The Bears simply can not keep Vikings defenders at bay, culminating in a safety of Mitchell Trubisky, who tried getting rid of the ball in the face of a relentless pass rush. On top of that, the Vikings will be without starting center Pat Elflein due to a shoulder injury against the Bears.
Newman, 39, has been in the National Football League long enough to see a shift in the importance of securing one of the top two seeds in a conference, which ensures a bye week and home field in the divisional round.
If the Vikings win Sunday, putting themselves two games from becoming the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium, there will be narratives proffered and platitudes breathed about the team's grand plan, what it saw in free agents like Keenum and Murray that no one else did.
"There are a few examples of that - like the Giants a year ago", Newman said, referencing when several NY receivers were spotted partying in Miami the Monday before they lost to the Green Bay Packers in a Sunday wild-card game.
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Keenum completed 17 of his 21 passes that night for 140 yards and a touchdown, and after Harrison Smith's late interception of first-time starter Mitch Trubisky, Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to give the Vikings a 20-17 win.
"We ended on a good note", Vikings defensive tackle Joseph Linval said.
The 15-year veteran cornerback doesn't want his message to overshadow what would be a 13-3 regular season, the Vikings' best record since their 15-1 season in 1998.
"They're awesome", Keenum said of the defense.
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That's just who John Fox is as a coach.
"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense". The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-10.
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.
Despite the Sunday's win, there was a calm in the Vikings' locker room.
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Receiver Adam Thielen can increase his 2018 salary escalator by another $250,000 with five catches to reach 90 for the season. Jeremiah Sirles is already replacing left guard Nick Easton, who broke his ankle in Green Bay.