Vikings Fall For A Bears Trick Punt Return

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According to ESPN.com , Fox won't be returning to Chicago next season.

They beat the Chicago Bears 23-10 on Sunday afternoon, limiting Chicago to 201 yards on offense. Minnesota will have an extra week to work on them before opening the playoffs at home.

With the defeat, the Bears finished the 2017 season with a 5-11 record and an 0-6 mark against division opponents Minnesota, Detroit and Green Bay.

Over the past three games, the Vikings held the Bears, Packers and Bengals to a combined 17 points and six third-down conversions. Since the start of the 2016 season, Murray has 20 rushing touchdowns, which ranks second in the National Football League behind Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott (22). The Vikings scored on their first possession, thanks in part to Eddie Goldman's 15-yard roughing the passer penalty to extend the drive on a third-down incompletion. He also gave up a safety. Fox believed his team to have a dominant rushing attack; with three backup offensive linemen in the starting lineup Sunday, the Bears ran for -1 yard in the first half. The Vikings increased their lead to 16-7 when Mitchell Trubisky was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone while under heavy pressure from defensive tackle Linval Joseph. There's a good chance the Vikings will play a team they have seen before.

Matt Ryan at Super Bowl LI Media Day
Matt Ryan at Super Bowl LI Media Day

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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. His first season in Chicago was his best, with a 6-10 record. The entire Bears return unit acted as if Ryan Quigley's punt was headed toward Tarik Cohen to their right when it actually was going to the opposite side of the field to Callahan.

Minnesota's starting offensive linemen were together for roughly 12 minutes in Week 16 for the first time since October 9.

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