Fresh off their first loss of the regular season, the Minnesota Vikings will have redemption on their minds as they travel to the Windy City to take on a struggling Chicago Bears team. Even though both of these squads are clearly headed in opposite directions, it is always special when these NFC North divisional foes meet. Nobody expected Minnesota to be this good this year, especially without their regular QB in Teddy Bridgewater, but they enter Week 8 as a clear playoff team – and a group that has a real shot at the Super Bowl.
On the other hand, the Bears are nowhere close to the level of their Monday night foes. They’ve had another quarterback carousel, and it’s expected Jay Cutler will return from injury – of course only to take on the NFL’s top defensive unit. Chicago enters with a dismal 1-6 record and seem simply content to play out the remainder of their season and finish with a high pick. Still, it’s a divisional clash that always bears watching – especially with no hockey or baseball on this evening! Read on below for a detailed breakdown and a betting selection for this match-up.
Vikings vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings -4 (-120)
@ Chicago Bears +4 (+100)
Over 41 (+100)
Under 41 (-120)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Vikings vs. Bears Pick:
The Vikings had some issues exposed last week against the Eagles, mostly an inability to block the opposition. Sam Bradford was being rushed in the pocket with regularity and wasn’t in his usual rhythm. That should diminish somewhat this week as the Bears will find running into the Vikings’ offensive linemen difficult. Stefon Diggs is also going to be healthier this week and that should improve Minnesota’s offence. Chicago’s defensive unit is struggling right now, and has holes throughout. The Vikings won’t blow anybody away with their offensive output, but this group is efficient and should be able to have success Monday night.
On the other side of the football is where a true mismatch lies. The Bears’ offence simply has no shot going against the game’s best defensive group. The Vikings rank first in points allowed, total defense, and turnover ratio, and only figure to improve on those numbers when they take on a rusty Jay Cutler. The Bears’ QB is prone to making many errors and turnovers, and with all the pressure the Vikings generate, this should be magnified on Monday evening. The Bears’ current offensive line situation also is not stable, and this will allow for some openings for the Vikings’ aggressive and ferocious front seven. It really is tough to imagine Chicago keeping Minnesota out of their backfield.
Expect a relatively low scoring game, but one in which the Vikes are in control throughout. Their offence won’t blow you away which will give the illusion that the Bears have a shot, but that Vikings’ defence is too good for it to be a realistic one. The line in this game has fallen in the lead-up to kickoff, dropping from six to four points, and that’s enough to convince me to be all over the much better team in this one. Square play or not, the Vikings are one of the best teams in football, and coming off of their first loss, Minnesota will be motivated to make a statement on national TV. Expect the talent of the Vikings to shine through in a convincing road victory.
PICK = Vikings -4 (-120)