4 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears – Week 17

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Win or lose, Minnesota will be playoff bound

At the very least, 2018 has been one of the most memorable years in the Vikings’ history as a franchise. Minnesota has experienced a number of highs and lows during the past 12 months and yet, they’re still are sitting just one win away from locking up a playoff berth.

Finding a way to defeat a talented Bears team is certainly not going to be an easy task for the Vikings on Sunday. But it is definitely something Minnesota can accomplish.

But even if they don’t get a victory over Chicago this week, the Vikings should still be able to sneak into the playoffs.

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Minnesota can still clinch a postseason berth on Sunday with a loss if the Philadelphia Eagles also end up losing their road matchup against the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins are no longer in the playoff picture this year, so they will be playing the role of spoiler on Sunday against the Eagles, their NFC East rival.

Even with the fact that Washington is currently on their fourth starting quarterback of 2018, this week’s game is no gimme for Philadelphia. Especially since it’s a divisional matchup, which always seem to be unpredictable in the NFL.

With nothing left to play for this season, the Redskins won’t be afraid to take some risks on Sunday and it will lead to them getting an upset win over the Eagles. Meaning the Vikings will have a spot in this year’s playoffs no matter what the result of their matchup with the Bears ends up being.

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