Everything you need to know about the Week 18 game – plus the latest gossip about coaches Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace – Twin Cities


The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings were knocked out of the knockout stages entering Sunday’s season finale at US Bank Stadium.

But in what potentially his last game as the Bears coach, Matt Nagy still expects his team to do their best to end the season on a three-game winning streak.

The Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants after a defeat to the Vikings officially knocked them out of the playoff race.

“We all played to win the Super Bowl. That’s why we coach, that’s why we compete,” Nagy said. “The biggest challenge as a player, as a coach is to make sure that we maintain our obligation to do everything that we have been doing… and continue to fight like you will. do if you get the chance, and that’s what I’m proud of these guys.

“When adversity strikes and when things don’t go as planned, how do you react? Do you change? Do you treat people differently? Are you another head coach? Are you a different type of player? Because as they all say, it reveals your true personality. In the end, we all look back and say, ‘How did we react during a difficult time?’ I think everyone in this building can tell you, “We reacted pretty well.”

Veteran Andy Dalton will start in midfield after rookie Justin Fields has tested positive for COVID-19 in Week. Nagy says Nick Foles will be the backup. While Fields could technically have been testing a return to competition, Nagy pointed out that missed practice time on Thursday and Friday would be too much to go back to.

Dalton will try to end a challenging season with a high record.

He was the starter of the season before suffering a knee injury in Week 2. As he was recovering from his injury, the Bears switched to Fields as a permanent starter. Dalton returned to supplement the then-injured Fields in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions but injured his arm and groin and tested positive for COVID-19 in December.

He came back to beat the Giants last week with Fields out with an ankle injury.

“It went up and down,” Dalton said. “A lot has happened and a lot of things have not been expected at times, but it’s one of those things that you have to learn and grow from every experience you have and that’s just where I am. ”

Bears latest buzz

The Tribune’s Brad Biggs reported Friday that while Nagy is expected to be fired Sunday or Monday after the end of the season, public opinion surrounding the league is that the Bears could retain the general manager. director Ryan Pace in a number of roles.

Update story here.

Injury report

Aside from Fields being on the reserve/COVID-19 roster, defensive midfielder Akiem Hicks was the only Bears player to feature on Friday. Hicks has been dealing with an ankle injury and will miss his eighth game of the season.

Outer-back Robert Quinn (shoulder), Eddie Goldman (fingers) split and full-back Duke Shelley (heel) have been listed as questionable.

The Bears on Saturday raised wide recipient Dazz Newsome from the workout team. The selection for the sixth round of 2021 took place in two matches.

For the Vikings, Michael Pierce’s defense (illness) was questionable while Mackensie Alexander (ankle), Kris Boyd (rib) and Wyatt Davis (illness) were questionable. doubt.

Missed anything this week? Update before the last game of the season (noon, FOX). Everything you need to know about the Week 18 game – plus the latest gossip about coaches Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace – Twin Cities

Beth Allcock

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