5 things to know about the Vikings and Bears for Week 15

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What are some stats to know about the Minnesota Vikings matchup with the Chicago Bears in Week 15?

Although it is not the second weekend in January, the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears will square off in a diet playoff game this Sunday. The teams have identical records at 6-7, and this game will have heavy postseason implications for the victor.

The Vikings and Bears arrived at 6-7 in totally different manners. Chicago began blistering hot in the win column with a 5-1 record through six weeks. Quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles effectively split time at the position and — per usual — the Bears defense was fearsome.

In a Week 3 game at Atlanta, the Bears were upside down on the scoreboard and opted to bench Trubisky for Foles. That would later be deemed a strange decision as Foles accompanied Chicago to a season faceplant. Trubisky later regained his starting gig when Foles was injured.

Unlike the Bears’ impressive 5-1 sprint to start 2020, the Vikings flopped to a 1-5 record in mid-October. Alarm bells rang out all over the place, and the bye week served as mercy. After some soul-searching, Minnesota toppled the Packers on the road and then ultimately won five out of seven games.

That’s how the teams traveled to 6-7. And, here we are. Green Bay has wrapped up the NFC North and is fighting for a first-round bye. The Vikings and Bears have eyes glued to Arizona Cardinals games, a team that resides at the NFC’s seventh playoff seed.

Let’s have a look at a few things to know about this matchup between the Vikings and Bears matchup.