December 27, 2017 02:24 PM
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer met with reporters on Wednesday. The topic of getting a first round playoff bye dominated the conversation. Not surprisingly, Zimmer wants his team to take care of business Sunday vs. Chicago and not have to rely on others to get the weekend of January 6/7 off. As long as the Vikings win Sunday, they get to skip wild-card weekend.
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Zimmer also mentioned that quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) will practice next week, which leaves open the possibility he could be the backup to Case Keenum in the playoffs.
Also noteworthy at Winter Park Wednesday, safety Harrison Smith is the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Smith intercepted two passes and made seven tackles - five solo - as the Vikings shut out interstate rival Green Bay 16-0 on Saturday night.
Smith also had two pass breakups, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback pressure as the Vikings posted their first shutout since Dec. 5, 1993, at Detroit.
It's the first NFC Player of the Week award for Smith in his career, and the third player of the week honor for the Vikings this season. Everson Griffen also was named October Defensive Player of the Month and Case Keenum was named November Offensive Player of the Month.
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