Vikings vs Bears Odds and Football Betting Preview
The Minnesota Vikings were expected by most people to win the NFC North division this season, but instead of the Green Bay Packers, they seem to have gotten a rather unexpected challenge this season from the Chicago Bears, who are actually the leaders going into this week’s action. The winner of Sunday night’s game will certainly be the first place team; the contest has been slated for 8:20 PM ET at Soldier Field in the Windy City.
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Vikings vs Bears Odds:
In the Sunday night NFL betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at VietBet, the Bears are favored at home:
Chicago Bears -2.5
Minnesota Vikings +2.5
Over 44.5 points -110
Under 44.5 points -110
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Vikings vs Bears Odds – CJ’s Take
After a 1-2-1 start, the Vikings have won four of their last five games. The latest effort was a 24-9 win over Detroit, in which they recorded six sacks of Matthew Stafford. Things like that are not a coincidence, as Everson Griffin has returned to the lineup. But the Bears get some pressure too, so it becomes a matter of which quarterback – Kirk Cousins or Mitchell Trubisky – is able to make decisions quicker.
Chicago has let a couple of games slip away, like an overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins and that season opener, when they allowed Aaron Rodgers to bring the Packers back with three fourth quarter touchdown passes. So you could easily be talking about them among the league’s elite right now.
On the injury front, they got Khalil Mack back into the fold last week, as they turned Stafford inside out in a 34-22 win over the Lions. The Bears are not necessarily a complete team, but defensively they have more than answered the bell, holding the opposition to 34% third down conversions and 3.6 yards a rushing attempt, while intercepting 16 passes.
There aren’t too many better pairs of receivers than Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs of the Vikings. Thielen (947 yards) has had at least 100 yards in eight of nine games, while Diggs has 587 yards. Cousins’ numbers are decent enough (71%, 17 TD’s, 5 INT’s), and obviously, if he can keep his mistakes to a minimum, Minnesota can win on the strength of its defense. But Cousins has also lost six fumbles, and this is indeed a concern.
Jordan Howard, who’s averaged just 3.4 yards a carry, has been something of a disappointment for the Bears. Meanwhile, Latavius Murray has done a pretty nice job for the Vikes, and Dalvin Cook is back in the rotation again. Minnesota hasn’t put all of its offensive line problems behind them, but they are getting better.
What the Bears have to do – in the worst way – is get into third down situations that aren’t so unfavorable, as the Vikings are BY FAR the NFL’s best defense on third down, allowing just 25.7%. So Chicago will either have to run the ball well or work the short passing game on first and second downs. Minnesota is also the NFL’s second best defense in red zone situations, as opponents have scored touchdowns only 39.4% of the time.
That’s the thing that might ultimately give the Vikings the edge here, in what could be a hotly-contested battle.
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By Charles Jay