"Before you know it", Callahan said,", "I'm already approaching the end zone wth one blocker guiding me throughout". With the Patriots last season, Floyd said coach Bill Belichick gave his team only two days off during the bye.
Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown from Case Keenum for the Vikings (13-3), who reached 13 wins for only the second time in the history of the 57-year-old franchise after holding a second straight opponent without an offensive touchdown.
If there were concerns raised on Sunday or by the last three games, it is that the Vikings haven't had to play a good team since they lost at Carolina on December 10, and haven't beaten a good team since they were in Atlanta on December 3. The Bears are 1-5 against each of their three NFC North foes under Fox. Fellow running back Latavius Murray stepped in for flashy rookie Dalvin Cook and had 12 carries for 31 yards before slowly taking the reins in the backfield.
In what could have been the final game for coach John Fox, who's 14-34 in three seasons, the Bears didn't cross midfield until the fourth quarter and totaled only 30 yards rushing. He leaped to his feet and veered left past the confused Vikings and untouched for the score.
A loss that night would have left the Vikings tied for third place in the division, before a home game against the 4-1 Packers.
It was a Dave Toub Special - called by the Bears special teams coach, Jeff Rodgers - and it went for a 59-yard touchdown. Jeremiah Sirles started at left guard for Nick Easton, who will miss the playoffs because of a broken ankle.
The Minnesota Vikings all-time single-season receiving list now goes like this: Cris Carter, Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Cris Carter, Adam Thielen, Cris Carter, Cris Carter.
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.