Another key divisional showdown will unfold during the second wave of Week 17 games as the Chicago Bears will head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. There is a lot at stake in this matchup and it should provide with some intriguing storylines throughout.
For the Bears, they still have a shot at securing a first-round bye in the NFC. It is unlikely, but Chicago will be playing for that. For the Vikings, it’s a little more desperate as Minnesota knows if they can win, they are in. The Vikes have yet to truly play to their potential this regular season – but who knows, perhaps they have just been saving their best for last.
This should make for a great regular season finale between two likely playoff-bound teams. There’s also a chance these two teams could face-off once again next week at Soldier Field in Chicago in a playoff setting. Read on below for a full game breakdown and betting analysis.
Bears vs. Vikings Betting Odds:
Chicago Bears +6 (-110)
@ Minnesota Vikings -6 (-110)
Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
Bears vs. Vikings Pick:
For Chicago, this matchup comes down to motivation and how long their starters will stay on the field for. Getting a bye week would be huge, but the Los Angeles Rams might have something to say about that. With the Rams most likely dominating, expect Chicago to be scoreboard watching and once the Rams secure their bye, look for head coach Matt Nagy to yank his starters off of the field.
The Vikes meanwhile will be incredibly motivated here. They’re playing at home, and all they need is a win to make it to the post-season. Expect their defense to lead them to victory. It is a stellar group that has gotten better as the season has progressed. They will pressure Chicago’s quarterbacks with regularity and Xavier Rhodes will easily take away Allen Robinson as the main downfield target man.
Chicago too boasts a great offense, though how long they are in the game for remains to be seen. The Bears however will be missing a few injured pieces within their secondary. Bryce Callahan and Eddie Jackson will sit this matchup out, and as a result look for Kirk Cousins to be able to exploit this downfield to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
The Bears are the better team, but reading through all the tea leaves, I think there is value in banking on the fact that Chicago won’t be fully motivated or invested here. I anticipate Matt Nagy putting in the backups at halftime, as the Rams will very likely be up large on the 49ers. This is a big spread, but look for Minnesota’s desperation to kick in and win this matchup en route to the post-season.
PICK = Vikings -6 (-110)