A pair of bitter rivals with identical records will square off in Week 4 in a matchup that will surely have big playoff implications down the road.
Minnesota will travel to Chicago to do battle with the Bears as these NFC North rivals will battle for supremacy. With how well Detroit and Green Bay have started their seasons, it does seem as if the NFC North is football’s toughest divisions – so a win would certainly mean a lot to each of these teams.
Both squads thus far have had excellent defensive performances, but questions still linger on both offense. Is this week it all clicks and comes together for either Minnesota or Chicago? Read on below the posted odds to find out, along with a game breakdown, tactical analysis, and a betting selection for this marquee matchup of the late afternoon. Enjoy the game, folks!
Vikings vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings PK (+100)
@ Chicago Bears PK (-120)
Over 38 (-110)
Under 38 (-110)
Vikings vs. Bears Pick:
As the low posted total would indicate, expect this game to be dominated by defensive line, with the winning team likely featuring the quarterback who makes less mistakes.
For the Bears, Mitchell Trubisky continues to really struggle. Though his team dominated in Week 3 against Washington, that lowly defense doesn’t compare at all to what the Vikings will offer this Sunday. Trubisky still makes too many incorrect reads, ill-advised throws, and his technique remains off in crucial spots. He’s good for another two interceptions quite likely against Minnesota.
The Vikings have a terrific, ball-hawking secondary that should be able to really limit Trubisky’s key weapons in Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. Expect Chicago to try and really establish the run game to relieve some pressure on Trubisky and potentially open things up downfield. That said, it’s one thing to try and it is another to actually succeed. Minnesota possesses an elite run defense and should be able to really put the clamps down on David Montgomery out of the backfield. Moving the chains will be tough for the Bears in Week 4.
Not to be outdone by Trubisky’s ineffectiveness, the overrated and overpaid Kirk Cousins will surely attempt to match his counterpart in this contest. Cousins has unfortunately been plagued by similar mistake-prone plays and is also good for a couple of turnovers in this key clash. Throughout his career, the former Michigan St. product typically thrives in easier games, but tends to really struggle when the stage is brightest. In a big game like Sunday’s expect Chicago’s defense to really overwhelm him.
Despite the fact that Cousins does have elite weapons, it likely won’t be great if he doesn’t have the time and space to assess the field and analyze before connecting with them. This is because Chicago boasts a dominant pass rush that should be able to get to Cousins with regularity.
One area Minnesota should have success in that separates them from Chicago, and could tilt the game in their favour – Dalvin Cook and the Vikes’ run game. It’s one of the best attacks in football right now, and Chicago’s run-stuffing defense is preparing to be without their top defensive linemen in Akiem Hicks. Without Hicks, holes should be available and Cook should be able to find the seams and move the chains.
Despite the fact that the Bears are at home, the Vikings have had longer to prepare for this game and enter the healthier side. In a matchup of two untrustworthy quarterbacks, I still lean Cousins over Trubisky and think his elite receivers will make it easier on him in a hostile environment. Look for Minnesota to get the run game going as well, and Dalvin Cook should run his team to a narrow victory in what expects to be a defensive chess match from both sides. Take Minnesota in Week 4.