The Minnesota Vikings (12-4) are going into the final week of the season half-cocked. Coming off one of their worst losses of the season and without one of their best players.

OT Brian O’Neil suffered a significant calf injury in their game against the Green Bay Packers. Which will not only sideline him for the final game of the regular season but into the postseason, depending how far the Vikings go.

They are already without backup C Austin Schlottmann (fractured fibula) with Garrett Bradburry (back) missing the contest. Likely meaning Chris Reed will start.

Oli Udoh, who took over for O’Neil, is slated to start this game at right tackle, who had a mixed performance at tackle. Going up against a Chicago Bears defense and a surprising recharge at edge rusher.

DL Trevis Gipson had a quietly productive season in 2021. Seven sacks, five forced fumbles and seven tackles for loss. Primarily as a rotational player.

Gipson had a hot start to the season with a two sack and five QB pressures performance against the Green Bay Packers in Week two. Quiet afterwards.

However, he has registered a sack, four pressures and a pair of QB hits in the last three games. Despite being for the majority of the season.

This majorly affects the Minnesota Vikings from a pass blocking perspective. The Bears will use a number of three or four down linemen formations. Gipson playing both as an edge and interior defender.

Whether he’s lining up outside or inside of the Vikings front five, Gipson is real threat. Especially since they have had no answer for pass rush since trading Robert Quinn.

The Vikings should still be favored with QB Justin Fields not playing but the offensive line is undergoing a restructure. At the worst possible time.

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