The Bears are playing in Minnesota tonight…outdoors. Tonight’s forecast at kickoff is a high of 26 degrees, a low of 14 degrees (not including wind chill) with a 90% chance of precipitation.
Third string QB/WR Joe Webb is scheduled to start for the Vikings tonight, who are playing a home game outdoors for the first time 29 years. Webb was a sixth round pick in last April’s draft, and has only had six touches (five pass attempts, one rush) in his NFL career.
Things are so bad at QB for the Vikings, they promoted R.J. Archer from their practice squad to the active roster (to take the spot of G Steve Hutchinson, after he was placed on IR today).
Furthermore, the Vikings may sign Giants practice squad QB Rhett Bomar, and fly him to Minnesota in time for tonight’s game.
And of course, it wouldn’t be normal Vikings analysis without mention of Brett Favre. The Vikings upgraded Favre from out to questionable today, because his medical status changed. So basically, he will probably end up starting, somehow.
Be that as it may, the Bears can win the NFC North with a victory tonight. Chicago (9-4, 5-1 road) figures to beat Minnesota (5-8, 4-3 home), no matter who is under center for the Vikings.
Yes, the Vikings have a healthy Percy Harvin, a healthy Sidney Rice and a determined defensive line. Still, the Bears are winning football games, and have been doing so quite convincingly (despite last week’s loss to New England).
Chicago is a seven point favorite on the road, and are used to playing in sub-zero temperatures and nasty weather.
I can’t believe I’ve gotten to this point, but I think the Bears win, and win handily.
But that’s why they play the game, I suppose.
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