Bears vs. Vikings on Monday Night Football is finally here. While the Vikings have been eliminated from the playoffs, the Bears are sitting atop the NFC North at 9-4. After Green Bay's loss to the Patriots on Sunday night, the Bears are in a position to put a stranglehold on the division this evening.
The most intriguing storyline heading into this game was not Joe Webb or even Brett Favre, but the game's location. The Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed last weekend after a buildup of snow caved in the roof. On the off-chance you haven't seen video of the roof collapsing yet, check it out here.
The NFL and the Vikings scrambled to find a replacement site for the game, and the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium seemed to be the logical choice. Of course, Minnesota weather in December doesn't make for ideal playing conditions (unless you're running the Wing-T), and players have been complaining about the field's conditions all week.
On early Monday morning, light snow began falling in Minneapolis. Weather reports indicate there will be between 3''-5'' inches of accumulated snow by kickoff.
The Vikings will likely rely heavily on Adrian Peterson and their running game with Joe Webb, a rookie third string QB making his first start (er, check that. Brett Favre still get the start for the Viking tonight). If the Bears defense, characteristically strong against the run again this year, plays well, the Vikings should have little hope of winning tonight.