The NFL is set up with another great week of action as the season nears its end. Twelve games will be up on the board throughout Sunday afternoon. One of these games will be a divisional matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams have not been great this season, but still can make a push for a playoff spot. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday.
The Bears have earned a record of 6-7 throughout this season, which has them in third place of the NFC North. Chicago started out the season with an impressive 5-1 record, but lost six in a row before finally winning last week. The Bears will look to build off that win in Week 14 as they try and knock off the Vikings on the road.
Minnesota has also put up a record of 6-7 so far this season. The Vikings are currently in second place of the NFC North after beating Chicago earlier in the season. Minnesota has won five of their last seven games after starting out the season 1-5. The Vikings will look to earn the series sweep over the Bears as they look to keep playoff hopes alive.
These two teams have put up the same record to this season, which means the winner will still very much be alive in the playoff race. The loser of this game will see their slim chances get even lower though. I expect both teams to come out with some momentum as their season is on the line. These two teams had a great battle earlier in the season and I expect a similar one on Sunday.
The Bears and the Vikings met up in Week 10 in Chicago this season. Kirk Cousins tossed a touchdown pass to Adam Thielen to open up the scoring in this one. Cairo Santos made two field goals and Cordarrelle Patterson had a 104 yard kickoff return to give the Bears a 13-7 lead. Dan Bailey tied it up with two field goals and Adam Thielen gave the Vikings the 19-13 win with another touchdown reception.
Chicago faced off against the Houston Texans in Week 14. Deshaun Watson had a touchdown pass to Keke Coutee, but that was all the points the Texans could muster. Mitchell Trubisky threw for three touchdown passes, while David Montgomery had an 80 yard rushing touchdown. The Bears dominated from start to finish for an impressive 36-7 win.
The Vikings met up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Dalvin Cook opened up the scoring with a rushing touchdown. Tom Brady had two passing touchdowns, while Ronald Jones the second rushed for a touchdown as Tampa Bay scored 23 unanswered points. Kirk Cousins had another passing touchdown to cut the deficit, but the Buccaneers held on for a 26-14 win.
Dan Bailey did not have a great performance in last weeks loss, missing three field goal attempts and a PAT. Minnesota could have been in this one if they were able to get those points. The Vikings will try to erase this loss from memory though as they prepare for the Bears. Chicago finally got the offense going in this one and will look to carry momentum over after their most complete performance of the season.
The Bears have put Mitchell Trubisky back in as the starting Quarterback after benching him earlier in the season. Trubisky has thrown for 1336 yards, 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on the season. He went 24-33 for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns in last weeks win. Chicago will need Trubisky to step up again in this one if they are to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Minnesota has Kirk Cousins starting under center. Cousins is once again having a solid season for the Vikings. He has thrown for 3298 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions so far this season. Cousins is coming off a tough performance last week. He went 24-37 for 225 yards, 1 touchdown and a fumble lost. Cousins will look to bounce back with a better performance in this one.
The Vikings have a slight edge at Quarterback with Cousins in. Trubisky has not done a bad job in his six starts this season. Trubisky has a record of 4-2 in his starts and will look to build upon that. The Bears offense has not had much consistency throughout this season, but were able to explode last week. If Trubisky can help Chicago repeat that, it could be enough to knock off the Vikings.
Offense vs Defense
Chicago’s offense has not been able to put up great numbers throughout most of this season. The Bears have scored 282 points and gained 4158 yards of offense this season, which is 25th and 28th in the NFL. Chicago’s defense has been able to keep them in games though. The Bears have allowed opposing teams to score 291 points, which is 9th in the league. Chicago has also given up 4517 yards, which is 13th in the NFL.
The Vikings are the opposite of the Bears this season, being strong on offense, but struggling on defense. Minnesota has put up 333 points on their opponents this season, which is 14th in the league. The Vikings have also gained 5013 yards, which is 7th in the NFL. Minnesota’s defense has allowed 355 points and 4895 yards of offense, which is 24th and 22nd in the league.
These two teams have been good on opposite sides of the ball. The Bears offense was able to gain 410 yards against the Texans last week, which was their second best total this season. Chicago only gained 149 yards in their loss to Minnesota earlier in the season and will need to improve upon that in this one. The Vikings defense only gave up 303 yards last week, which was their second best total this season.
The Vikings and Bears are both coming off solid performances last week, but only Chicago came out with a win. These two teams duked it out earlier in the season, where Minnesota earned a big win. Now both teams will look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they meet on Sunday. I think the Vikings offense can help push them over the top as they try to knock off Chicago in this one.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -3 against the spread in this one. This line should be a little bit bigger in my opinion. Both teams have the same record, but the Bears had lost six in a row before last weeks win. Chicago’s offense is still going to struggle, which could give the Vikings a chance to take over. I like Minnesota to earn the win and cover on Sunday.