The Bears have clinched a playoff spot and a first round home game, but they have no intention resting their starters.
Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy said in a Dec. 24 press conference the team will “treat [the Vikings] game like every other game all year long.”
The Bears can get a first round bye with a victory against the Vikings, and a Rams loss to the 49ers. The Vikings can also be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose and the Eagles win.
Nagy said certain circumstances could change the way he uses his players, such as a Rams blowout lead at half time. Nagy did not say how large a Rams’ lead would need to be to rest his starters.
“We’re going to win this football game. I don’t want our players or coaches thinking any different,” Nagy said.