Does Playing In An Outdoor Stadium Mean the Bears Will Blow Out the Vikings?

There’s some weird shit going down up there in the land of 10,000 lakes. Consider…

  • Exhibit A: The preseason, Super Bowl-favorite Vikings have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.
  • Exhibit B: Brett Favre is probably done throwing footballs in a purple uniform…leaving the Vikes’ offense in the (smallish) hands of Tavaris Jackson.
  • Exhibit C: Leslie Frazier, the former Super Bowl XX winning Chicago Bear, is the Vikings’ lame-duck coach.
  • Exhibit D: The Norsemen, who’ve played in the cozy confines of an indoor stadium for three decades, will now be forced to play a home game – that means absolutely zilch to them – outside in sub-10-degree temperatures.

Smells like the perfect ingredients for a Bears blowout, right?

In the aftermath of Sunday’s collapse of the Metrodome roof, the Vikings have announced their MNF ‘home’ game with the Bears has been moved to someplace called TCF Bank Stadium, home of the equally forgettable Minnesota Gophers. Considering the exhibits above, I’d be shocked if Minnesotans filled half of the 50,000-seat stadium. This is obviously good news for the fellas in blue and orange.

But Monday’s clash will be the second consecutive bad weather game for the Bears, who are still thawing out from the 29-point beatdown at the hands of the Patriots. A victory over the Vikes coupled with a Packer loss to the Patriots on Sunday means the Bears could be toasting to a division championship into the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

But if a football game is played outside in Minnesota in late December and no one is there to see it, will it really count in the standings?

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