Bears - Vikings: And so the winner is...

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Bears - Vikings: And so the winner is...

First, the requisite accountability. This is how I saw this game and the Bears record as of the second Minnesota game:

At Minnesota Vikings (3-13) Sun., Dec. 9, noon

Analysis: The Vikings didnt get that much better in two weeks.

Result: W (10-3)

Obviously the record is now a touch off, owing to the combined 192 total yards allowed on those last two drives in the Seattle game (the Seahawks TD drives were 97 and 80 yards, but they also overcame 10- and five-yard penalties to sustain those drives, hence the added length).

The fact is that the Vikings havent gotten that much better in two weeks. Minnesota lost to Green Bay despite Adrian Peterson rushing for 210 yards.

A concern, though, is that the Bears have not held a team to fewer than 100 yards rushing since they bracketed the run-challenged (more than just run, actually) Detroit Lions six games ago.

But while immense attention is understandably focused on the Bears defensive issues without Brian Urlacher and Tim Jennings, the Vikings quietly have not held a team to fewer than 20 points in their last five games, four of them losses. Granted only one of those (Tampa Bay) was in the Vikings home venue, where quarterback Christian Ponder is 5-1 this season.

The Vikings have taken immense steps under coach Leslie Frazier this season and they settled their left-tackle question (Matt Kalil, No. 4 overall) in the draft, something the Bears will look to do in their next time on the clock.

But the Bears slowed the Minnesota pass rush with simple, solid game-planning in the 29-10 win on Nov. 25. The dome is a huge Vikings aid unless the Bears stay in second- and third-and-manageable with the run game. Best guess: They will. And Lovie Smith takes the three points every time this week.

Bears 23 Vikings 20

Check back with me during the game via BearsPulse at CSNChicago.com where I'll do in-game reporting via Twitter (@CSNMoonmullin). E-talk to you then.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Will more dominoes fall after Adam Eaton trade?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Will more dominoes fall after Adam Eaton trade?

In the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, CSN's Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with White Sox GM Rick Hahn following the trade of Adam Eaton to the Nationals, which brought more top prospects to the South Side. Will more dominoes fall as the Sox go into a full rebuild?

Hahn says they expect to compete for championships within five years! Chuck also chats with new manager Rick Renteria, who tells us what he hopes to get out of his club in 2017 and beyond.

Plus, Insider Dan Hayes and Siera Santos join the crew to breakdown the timeline of getting some of these new pieces to the major leagues.

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:

Morning Update: White Sox ship Adam Eaton to Nats; Cubs acquire Wade Davis for Jorge Soler

Morning Update: White Sox ship Adam Eaton to Nats; Cubs acquire Wade Davis for Jorge Soler

Five Things to Watch: Bulls try to snap skid against Spurs on CSN

White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nationals for Lucas Giolito, two others

Why Cubs felt like they had to trade Jorge Soler now

Much-needed face lift has vastly improved White Sox farm system overnight

John Fox, Vic Fangio nix report of rift in Bears coaching ranks

How Cubs convinced themselves Wade Davis would be worth the health risk

Chris Sale: Trade from White Sox 'bittersweet,' ready to move on with Red Sox

Blackhawks: Dennis Rasmussen's defensive roots run deep

White Sox manager Rick Renteria won't be fazed by rebuild

The second-guessing follows Joe Maddon from World Series to winter meetings