Minnesota (3-5) at Chicago (5-4)
The Vikings own a 60-56-2 lead in the series, but Chicago posts a 33-23-2 advantage at Solider Field. Minnesota has rebounded to win two games in a row after a 1-5 start. The Bears are just the opposite as they have gone 0-3 after a 5-1 beginning to the season. Chicago has won the past four in the series which saw the Bears take a 21-19 win in Minnesota on the last day of the 2019 season.
The Bears’ 4-game series winning streak was preceded by dominance by the Minnesota Vikings as they won six out of the previous seven contests. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has 250-plus passing yards in three of his four career starts in Chicago. He will face talented Bears linebacker Khalil Mack who looks for a sack and forced fumble for the fourth consecutive home game vs. Minnesota. Cousins is 0-9 on Monday Night Football.
Vs. The Spread
The Vikings are 5-3 ATS this season while the Bears check in at 5-4. Minnesota is a strong 5-2 ATS in their last seven games vs. the NFC North and they are 3-16 SU in their last 19 games at Chicago. The Bears, meanwhile, are 5-1 SU in their last six games against the NFC North. Look at the UNDER closely since the struggling Bears offense as the total has gone under in four of the last five Bears game.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Vikings||-3 (-125)||-175||O 43.5 (-110)|
|Bears||+3 (+105)||+155||U 43.5 (-110)|
Bears quarterback Nick Foles had his best game of the season in completing 36 of 52 passes for 335 yards in Chicago’s 24-17 loss at Tennessee. Chicago punted six times in a row after they were held on downs on their opening drive.
Dalvin Cook carried 22 times for 206 yards as he scored twice, including a 70-yard run in the fourth quarter as Minnesota bested the Detroit Lions, 34-20. Minnesota picked off Lions quarterback Matt Stafford twice and Chase Daniel once to win their second in a row.
When Chicago Has the Ball
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will now call the plays as coach Matt Nagy relinquishes the job to try to help the Bears revive such a struggling offense. Chicago has a struggling running attack in just 83 yards per game on 22 carries while Nick Foles hasn’t steadied the ship since taking over for Mitch Trubisky in a Week 3 win over Atlanta. He has been sacked 16 times and has thrown seven interceptions.
The Vikings have only six interceptions on the season as Eric Wilson leads with three. A trigger happy Foles might play into the hands of the Minnesota defense, assuming David Montgomery gets nothing going on the ground. Linebacker Eric Kendricks is third in the NFL with 84 tackles.
When Minnesota Has the Ball
Dalvin Cook continues to lead the NFL with 858 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He has at least one touchdown in his last seven consecutive games which is the longest touchdown streak in the NFL. Justin Jefferson has emerged as Minnesota’s big-play threat as he averages 18 yards per catch while accruing 12 receptions of 20 or more yards.
The Bears linebackers, led by Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith, will have their hands full with a healthy Cook. Smith had 11 tackles and his eighth career sacks last week. Akiem Hicks could be a major key on that Chicago defensive front as he has 6.5 career sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss in seven games vs, the Vikes.
NFL Betting Predictions
Winner: Vikings (-3) 23, Bears 16
Over-Under: Take Under 43.5