Vik­ings (5-3-1)

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - BEARS -

Cur­rently the sec­ond wild-card team

The Vik­ings in­vested in quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins, be­liev­ing he was the miss­ing piece needed to get them over the hump af­ter reach­ing the NFC cham­pi­onship game last sea­son. They have won four of their last five, and it’s note­wor­thy that two of their losses came against the Rams and Saints. The Pack­ers and Li­ons are the only teams re­main­ing on the Vik­ings’ sched­ule cur­rently be­low .500. Coach Mike Zim­mer fielded se­ri­ous ques­tions about his de­fense through the first four weeks when it was al­low­ing more than 381 yards per game. In the five since, the Vik­ings have al­lowed fewer than 275 yards per game and set a fran­chise sin­gle-game record last week when they sacked Li­ons quar­ter­back Matthew Stafford 10 times. If the de­fense con­tin­ues to play at a high level, the Vik­ings will have a shot.

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