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Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings – Picks and Predictions
A NFC North rivalry will renew for the second time this season on Monday Night Football as the Chicago Bears (3-8) prepare to visit the Minnesota Vikings (6-5). Betting markets will be available at all online sportsbooks, including money lines, spreads, totals, and a range of props and betting promos.
Head-to-Head: Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings
The Bears and Vikings play frequently as division rivals; they last met in October of this season, when the Vikings won 19-13 in Chicago. Kirk Cousins – who threw the Vikings’ lone touchdown in that game – has long since had his season ended by an Achilles’ injury, leading to Minnesota starting Joshua Dobbs under center. Justin Jefferson may potentially return in this game after missing the earlier matchup with a hamstring injury. On the Bears’ side, quarterback Justin Fields hopes to enter his second full game since recovering from a thumb injury he sustained in the first matchup.
The Vikings have dominated the matchup in recent memory, with a 5-0 record and 4-1 record ATS against the Bears since the start of the 2021 season. They enter this game with the tenth-highest mark in yards per game (360.5) and the eleventh-highest in points (23.0), and they rank eighth in both categories over their last three games.
A key matchup to watch is the one between the Bears’ rushing offense, which ranks fourth in attempts (31.6) and yards (139.5) per game, against a Vikings defense that allows the seventh-fewest yards per game (94.0) and fourth fewest yards per rush (3.7). The Bears offense is substantially worse through the air, ranking 25th in the league in passing yards per game over both the season (184.4) and their last three games (175.0).
How to Bet on Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings
The Bears-Vikings game will have markets at all NFL betting sites – be sure to scout your available options to find the best odds, as well as any unique props or promotional offers. Additionally, make sure to keep up with the injury report, as both teams have key players mired in injury limbo who may or may not suit up on Monday.
Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Odds
- Money Line: Chicago Bears -+142, Minnesota Vikings -168
- Spread: MIN -3.5
- Total: o/u 43.5
Betting Tips for Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings
- The Vikings are 6-0 ATS through their last six games.
- The Vikings are 6-2 ATS in their last eight meetings with the Bears.
- The Over is 6-0 in Bears games this season when Justin Fields is healthy.
- The Under is 8-3 in Vikings games this season.
- The 1H Over is 8-0 in the Bears’ last eight road games.
- The 1H over is 13-6 in the Vikings’ last nineteen games.
Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Predictions
Every logical argument for the outcome of this game goes in the Vikings’ favor, especially if Justin Jefferson is able to play. Unfortunately for them, this is a division rivalry game – where nothing logical matters and lesser teams are known to spring upsets, as the Bears nearly did to the division rival Lions last week. The Vikings aren’t nearly the team that the Lions are in 2023, and will be far more prone to losing if the first 55 minutes of this game follow a similar script. The Vikings are fresh off a fourth-quarter loss in a primetime game as is, falling 20-21 to the Denver Broncos last week.
Again, check the injury report before doing anything bold in this game. Whether Jefferson and Akayleb Evans can play for the Vikings this week is significant, and we may not get clarity on either case until close to kickoff.
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings -3