The Bears took care of business at home and have now won four in a row as they move forward on a short week on the road.
Chicago hasn’t won seven games before Dec. 1 since 2012 and have won more than six games for the first time since 2013.
Now the Bears have put themselves in the driver’s seat for the NFC North title and a playoff berth, but there is still plenty to play for.
Before we move on to the Thanksgiving Day game against Detroit, let’s look at the stars and the players who left a little something out there on the field Sunday.
For the record, Khalil Mack is being left off this list because his stock literally cannot go any higher. It’s also getting a lot more difficult to pick three stock down players every week, so it should be noted that those players aren’t necessarily awful, but just didn’t make a huge impact or had a couple of glaring errors.
Cody Parkey, K - It’s hard not to mention the Bears kicker, who bounced back from a tough game where he missed two extra points and two field goals. Sure he didn’t attempt an extra point, but his kicks were right down the middle, including the game-sealing 48-yarder with less than three minutes left, a clutch kick when it was needed.
Akiem Hicks, DE - After a couple of quiet weeks (for him), Hicks showed out on Sunday night. In weeks 7 to 10, Hicks had zero sacks, 10 total tackles, one TFL and two QB hits. Against Minnesota he had one sack, six tackles, five TFL and two QB hits.
Eddie Jackson, S - Jackson has turned in to a bona fide playmaker in the defensive backfield. He scored his second touchdown of the season on a great interception of Kirk Cousins that just about sealed the win for Chicago. Jackson has not only a knack for taking the ball away, but also coming up in big spots for the team.
Prince Amukamara, CB - Amukamara has been getting picked on the last couple of games, although that is to be expected for a No. 2 CB when the No. 1, Kyle Fuller, has been playing exceptionally well. Amukamara gave up two TDs, one to Diggs late, although he may have been expecting inside help and one to Aldrick Robinson.
Trey Burton, TE - I’m not going to say that Burton had a bad game, necessarily, because the Vikings are such a strong secondary, but he was MIA and had just one catch for nine yards. His best play, a 36-yard reception was called back by offensive pass interference on Anthony Miller.
Roquan Smith, LB - Smith didn’t have a terrible game, really. He was tied for second on the team with six tackles, but he missed a couple of key tackles and had a pass interference penalty. He just has to clean up his play.
Who stood out to you?