The Chicago Bears (4-9) host the Minnesota Vikings (6-7) at Soldier Field for an important NFC North battle on Monday Night Football. Last week, the Vikings got back in the win column with a win over the Steelers on Thursday Night, while the Bears fell to Green Bay 45-30.
This should be a solid game as the Minnesota Vikings are fighting for their playoff lives, while the Bears look like they’re starting to scratch the surface with their talent level. Minnesota has a lethal offense, but the Bears’ defense has been their strength this season. That being said, let’s dive into this matchup and see how they match up.
Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview: Vikings Fighting For Playoff Spot
With the win over the Steelers in week 14, the Vikings increased their chances of making the playoffs in 2021. There won’t be any shortage of drama this season as the Vikings have played a plethora of their games by one score this season.
Offensively, we got a look at how great this team is in all phases of the game on offense. Kirk Cousins is quietly putting together a fantastic year; despite his two interceptions against the Steelers; he still has thrown for 27 touchdowns to just five interceptions. Additionally, Dalvin Cook is a monster in the backfield; he put together a 205-yard performance and two touchdowns, while averaging 7.6 yards a carry.
On the other side of the ball, the Vikings have been dealing with some injuries, but they were able to register five sacks and an interception on Big Ben Roethlisberger. Minnesota looked impressive in the first half shutting out Pittsburgh, but had a colossal meltdown, almost blowing a 29 point lead. Minnesota ranks 30th on defense, allowing 381.5 yards, along with 25.6 points per game.
Chicago Bears Betting Preview: Bears Show Off Electric Special Teams
All eyes were on the Bears last week as they went toe to toe with the Packers for three quarters, until Green Bay broke away in the fourth. If anything, the Bears proved they have the talent and weapons to win games, but they are almost certainly out of playoff contention after losing seven of their last eight contests.
Chicago raced out to a 27-21 lead thanks to some dynamic special teams and route running by Jakeem Grant Sr., who returned a 97-yard kickoff for a score and hauled in a 46-yard touchdown catch.
The offense totaled 30 points, their highest total of the season, and fans saw how special this offense could be. Justin Fields has made some mistakes, evidenced by two interceptions and one that went for a pick-six. Be that as it may, Fields totaled almost 300 total yards and adds that extra dynamic with his dual-threat ability. Overall, the offense still ranks 31st in total offense, but looked much better showcasing their weapons, particularly in the running game.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears completely gave away the game to Aaron Rodgers, conceding 45 points and 460 yards on the night. Despite their loss, the Bears’ defense has been the backbone of this team, keeping them in games for the most part. Chicago was still able to pick up three sacks, and they rank ninth in total defense (336.5).
Seahawks vs. Rams Betting Lines & Odds
Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Vikings as the -4 road favorite with a total score of 43.5.
Free Betting Pick
The Vikings are playing for a playoff spot in this matchup, and they should bring out all the stops against Chicago in this one. Be that as it may, I’m still impressed by Justin Fields and the extra layer he adds to the offense.
The Vikings continue to play in close games all year; in fact, they’ve played 12 of 13 games by one score. Throw in that they are 1-2 ATS as the away favorite in 2021, combined with the dynamic running attack of Chicago and the poor defense of Minnesota. I like the Bears here.