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

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This is effectively an elimination game

The loser of the matchup in Week 15 at U.S. Bank Stadium will have the smallest of smidgens to cling for playoff hope. Mathematically, the percentage dips to less than one percent for the team that loses. The triumphant team will immediately see its playoff probability climb to north of 50 percent if the Cardinals lose to Jalen Hurts’ Philadelphia Eagles. Should the Cardinals defeat the Eagles, the winner of the Vikings-Bears will tread playoff water heading into Week 16.

Those are the stakes. The winner rolls on with tangible playoff aspirations while holstering an anti-Carindals attitude. The loser can rest its injured players the rest of the way because mathematics say that’s a wrap.

Both teams are extraordinarily thankful that Arizona lost three out of four games after the Hail Murray moment in November. That enabled the Vikings and Bears to stay alive. Now, Minnesota and Chicago will partake in a division game to decide who is worthy of another round of defacto playoff football in December.