MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings started the week in a sour mood. They lost 23-10 to rival Green Bay after a rough performance by their offense, allowing the Packers to celebrate as NFC North champions in their home stadium. This week, the Vikings have the chance to get back on track when they wrap up the regular season against the Chicago Bears. The question, though, is how much their starters will actually play. Coach Mike Zimmer and his staff must weigh the merits of taking a healthy team to the playoffs against the need to create some momentum going in.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ (AP) — Under first-year coordinator Chuck Pagano, the Chicago Bears defense hopes to finish strong Sunday after a disappointing season based on the unit’s past production. Even star pass rusher Khalil Mack and a secondary laden with former Pro Bowl players couldn’t change their fortunes as the Bears go into their finale at Minnesota with a 7-8 record.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan are scheduled for season-ending right shoulder surgeries on Friday. The 34-year-old Seabrook also will have surgery on his right hip in January and left hip in February. He is under contract through the 2023-24 season at an average annual value of $6,875,000. The last-place Blackhawks placed Seabrook and de Haan on long-term injured reserve, freeing up significant space under the salary cap.