Bears likely ousting John Fox at end of season, report says

Sunday’s season finale for the Bears in Minnesota is a chance for guys like Prince Amukamara to prove they’re worth keeping as the team rebuilds

The Vikings are bidding for their fourth season sweep of the Bears since 2000, although they could also receive a first-round bye if Carolina falls to Atlanta.

The Bears have missed the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 seasons and Fox recorded only three wins against NFC North teams entering Sunday's finale against the division champion Vikings.

Case Keenum threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, and Latavius Murray rushed for 111 yards and a pair of scores as the Vikings locked up the second seed in the NFC playoffs.

The first time it seriously appeared like Fox's job was in danger was following that dismal 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in November, when the team's chief rival was an underdog without its best player (Aaron Rodgers) and still managed to win. "Just to play my game, be a leader on this team and help the offense grow and get better, but we've got to find a way to have a chance to win at the end of games".

ABOUT THE BEARS (5-10): Rookie Mitchell Trubisky believes there is a night-and-day difference from when he made his National Football League debut against Minnesota in Week 5 until now. "They understand the system and what their responsibility is, and they play very, very hard", coach Mike Zimmer said.

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"This place is insane hard for teams to come in and play, especially with our defense". "Teams obviously know what we do and do well, that's why we have to go back to work this next week and refine the things that we've done and make sure we take a good look at ourselves as an offense and how we can attack this postseason run".

It marked the second time Callahan scored on the same trick play - but only the first time it counted.

"They're awesome", Keenum said of the defense. He had one reception for 1 yard in the game.

Receiver Adam Thielen can increase his 2018 salary escalator by another $250,000 with five catches to reach 90 for the season.

Right guard Joe Berger is expected slide over to start at center, opening up the possibility of right tackle Mike Remmers shifting inside to guard and Rashod Hill starting at right tackle. TE Kyle Rudolph, bothered by an ankle injury the past three weeks, wore a walking boot in the locker room after the game.

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