Vikings offensive line in flux heading into final week of season

Oct 31 2016 Chicago IL USA Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is defended by the Chicago Bears players during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 31 2016 Chicago IL USA Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is defended by the Chicago Bears players during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Trubisky also took a safety in the second quarter on an intentional grounding call when Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph closed in on a sack in the end zone and he side-armed a throw between the two pass rushers. Both marks rank among the top 10 seasons ever by a Vikings wide receiver. They are the No. 2 seed in the conference for the first time since 2009.

The first time it seriously appeared like Fox's job was in danger was following that dismal 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in November, when the team's chief rival was an underdog without its best player (Aaron Rodgers) and still managed to win.

As long as this defense that entered the final regular-season game with the fewest points and yards allowed in the National Football League this season is intact, the Vikings will be all the more likely to stick around.

"I don't know if it's a good thing or bad thing", he said.

Multiple outlets reported general manager Ryan Pace was expected to be retained - he was hired shortly after Fox arrived - and lead the search for a new coach. The 13 wins are the franchise's most since 1998, when the 15-1 Vikings under Randall Cunningham and Brad Childress advanced to the NFC championship game.

The Bears finished the season with a 5-11 record, a two-game improvement over their 2016 campaign.

"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense". The offense went without a turnover for the second straight game.

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The Nittany Lions sacked Browning twice. "We went into the season not thinking we were going to be able to play in a bowl game ". Folks from Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Alumni Association gathered for a watch party at the River Grille near Wilkes-Barre.

"Defensively we have a lot of good players", Zimmer said.

"They're awesome", Keenum said of the defense.

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.

The Vikings will be without two starting offensive lineman on Sunday: center Pat Elflein and left guard Nick Easton.

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

Receiver Adam Thielen can increase his 2018 salary escalator by another $250,000 with five catches to reach 90 for the season.

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