Vikings-Bears should be the battle of backups: NFC North laptop

There’s no reason to start for both Minnesota Vikings and Chicago bear should join their Week 18 match at Warriors Battlefield. Not available. Listen to me.

The bears have been and are being eliminated from the knockout match. The only thing left to play is the pride and development of the midfielder Justin’s Field. I whispered this sentiment last week in this same column, while fully acknowledging the Bears won’t do it, but Fields needs to sit. There is no meaningful development taking place at this time.

He is playing behind a partial attack, even if they look as healthy as they did in Sunday’s game. Ten Jenkins and Michael Schofield immediately went down, causing the Bears to try to take the lead again. The field then took seven sacks against lion newly established, and still very young, pass hastily. Fields has taken 15 bags in the last three games. He’s been fired 55 times this season, the most in the league, and in 27 games as the Chicago Bear, Fields has suffered 91 takedowns. Jay Cutler previously held the Bears’ single-season record with 52 sacks during his first year in Chicago in 2009. Fields has now replaced him.

Fields has battled multiple injuries this season, most recently injuring the AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder due to a tackle on the ball. With so much uncertainty ahead, Fields simply has to do too much work and it’s not worth it (and probably hasn’t been for weeks).

As far as development goes, for sure, you’d like to see him have more of a relationship with Chase Claypool, who is the mid-season addition will be here next year. Claypool has announced it will partner with Fields this season to achieve similar results, and aside from Claypool, the rest of the recipients available to Fields have no guarantee of being on the roster in 2023. Fields’ overall weapons are still limited. What can the reps and developers do with a limited supporting cast?

Now, on the Vikings side, they still have seeds to play against. They are currently the third seed in NFC but no seed and bye bye round one. That’s the important thing. Two or three seeds could be eliminated in a number of ways depending on what happens this weekend but is it really that much of a difference? I don’t think it’s enough to put the midfielder at risk of injury Kirk’s cousin.

Packers dismantle Vikings in Week 17

Nick Wright, Chris Broussard and Kevin Wildes discuss Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ victory over Minnesota Vikings in Week 17.

Vikings are at the center of their third chain, guard Chris Reed, who made many mistakes and had some miscommunication after Austin Schlottman’s defeat to Green Bay this Sunday. Head coach Kevin O’Connell stepped out and said Schlottman’s injury was very serious. Right tackle Brian O’Neill also suffered a calf injury during the game, which O’Connell also called “significant”. Garrett Bradbury are starting to practice again but they’re still in wait-and-see mode, which mostly rules him out in Week 18. Miraculously, the cousins ​​only took two sacks vs. packer but could not keep up with the rhythm due to lack of protection. Even with Schlottman involved, Cousins ​​beat the Giants four times in Week 16 and a massive seven loss to the Colts in their miraculous overtime comeback in Week 15.

Cousins ​​is doing too much when he should rest, along with most other beginners, as they prepare for his wild adventure.Match the card with whoever it ends up with.

Dan Campbell, The Lions are happy to play meaningful football in January

There is no giving up in Dan Campbell’s Lions. That was proven thanks to the mid-season change that was Detroit sit in 8-8 with legitimate hopes of post-season after starting the campaign with a 1-6 scoreline.

Their fate does not depend on them, unlike the Packers with similar achievements. Due to the draw of the conference, the Lions also need Eagle to lose Rams. But if nothing else, this season has proven that Detroit is over and they may have the invisible to make a real run for years to come.

“I think it’s important to get used to being here because that’s what you – this is where you want to be,” Campbell said Monday. “You want to be deeply involved in it, and you’ve always wanted the opportunity to be involved or have been in, and now it’s about seeding, everything I talked about last night, and so this has to be where we’re going. over there. And I think that’s very important because to get to this point, now, especially for a youth team in general… you look at the ups and downs of this season and the different teams including us. , all the hype one way or all goes down one way, and this team is wiped out, and they come back, this team is the best thing that’s happened in years, and now let’s look at their slides – it’s natural. It’s been like that for years, and you just have to be consistent, and just handle your business, going to work every week. You have to have a little luck. You can, but you have to be a resilient team, and I think that has to be part of your foundation, and that’s why we created this team.”

It’s not just been a good experience for the Lions, even if the Seahawks win and knock Detroit out before the Packers game, the Lions could be the ones to take down a similarly ranked opponent after the televised season. national figure.

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Carmen Vitali covers NFC North for FOX Sports. Carmen has made previous stops with The Draft Network and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She spent six seasons with the Bucs, including 2020, the title of Super Bowl Champion (and boat parade participant) to her résumé. You can follow Carmen on Twitter at @CarmieV.

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