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Bears vs. Vikings, Week 17: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Bears vs. Vikings, Week 17: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

The Chicago Bears (7-8) will bring an end to the 2019 season Sunday at Minneapolis when they take on the Vikings (10-5) in a game that not long ago felt like it could be a duel for a playoff berth.

Instead, the Bears, losers of two in a row, are left fighting for nothing more than pride. Ending the season with a win and an 8-8 record will make the offseason easier to tolerate than losing three straight and finishing the year under .500.

The Vikings, on the other hand, are locked-in as the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs. A win over the Bears does nothing to change that. As a result, Minnesota is expected to sit most of their key starters, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, and are treating Week 17's finale as a bye week to get healthy for next weekend's wild-card round.

Even though the game seems utterly meaningless, it does represent four more quarters of talent and roster evaluation for general manager Ryan Pace. Most notably, quarterback Mitch Trubisky could be facing the most important game of his career. If he puts up a stinker, the calls for the team to find his replacement will only get louder.

Here are all the ways you can watch, listen and live stream what might be a pivotal moment in the Bears' quarterback situation.

Game Information

Minnesota Vikings (10-5) vs. Chicago Bears (7-8)

Date: Sunday, Dec. 29
Time: 12:00 p.m. CST
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, MN
TV: FOX

NBC Sports Chicago Coverage
Football Aftershow at the conclusion of the game

Announcers
Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

Stream

Stream on NFL Game Pass

Radio

WBBM 780 (Chicago) 

Satellite Radio

Bears feed: XM 805

Vikings feed: XM 227

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Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks wants out of L.A. It's no secret the Rams are trying to trade him, and he expressed his desire to be traded on Twitter on Friday.

The Bears have a need in their offense for a speed wide receiver, and Cooks has been one of the most explosive weapons at the position throughout his career.

Prior to last season's offensive meltdown in Los Angeles, Cooks recorded four-straight 1,000-yard seasons and averaged more than 15 yards per catch in three of those years. He's still only 26 years old and has plenty of juice left in his legs to offer his next team a similar level of production; he would be a dynamic complement to Allen Robinson and would round out Chicago's wide receiver corps.

And here's the thing: we know Ryan Pace loves his former Saints. He just rewarded Jimmy Graham with a two-year, $16 million contract despite a market that likely wouldn't have valued his services anywhere near that amount.

But Graham was one of Pace's guys from his days in New Orleans, and so is Cooks.

The Saints traded a first- and third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to move up for Cooks (they moved from No. 27 to No. 20 to select him). Pace was New Orleans' Director of Player Personnel at the time; his voice was a powerful one in the decision to acquire Cooks.

The biggest impediment to making a move for Cooks is his contract. He signed a five-year, $81 million deal with the Rams in 2018 and has a $16.8 million cap hit in 2020. With Robinson looking to break the bank on a contract extension in the coming weeks, it's highly unlikely the Bears will commit that much money to the wide receiver position. Any trade will have to include some kind of restructured contract or an agreement that the Rams carry a significant portion of Cooks' cap hit.

There's also the issue of compensation that the Bears could send to Los Angeles for a player as dynamic as Cooks. A trade would require at least one of Chicago's second-round picks. Maybe that's all it will take, but the Rams would be justified asking for more.

The dollars have to make sense and the compensation has to be appealing enough to get a deal done. But there's no doubt Pace is at least researching his options.

Cooks, unlike Graham, would be one of Pace's guys who Bears fans would welcome with open arms.

Bears land two potential starters in latest NFL.com mock draft

Bears land two potential starters in latest NFL.com mock draft

The 2020 NFL draft is less than four weeks away and now that the first wave of free agency is over, team needs have begun to crystallize.

For the Chicago Bears, that means youth at tight end and a starting-quality safety will be high on their draft wish list. According to Chad Reuter's latest NFL.com 2020 mock draft, the Bears check both boxes with potential starters in the second round.

At pick No. 43, Chicago adds LSU safety Grant Delpit, who prior to the 2019 college football season was considered by most draft analysts to be the most gifted defensive player not named Chase Young.

Delpit's final season with the Tigers wasn't the best for his draft stock. He lacked the splash plays that made him a household name last season, but he still displayed the kind of aggressive and fearless style that would make him a strong complement next to Eddie Jackson, who the Bears want to get back to playing centerfield. Delpit will slide to the second round because he's an inconsistent finisher, but he'd offer great value for a Bears defense that needs an aggressive run defender on its third level.

At No. 50, the Bears snag a potential starter at tight end in Purdue's Brycen Hopkins

Hopkins is a wide receiver in a tight end's body; he's everything Chicago's offense has been missing. Regardless of who wins the team's quarterback competition this summer, a player like Hopkins has the kind of playmaking ability to instantly become one of the early reads in the offense's passing game. 

With veterans Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton already on the roster, a player like Hopkins could be eased into the lineup with the expectation that he'd eventually become the primary receiving option at the position by the end of his rookie season.

Not a bad second-round haul. It's critically important that Ryan Pace hits on his second-rounders, too. The Bears' next pick doesn't occur until the fifth round, which is usually when special teams players and practice squad candidates are added.