It's going to be hard for the Bears to move up in the standings and earn a bye. Prior to Week 16, when Philadelphia upset the Houston Texans to stay alive in the Wild-Card race, Pederson told reporters he'd spoken with Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich, the team's former offensive coordinator, about the AFC South leaders.
Credit Bears coach Matt Nagy for setting the proper tone. The only way the Bears could improve upon their No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs was if the Rams lost to the 49ers at home. It had its fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season last week against Detroit, with no turnovers.
The next time the Vikings offense took the field, they tried to run on their first play. However, the Bears beat the Vikings 25-20 earlier this year at Soldier Field.
"I really put it behind me", Trubisky said.
"We'll have to do the best we can do to hold up and protect the football", Cousins said. "I didn't even consider it illegal or anything malicious of that nature".
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Remember that nasty hit by Vikings' safety, Harrison Smith?
Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. If, and only if that happens, the Bears could jump to the no. 2 seed with a win over Minnesota. Despite it sidelining Mitch Trubisky for two games, the Bears quarterback says he doesn't dwell on the past, and definitely won't be thinking about it heading into Sunday's game.
Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray combined for only 18 rushing yards on 13 attempts.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was then asked Wednesday for his reaction to Pederson's comments, and he was either mildly displeased or emphatically apathetic, per the Star Tribune. The Vikings have blocked better in the past two games, and the improvement down the stretch by rookie right tackle Brian O'Neill has been particularly visible. "He's just such a good athlete". They'll be the No. 6 seed after beating the Redskins 24-0 to win their third-straight game.
The scenarios are simple if the Eagles beat Washington, and the Chicago Bears beat or tie the Minnesota Vikings, the Birds will clinch the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC.
"Our team feeds off the crowd and what they bring", Cousins said.