Bears running back David Montgomery dives for extra yardage during their game against the Giants Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. — Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com
Bears running back David Montgomery dives for extra yardage during their game against the Giants Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. — Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com

One final time in 2018, the Bears Insider staff share our predictions — Bears against Vikings, Sunday at noon at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis:

Hub Arkush (season record: 10-5)

How do you pick a game that means almost nothing to anyone, including most of the guys on the field? Who knows? I’m sure the Vikes would love to get the offense in rhythm for the playoffs but there’s no way Dalvin Cook or Alex Mattison see the field, maybe not Adam Thielen either, and considering Kirk Cousins has taken all but five snaps at QB this year, it might make sense to get Sean Mannion a few. The Bears should probably play everyone for one last look before offseason changes start, and a number of guys are playing for their futures in Chicago. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking for suffering Bears fans, but I’m sure their team would much rather be .500 than have a losing season, and they have owned Minny lately. I tossed a coin 5 times, and it came up Bears 3 of them. Bears 26, Vikings 20

Arthur Arkush (season record: 10-5)

Matt Nagy's Bears managed to stay undefeated against the Lions, because between two bad teams, they remained superior to Matt Patricia's club this season. That's not the case with Mike Zimmer's Vikings. Despite likely sitting many meaningful players as they look ahead to playing wild-card weekend, they'll still earn their first victory head to head against Nagy's Bears, who head into the offseason following one final listless showing on offense. Vikings 21, Bears 14

Sean Hammond (season record: 10-5)

What would be a fitting way to put an end to a mediocre Bears season? Assuming he even starts, Kirk Cousins' first win over the Bears in a Vikings uniform. The Chicago defense was dominant in the Sept. 29 matchup, but the Vikings have since figured out how to score points. Playing in the climate-controlled U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings will find a way to score enough to win. The Bears will start turning their attention to the offseason and 2020. Vikings 17, Bears 10

Barry Rozner, Daily Herald (season record: 7-8)

The Bears didn’t bother to show up last week, which wasn’t a surprise. They looked like a team with nothing to play for, a poor reflection on the head coach. What happens this week in Minnesota? In a battle between Mitch Trubisky and Kirk Cousins, I choose instead to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Here’s hoping 2020 brings you and your family good health and much happiness. Vikings 5, Bears 4

Joe Aguilar, Daily Herald (season record: 10-5)

Finally, it ends. Before the Bears play another football game (in 2020), this also needs to end: Matt Nagy calling plays, Mitch Trubisky starting at quarterback, backups committing costly penalties, practice-squad players posing as starting tight ends. The Bears' season ended two weeks ago in Green Bay. Sunday's finale in Minnesota against the playoff-bound Vikings only makes it official. Finally, something to cheer about. Vikings, 24 Bears 17