The Chicago Bears (2-1) host the Minnesota Vikings (2-1) on Sunday for a critical NFC North battle. Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on September 29th at Soldier Field and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bears listed as 3-point home favorites. That line has shifted by half a point after early betting, as Chicago is currently available at -2.5. The total for this matchup is 38 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 4 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bears vs Vikings Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Vikings got back above .500 on the season last weekend after beating Oakland 34-14 at home to improve to 2-1 overall. Minnesota had a 21-7 lead at the half and never looked back, tacking on 13 more points in the second half en route to a double-digit victory. QB Kirk Cousins was pretty average, going 15/21 for 174 yards and a touchdown. Dalvin Cook had another big outing on the ground, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Adam Thielen led the way for the receiving corps, catching three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown while also find the end zone on a rare one-yard rush at the goal line. As a whole, the Vikings offense generated just under 400 total yards and scored four touchdowns against a subpar Oakland defense.
Minnesota was also very solid on the defensive side of the ball in Week 3, holding the Raiders to just over 300 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Vikings were especially tough on the ground, as no Oakland rusher managed to accumulate more than 44 total running yards all game.
The Bears won their second consecutive game last weekend after a disappointing loss in Week 1 to Green Bay, cruising past Washington 31-15 on the road. Chicago jumped out to an early 28-3 lead in the second quarter and closed the Redskins out from there, giving up just 12 points the rest of the way. Mitch Trubisky looked much better, going 25/31 for 231 yards and three touchdowns. WR Taylor Gabriel was a force through the air, catching all three of Trubisky’s touchdown passes and racking up 75 yards on six receptions overall. Overall, the Bears offense put up more than 300 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns against a below average Washington defense.
Chicago was very impressive on defense yet again in Week 3, holding the Redskins to just under 400 total yards and two touchdowns. The Bears really did a great job putting pressure on Washington QB Case Keenum, sacking him four times as well as forcing three costly interceptions.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Vikings +2.5
I really don’t feel that strongly about either one of these two longtime NFC North rivals against the spread, as this will likely be an extremely close, defense-first battle. The situation is also complicated by some vastly different lines across a variety of books, as I would like take the Bears at -1.5 or better but take the Vikings at anything +2.5 or better. While I will most likely avoid this spot altogether, I think Minnesota at +2.5 offers at least a tiny bit of value. They have certainly been the more consistent team to start the season, especially on offense where their new “run-first” play-calling has really taken the pressure off of Kirk Cousins. Dalvin Cook has been an absolute beast, easily breaking the 100-yard plateau multiple times this year already. However, he certainly draws a tough matchup against a very strong Chicago defense here in Week 4.
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If the Bears sink down to anything close to EVEN, I’ll likely take Chicago to cover at home. They have certainly owned the Vikings as of late, going 5-1 against the spread over their last six meetings overall. Minnesota has also really struggled on the road recently, going just 1-4 ATS in their last five road games. They are also only 3-15 straight up in their last 18 visits to Soldier Field. This really seems like a spot to avoid altogether, but depending on what price you can get, I don’t mind the Vikings at anything +2.5 or higher in an NFC North showdown that could easily go either way.