Punchless Bears Look to End Slump Against Vikings Monday Night
The Vikings and Bears have a lot in common starting with the fact that they have shared the same NFC North division for the past 59 years. In current times both teams have struggled to get reliable quarterbacking. For example, Minnesota acquired Kirk Cousins after losing the 2017 NFC championship game. Cousins was touted as the missing NFL betting piece to their championship puzzle. Instead the Vikings haven’t even made it back to the NFC title game since Cousins arrived. Two years ago, Mitch Trubisky quarterbacked the Bears to the NFC North title. Now he’s been riding the bench in failure as a backup to the mediocre Nick Foles.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
When: Monday, November 16, 2020, 8:15 p.m. ET
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Odds
Minnesota Vikings -2.5
Chicago Bears +2.5,
Over/ Under 45
On this occasion the Vikings figure to get strong consideration with the NFL odds. Cause by both team’s recent performance is the public thinking Minnesota. Sharps have also taken notice of the Vikings resurgence. And the Bears offensive woes are impossible to ignore.
Vikings Catch Fire After Bye Week
Last week the Vikings scored their second consecutive win and cover with the NFL lines. Minnesota beat Detroit 34-20 as 3-point home chalks as the game went over the total of 51.5. As a result, Minnesota is 3-5 straight up, 5-3 against the spread and 6-2 over the total. The Vikings have NFL metrics of 11th for offense and 12th for scoring. Defensively the Vikings rank 29th overall in the NFL and 25th for points allowed. Following the worst possible start to their season Minnesota has shown character in fighting back. Since returning from their bye the Vikings are a new team.
Bears Offense in Hibernation
Chicago lost at Tennessee Sunday 24-17 as 6.5-point road dogs as the game went over under the total of 46.5. The Bears are 5-4 straight up and against the spread with 3-6 under the total. Overall, the Bears have NFL rankings of 29th for overall offense and 28th for scoring. But defensively the Bears rank ninth in the NFL and seventh for points allowed.
Chicago suffered from two lost fumbles, one of which was run back for a TD, which proved to be the difference in Tennessee’s win. Quarterback remains a pro football betting issue with the Bears. Although Nick Foles had one of his better games last week throwing for 335 yards with two touchdowns and a 99.4 rating.
Vikings vs Chicago Bears Against the Spread
In all games the Vikings are 22-18 against the spread. Against NFC North rivals Minnesota has split 7-7 vs. the odds. As a dog the Vikings are 9-8 vs. the odds. And on the road Minnesota is 12-10 with the line. Minnesota is 20-21 to the under in their last 41 games. As a dog the Vikings are 8-9 under the total. Against NFC North rivals Minnesota is 6-8 to the under. And on the road the Purple Gang is 11-11 over and under.
Overall, the Bears have covered 21 of their last 41 games. As chalk Chicago is 11-13 vs. the odds. At Soldier Field the Bears have covered 12 of their last 21 outings. And against NFC North rivals Chicago has covered nine of their last 13 games. On the totals board Chicago has gone 17-24 under the total. At home the Bears are 7-14 to the under. As chalk Chicago is 11-13 under the number. And against NFC North rivals the Bears are 6-7 to the under.
In this head to head series the Bears have covered five of their last six meetings with the Vikings. Four of the last six games between these teams have one under the total. At Soldier Field the Bears have covered four straight games against the Vikings. Five of the last six games between these two rivals at Chicago have gone under the total.
Vikings vs Chicago Bears Prediction
Best Bet: Minnesota Vikings -2.5
In this situation the Vikings have the NFL gambling momentum. As mentioned earlier the Bears are not reliable chalk. Most important of all is the serious concern about the continued struggles of Chicago’s offense.