Oh, how things can change in just two weeks.
The Vikings went to Chicago to play the Bears on Nov. 25 full of promise and hope. Coming off a convincing win over the Lions before their bye week, Minnesota was ready for a huge game against their division rival that could have tied them at 7-4 with the Bears.
It didn't happen.
In fact, other than Adrian Peterson, nothing good has happened for the Vikings since they beat the Lions on Nov.11. We won't go into detail on the two playoff-crippling losses at Chicago and Green Bay, suffice to say that when your quarterback puts up QBR ratings of 10.3 and 3.1 in back-to-back games, you've probably lost two in a row.
While the playoffs may be a pipe dream at this point, a win on Sunday at home in the rematch with the Bears is step one. Win this game and you're still alive. Lose and your playoff hopes are done and all the white noise of quarterback/coach/front office will only get louder than it already is.
Here are 10 keys to the Vikings bouncing back and beating the Bears on Sunday.