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Vikings vs. Bears gives NFC North fans an interesting Monday night matchup

It’s an intriguing NFC North battle tonight as the Bears and Vikings, trending in opposite directions, try to jockey for position within the division.

NFL: SEP 29 Vikings at Bears Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers sit comfortably atop the NFC North at 7-2. With two games in hand in the loss column over the 5-4 Chicago Bears, the Packers look to be in good shape with seven weeks to go in the season.

Green Bay can get some help in extending their lead in the division tonight from another NFC North team, as the Bears host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Those Vikings are riding a two-game winning streak, following up their win at Lambeau Field two weeks ago with a victory over the Detroit Lions. Winning in Chicago tonight would give them a sweep of their division opponents over a three-week span, though they will play the Bears and Lions again in weeks 15 and 17, respectively.

A Vikings win would extend the Packers’ lead over Chicago to 2.5 games, but it also would keep Minnesota in position to make a run at a playoff spot. Chicago, meanwhile, would still be on the outside looking in at a playoff spot even with a win, thanks to the NFC South and West divisions having a total of five teams with three or fewer losses each.

Tune in tonight to see if Chicago can hold serve at home or if the Vikings — who are actually favored by a field goal coming into this game — can pull out a victory in a stadium where they traditionally have trouble.

WHO?

Minnesota Vikings (3-5) vs. Chicago Bears (5-4)

WHEN?

Monday, November 16, 2020
7:15 PM Central Time (8:15 PM Eastern)

WHERE?

Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois

HOW?

TV Broadcast: ESPN
Commentators: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters
Radio Broadcast: Westwood One Sports
Sirius/XM: 88
Online Streaming: ESPN+