It’s like Week 1 all over again, as we have a Monday doubleheader with the Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns opening the action at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
The scheduled Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears is scheduled for after the Raiders and Browns.
Kickoff for the Raiders and Browns is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. EST, and then the Vikings and Bears following at 8:15 p.m. EST.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 19, 2021
The Raiders and Browns were originally scheduled for a Saturday game in the rain and wind in Cleveland. The forecast called for rocky weather, but they’ll experience calmer waters on Monday.
The weather in Chicago calls for clear skies and moderate wind on Monday night, so it should be great for football in December. The Vikings need a big win to stay in the postseason race at 6-7, while the 4-9 Bears will look to play spoiler.
There isn’t much for the Bears to look forward to this season. They want to give Justin Fields more experience, and hopefully there is something to build on for next year.
This is one of those games where people expect the Vikings to collapse and take a nap until next year. It’s a winnable circumstance, but they’re on the road and the Vikings are the masters at underperforming.
We’ll give the props a go on Monday at Soldier Field. Head below for our best Vikings vs. Bears prop bets on December 20, 2021.
Justin Fields Total Passing Yards
Justin Fields doesn’t have to torch the Vikings’ defense to get through this game with more than 210 yards on the board. The Vikings don’t have the best defense out there in the NFL.
Fields may not have the arm to put up 300 yards every week, but he should have success versus the Minnesota defense. They aren’t scaring many quarterbacks and shouldn’t scare Fields.
This is an opportunity for Fields to build up some momentum in the spotlight on Monday Night. He’s passed for 1,585 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions on 57.6% completions.
He’s coming off an up and down performance with 224 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions versus the Packers. It’s been that kind of year for him.
The Vikings are 29th in the NFL with 251.9 yards allowed per game. If the Bears want this game, they will have to let Fields air it out with Kirk Cousins on the other side.
Don’t look for Fields to paint a perfect picture in this one, but at only 209.5 yards on this prop, he should throw for more than 209 yards at home on Monday night.
Darnell Mooney Total Receiving Yards
As the fantasy kids call it, I’m going to stack Justin Fields and Darnell Mooney on Monday night on the same ticket.
This sounds like a risky proposition given the lack of punch out of the Chicago offense, but again, the Vikings aren’t a defense that offers much resistance.
I’m putting my confidence in the Bears to continue their strong play after playing decently well versus the Packers last week. The Bears almost got out of that one with a win.
Darnell Mooney is seeing targets recently, but the production hasn’t followed for him. He was coming off two big performances against the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions.
Mooney collected 5 receptions and 121 yards with a touchdown versus the Ravens, and then came back with 5 receptions and 123 yards versus the Lions.
He’s had three 100-yard performances on the year, but has been quiet the last two weeks. Against a leaky Minnesota secondary, expect Mooney to find room and get back on track.
K.J. Osborn Total Receiving Yards
Defenses are putting a lot of resources into attempting to stop Justin Jefferson. They have to give him attention due to his ability to split a secondary. However, Jefferson isn’t the only weapon at Kirk Cousins’ disposal.
K.J. Osborn has been receiving plenty of attention from Cousins recently. As long as defenses shade over to Jefferson, Osborn is going to continue to see opportunities.
An absolute BOMB from Kirk Cousins to KJ Osborn ?
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 10, 2021
Osborn is going into Monday night with 495 yards and 4 touchdowns on 13 yards per reception. He’s been seeing more attention in the passing game than usual recently.
He’s had 16 targets over the last two games, with 47 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions, and then another solid performance in a 36-28 win over the Steelers.
Osborn caught 3 receptions for 83 yards and another touchdown. The 24-year-old is getting a bigger workload recently with defenses focusing on containing Jefferson.
Look for more than 50 yards out of Osborn for him to clear this prop with relative ease. Cousins will give him more opportunities in Chicago.