The Bears expected the Williams Wall to crumble at least two weeks ago, after their trip to the Metrodome Nov. 30, but the StarCaps case involving Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams is caught up in court with no resolution in sight until the offseason.
But Pat Williams, the run-stuffer of the bunch, will sit out after all. He suffered a fractured scalpula in Sunday's win at Arizona and according to our good friends at the Star-Tribune, he will miss two to six weeks.
That could be a serious blow to the run defense. The Vikings are hosting Atlanta and the New York Giants to close the season, and the Falcons and Giants are 1-2 as the league's top rushing attacks. Still, the Bears must win out and have Minnesota swept in order for them to win the NFC North. For what it's worth, and for those who are interested in this kind of thing, the Vikings are a three-point favorite over Atlanta.