the Giants a year ago", Newman said, referencing when several NY receivers were spotted partying in Miami the Monday before they lost to the Green Bay Packers in a Sunday wild-card game. "They understand this system and what their responsibility is and they play very, very hard". He failed, however, to guide the Bears (5-11) across the goal line despite 11 plays from the 10-yard line or closer in the fourth quarter.
Mitchell Trubisky finished his rookie season with a turnover-free game, completing 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards.
The Bears have missed the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 seasons and Fox recorded only three wins against NFC North teams entering Sunday's finale against the division champion Vikings.
"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense".
"There's a lot that we have in store as an offense, I think we can play a lot better", Thielen added.
"They're awesome", Keenum said of the defense. Minnesota was dominating on defense, as has become the calling card of these Vikings, holding Chicago to 201 yards of offense-most of it in the second half when the result was no longer in doubt. Chicago was without regular offensive linemen Bobby Massie and Josh Sitton.
Callahan, who had stood up, was the one who actually caught the ball, at the left hash, and slid to the ground.
Elflein was held out of practice all week and, if the Vikings lock up a first-round bye, could have three weeks between games.
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