Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings picks, predictions and betting tips


Sunday Night Football returns to Soldier Field as the Bears look to extend their lead in the NFC North. Chicago has been on a tear as of late, winning their last 3 by an average of around 19 points. This past week, they handily defeated the woeful Lions by a score of 34-22. Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky was outstanding, throwing for 355 yards and three scores while completing 23 of his 30 passes. Trubisky also added a touchdown on the ground for his third rushing TD of the season.

On the other side of the ball, Chicago was harassing Lions QB Matthew Stafford all game long which led to 2 INTs and 6 sacks. If Chicago’s defense continues to roll then its going to be a long game for a Vikings’ offensive line that has struggled all year.

Minnesota comes into this one fresh off their much-needed bye week. The injury report in Minnesota is quite large and it looks like some key names are questionable to suit up for this Sunday night. CB Xavier Rhodes, LB Anthony Barr, and S Andrew Sendejo are among the names on the injury report and all three are very important pieces in this Vikings’ defense. But nevertheless, Minnesota is going to have to deal with it and move on because a win on Sunday can launch them into first place in the NFC North.

For this game, we think there is value to be had on the points total so we are recommending the over. The Bears’ defense gets a lot of credit and rightfully so, but we think the Vikings will be able to move the ball consistently even against a stout Bears’ front. The Bears give up the 4th least points per game in the league, which explains why this points total is so low. But against the few potent offenses they have played, the Bears have shown some cracks on the defensive side of the ball. Green Bay put up 24, New England put up 38, Detroit put up 22, and even Miami put up 31.

The Vikings’ offense is coming to town having scored at least 23 in all but two games this season, so we think they will still be able to find enough success at Solider Field to help push the total over. For the Bears’ offense, they have scored at least 24 points in 6 straight games, which includes a couple of 30 and 40 point outbursts. The Vikings’ defense is pretty banged up right now so we think Chicago will keep moving the ball effectively to push the total over.

Lastly, we think the Bears will get it done at home and improve to 7-3. Chicago is the only team in the league that ranks in the top 10 in pass and rush DVOA on both sides of the ball and we think this balance and consistency will help them come out on top. Vikings’ QB Kirk Cousins has never been great when throwing under pressure and the Bears certainly have the capability to rush the passer effectively. Unless we get unlucky, the game should be decided by a least a field goal so we are taking the Bears to cover the less than a field goal spread.