Chicago Bears Not Feeling Minnesota

Matt ShafferContributor IDecember 18, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 15: Heavy machinery removes snow from the field as TCF Bank Stadium prepares for a potential monday night football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on December 15, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Preparations are due to the collapsed roof at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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Earlier this week, Bears Linebacker Lance Briggs was complaining to reporters about having to play outside against the Vikings. Briggs' argument against having the game played at TCF Bank Stadium was that he was worried about a concussion with the field being frozen.

To me, this is being overlooked.

Before the Metrodome, the Vikings played their games in Metropolitan Stadium, an outdoor stadium. This posed a huge psychological advantage for opposing teams.

In the twenty years (1961-1981) that the Vikings played at the Met, they made the playoffs 11 times. Had it not been for the Vikings being an expansion team, they would have made it a few more times in that span.

All I am saying is this: If the Vikings do build a new stadium in Minnesota, make it outdoors.

Back in the 60's and 70's football players were all as tough as nails and the game itself was a lot meaner and grittier back then than it is today. Most players today are diva's and soft. If you think that it was an advantage then, just think about how much more of an advantage it would be today?

The results of Monday night's game are insignificant. You have a rookie, Joe Webb, making his first career start and numerous players are hurt, but I guarantee that if the Vikings built an outdoor stadium and a team that fit the weather, they would be in contention year in and year out.