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.
The Vikings haven't allowed the fewest yards in a season since 1993 or the fewest points in a season since 1971. They are the No. 2 seed in the conference for the first time since 2009.
When the playoffs start, the Vikings will be familiar with numerous teams they will likely face in two weeks, including Carolina, Los Angeles and New Orleans. It would be a major shock at this point if Fox did return to be the Bears' coach, and this 14-33 stretch with one game to go could be his last go-around as a head coach in the NFL.
And Latavius Murray notched his second 100-rushing yard day with the Vikings, a 20-111-2 effort as part of Minnesota's 147-yard day. "Teams obviously know what we do and do well, that's why we have to go back to work this next week and refine the things that we've done and make sure we take a good look at ourselves as an offense and how we can attack this postseason run".
The 13 wins by the Vikings is the second-most in team history for the regular season, trailing just the 15-1 mark in 1998.
Keenum said 13-3 had "a nice ring to it".
"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense".
The Bears have missed the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 seasons and Fox recorded only three wins against NFC North teams entering Sunday's finale against the division champion Vikings.
"So I'm excited. I think this place is going to be rocking", Keenum said.
"Defensively we have a lot of good players", Zimmer said. Stefon Diggs found the end zone in back-to-back weeks, but was limited to just one catch for four yards in the previous meeting with the Bears.
Despite the Sunday's win, there was a calm in the Vikings' locker room.
"It's a box that we checked", Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said.
Right guard Joe Berger is expected slide over to start at center, opening up the possibility of right tackle Mike Remmers shifting inside to guard and Rashod Hill starting at right tackle.