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Chicago (7-8) heads to Minnesota (10-5) for their week 17 matchup to finish off the 2019 season. Minnesota is locked into the six seed after their week 16 loss to Green Bay, and Chicago has nothing to play for in their season finale. The Vikings are still unsure about resting starters, as of writing this. Mike Zimmer should consider doing so as this could keep starters fresh heading into a matchup that will most likely be the Saints in the first-round. Also, Chicago should consider not playing starters as well. With nothing to play for, it would be unfortunate if a key player was injured going into the offseason. This will keep players fresh for 2020, and potentially give them a better draft pick. Click here for more details and betting information on the Bears @ Vikings matchup this Sunday.
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bears: DT Akiem Hicks – Elbow (Q), WR Taylor Gabriel – Concussion (Q), T Bobby Massie – Ankle (Q), G Rashaad Coward – Knee (Q), DT Eddie Goldman – Concussion (Q)
Vikings: RB Alexander Mattison – Ankle (Q), RB Dalvin Cook – Chest (Q), MLB Eric Kendricks – Quadriceps (Q)
Chicago Bears Analysis
Chicago comes into this game trying to find something positive to finish their season on. The Bears rank 30th in points per game (17.3), and 31st in yards per play (4.7). Not much has gone right offensively, and there are huge question marks around Matt Nagy going into the offseason. The Vikings are holding teams to 18.8 points per game (8th), so this will be a tough matchup for an offense that hasn’t done anything this season. Last week, Chicago was held to three points against Kansas City. That was another meaningless game for the Bears, and the team didn’t put in much effort into that one. This makes it hard to see Chicago putting up much of a fight in the final game of the season. The only consistent player this season has been Allen Robinson, so look for him to get his targets.
Defensively, the Bears should still be able to limit the Vikings offense. Chicago has been holding teams to 18.6 points per game (6th), and 5.2 yards per play (10th). The Bears have had Minnesota’s number in recent years, and held the Vikings offense to six points and 222 yards in their first matchup in September. Kirk Cousins has struggled against Chicago since coming to Minnesota. Now, this week 17 game is different as both teams don’t have much to play for. Cousins has played better against teams above .500, but could struggle in a meaningless week 17 game. This a hard game to figure out for the Bears in terms of motivation. Chicago’s defense is clearly the best part of their team, but after last week they may not care.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Minnesota Vikings Analysis
Offensively, Minnesota has turned it around since their last matchup in Chicago. When the Vikings played the Bears in September, they were held to six points, and 222 yards of offense. Adam Thielen called out Cousins for his performance, and since then, the Vikings have gone 8-3. They’re averaging 25.9 points per game (7th) and ranked 10th in offensive efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. Now, Mike Zimmer is still deciding whether or not he’s going to rest his starters this week. He could play them for a half and sit them down as this game is meaningless in playoff seeding. With the lack of motivation for either side, the Vikings offense may not move the ball as affectively. Also, Chicago’s defense might want to end their season on a high note, as they’ve played for each other all season.
Minnesota has had an excellent year defensively as well. They’re holding teams to 18.8 points per game (6th), and rank seventh in defensive efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. Regardless, the Vikings should have no problem slowing down the Bears offense. Despite the loss to Chicago earlier this season, they held their offense to 16 points and 269 yards. Now, this game is meaningless to Chicago. The Bears may want to finish the season strong, but they haven’t showed the ability to run a consistent offense this season. They only scored three point against the Chiefs last week, so if they quit, then Minnesota should have no problem keeping them below their seasonal averages. The Vikings should be able to finish off their season with a win.
Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Stefon Diggs
This is a difficult decision this week as Chicago isn’t playing for anything and Minnesota is locked into the six seed in the NFC playoff picture. With the Bears not having much of a care in the outcome, and the Vikings still not sure about resting starters, there might not be much action going on in terms of fantasy this game. However, I believe Stefon Diggs should get a decent amount of action if the Vikings starters do play this game.
According to out Lineups projections, Diggs is projected to get 13.8 points this game. This isn’t the best for a number one, but could be a quality flex player to throw in on Sunday. Cousins should still find his top target in 2019, and should be able to hit double digits in a PPR league.