Vikings beat Chicago to clinch first-round bye

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A week before their October 9 game in Chicago, the Minnesota Vikings fell to 2-2 with a 14-7 home loss to the Detroit Lions, losing rookie running back Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL in the process. Both marks rank among the top 10 seasons ever by a Vikings wide receiver.

Newman, 39, has been in the National Football League long enough to see a shift in the importance of securing one of the top two seeds in a conference, which ensures a bye week and home field in the divisional round.

For one week, this isn't disgusting and it's promising if the Vikings win (which they should), the Vikings would get a bye over the Wild Card weekend, which would hopefully be enough time for Elflein to heal up.

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer says rookie center Pat Elflein will miss Sunday's game against Chicago because of a shoulder injury, his second missed start of the season.

Case Keenum threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, and Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and a pair of scores as the Vikings locked up the second seed in the NFC playoffs. "Preparation. how to carry yourself as a pro and just getting comfortable within this offense is probably the main thing (I've done)".

"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense".

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Mitchell Trubisky finished his rookie season with a turnover-free game, completing 20 of 36 passes for 178 yards.

"They're awesome", Keenum said of the defense. The Bears are 1-5 against each of their three NFC North foes under Fox.

"Defensively we have a lot of good players", Zimmer said. Stefon Diggs became the fastest player to reach 200 receptions. He had one reception for 1 yard in the game. Randy Moss and Cris Carter are the only ones ahead on either list.

But knowing the road to the Super Bowl over the past four seasons started with a first-round bye, he wants to make sure the Vikings handle a hoped-for week off the right way. Jeremiah Sirles is already replacing left guard Nick Easton, who broke his ankle in Green Bay.

Elflein was held out of practice all week and, if the Vikings lock up a first-round bye, could have three weeks between games.