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 are the No. 2 seed in the conference for the first time since 2009.
For one week, this isn't frightful and it's promising if the Vikings win (which they should), the Vikings would get a bye over the Wild Card weekend, which would hopefully be enough time for Elflein to heal up.
The Vikings will start a third different center on Sunday against the Bears since starter Pat Elflein will miss his second game this season due to a lingering shoulder injury.
Keenum completed 17 of his 21 passes that night for 140 yards and a touchdown, and after Harrison Smith's late interception of first-time starter Mitch Trubisky, Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with 16 seconds left to give the Vikings a 20-17 win.
"I don't know if it's a good thing or bad thing", he said. The 13 wins are the franchise's most since 1998, when the 15-1 Vikings under Randall Cunningham and Brad Childress advanced to the NFC championship game.
In what could have been the final game for coach John Fox, who's 14-34 in three seasons, the Bears didn't cross midfield until the fourth quarter and totaled only 30 yards rushing.
Keenum said 13-3 had "a nice ring to it". The Vikings have even bigger fish to fry on Sunday, as they'll bid to secure a first-round bye with a victory over the visiting Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium.
"So I'm excited. I think this place is going to be rocking", Keenum said.
"There's a lot that we have in store as an offense, I think we can play a lot better", Thielen added. Stefon Diggs found the end zone in back-to-back weeks, but was limited to just one catch for four yards in the previous meeting with the Bears. Randy Moss and Cris Carter are the only ones ahead on either list.
Despite the Sunday's win, there was a calm in the Vikings' locker room.
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.