Here’s some bad news for Philadelphia Eagles fans. The Vikings open as the favorites in their Week 17 game versus the Bears.
This next statement is a fact. Philadelphia Eagles fans are among the smartest in all of sports. With that being said, by now, it probably feels like an insult to your intelligence when you hear ‘The Eagles need to win, and then we need the Minnesota Vikings to lose to the Chicago Bears‘.
Here’s the bad news. You won’t stop hearing that between now and Sunday.
Here’s something else that you may want to mull over. According to Sportsbookreview.com, all of the odds makers see the Vikings as five-point favorites. The Vikes are at home, and they face a Chicago Bears team that doesn’t seem to have a ton to play for, but hold on for a sec boys and girls.
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What might we expect from the Bears on Sunday?
Here’s what we know about Matt Nagy. He’s one of those ‘big picture’ guys.
Had this been a game where there was nothing to play for, he wouldn’t have his starters in.
Remember that this is the guy that sat his starters for the entire preseason including the ‘dress rehearsal’, the third preseason game where teams normally play their first string for three quarters, but there’s a little something you may want to know about the second slate of games on Sunday evening.
Contrary to what some of you keep hearing, however, Chicago may want to show up for this one.
The Bears, at 11-4, are the projected 3rd seed in the NFC Playoffs, but the 12-3 Los Angeles Rams haven’t clinched a first-round bye yet either. The Rams host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17 while the Bears, as mentioned, travel to Minnesota.
Both Chicago and Los Angeles may want to give their best effort as the results of their games may determine who gets that extra week of rest and a Divisional Round home game.
Minnesota may get Chicago’s best effort, and if they do, that may bode well for Philly. How’s that for stirring things up a little?