Vikings Avoid NFC North Basement And Sweep In Victory Over Bears


The Minnesota Vikings avoided being the last place team in the NFC North by defeating the Chicago Bears in their season finale on Sunday.

The showdown between the Bears and Vikings represented a battle for the NFC North, but not the same way that the other teams in the division were fighting.  While the Packers and Lions were fighting for a first round bye and first place in the NFC North, the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears were battling to stay out of the NFC North Basement.

Some fans seemed disappointed that the Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 13-9 in the week 17 contest because it hurt the team’s draft position.  Instead of drafting around the #8 position, the Vikings will instead be picking around #11.  Personally, I see that as a small price to pay to beat a division team, send them to last place in the division, and a avoid a sweep by the NFC North teams.

Dec 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bear fans wear paper bags over their heads in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings win 13-9. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Following the results of the game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, here are the final division standings:

  1. Green Bay Packers  12-4
  2. Detroit Lions  11-5
  3. Minnesota Vikings  7-9
  4. Chicago Bears  5-11

Considering everything that has happened with this Minnesota Vikings team, ending the season with a 7-9 record isn’t that bad.  It’s an improvement on last season’s 5-10-1 record and brings them out of the division basement.

Now, it’s time to look forward to free agency and the draft for the Minnesota Vikings.  But, in the meantime, we can enjoy some playoff football and a Super Bowl even if the Vikings aren’t in them.

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