Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings MNF Week 15 Pick – December 20

An NFC North rivalry showdown with big playoff implications will unfold during the second Monday Night matchup as the Bears host the Vikings.

With Minnesota at 6-7 and time in the season running out, this surely has to be seen as a must-win for the Vikes. They’re the healthier and hungrier team right now, and should be able to take advantage of a weakened and depleted Bears squad.

But Chicago might be keen to spoil the party. At 4-9 there’s no hope for extra football come the new year for the Bears, but Justin Fields under centre can pose problems. Fields looked great last week and has shown some real signs of growth and progress in his rookie season. When he’s on, he’s got the potential to make defenses very frustrated.

The Vikings have a real knack of playing close games, regardless of the opposition. For better or worse, it should make tonight’s clash all the more intriguing. Divisional showdown with Minnesota’s playoff lives hinging on a victory. This is a great spot to find out who will rise to the occasion and who might just wilt under the pressure!

With both teams badly seeking out a victory, it should produce a real post-season atmosphere at Soldier Field in Chicago. Desperation will be on display. For the most up-to-date trends, and the latest data – keep reading below for our betting analysis on Minnesota vs. Chicago as we look to stay hot into the new year. Enjoy the game, folks!

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Minnesota Vikings -6.5 (-110)
  • Chicago Bears +6.5 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Minnesota Vikings (-280)
  • Chicago Bears (+240)
Total Points:

  • Over 45 (-110)
  • Under 45 (-110)
TEAM DATA VIKINGS BEARS
Overall Record 6-7-0 4-9-0
ATS Record 7-6-0 4-9-0
Home/Away Record 2-5-0 2-4-0
Points Per Game 26.8 17.8
Points Against Per Game 25.6 25.5
Passing Yards Per Game 267.8 176.2
Rushing Yards Per Game 123.2 126.5

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Prediction:

The Chicago Bears would surely like to spoil the Vikings’ Christmas holidays, though it’s a lot easier said than done. Justin Fields is healthy enough to suit up, and despite the progress he’s shown of late – Monday evening will be a tough matchup for the rookie. Minnesota brings the heat on defense, currently sitting third in the lead with their pressure rate. They offer up a feared defensive front, and without Jason Peters along Chicago’s O-Line, should have no trouble getting to Fields.

This will force the rookie into some tough situations from the get-go. While Fields is very mobile and elusive, he won’t be able to run on every down. Expect hurried situations to lead to turnovers, and the Vikings should be able to keep him in check. The Bears will likely respond with a heavy dose of David Montgomery to keep Minnesota from overwhelming their protection, but without solid blocking don’t expect Chicago to be able to take advantage of a usually porous Vikings’ run defense.

Minnesota meanwhile have an unbelievable matchup advantage. Chicago is beyond depleted in their secondary, and haven’t been able to get stops at all without Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack.

Chicago also offers up very little pressure themselves, meaning Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota attack is going to have ample time and space to operate. Both Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen should have very clear matchup advantages at the receiver position, while Dalvin Cook should be able to run all over the Bears without Hicks clogging the middle. Simply put, don’t expect much if any Chicago resistance on Monday night. The Vikings will move the chains at will, and should have the ability to put up points when they want.

 

Vikings vs. Bears Trends To Know:

  • Mike Zimmer is 73-52 ATS as head coach of the Vikings.
  • Mike Zimmer is 12-9 ATS with extra time to prepare since 2015.
  • Vikings are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in Week 15.
  • Bears are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
  • Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

 

While the Bears do play well at home, and the Vikings are usually quite inconsistent away from Minnesota, Monday’s game is a big-time mismatch.  The Bears have zero to play for and have bad cluster injuries throughout their defense.  The Vikes will be eager for a needed victory and should be able to put up points on offense in an easy Monday night rout.

My Pick
Vikings -6.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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