This Sunday the Minnesota Vikings will host the Chicago Bears in Week 17. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at U.S. Bank Stadium and will be televised locally on FOX. Oddsmakers have Minnesota as a 6.5-point favorite with the total at 42.5 points.
Bears vs Vikings Vegas Spread Preview
Chicago (3-12) enters off a 21-41 blowout loss at home to the Redskins. The Bears beat themselves more than anything. Chicago turned it over 5 times, finishing with a -5 turnover margin. Outside of the mistakes, they moved the ball well. Chicago had 458 yards of offense and 31 first downs.
Minnesota (7-8) comes in off a 25-38 loss at Green Bay and it wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. The Vikings trailed 13-38 with less than 5 minutes to play. The big bright spot for Minnesota was the offense did put up 446 yards of offense. Led by 382 and 3 TD passes from Sam Bradford.
These two teams played back in Week 8 at Chicago. The Bears won that contest 20-10 on Monday Night Football. The victory snapped a short 3-game winning streak for Minnesota in the series.
Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Bears +6.5
I would have to lean towards Chicago in this one. The line here reflects that Minnesota is the far superior team. I don’t see it that way. In fact, both teams have identical 2-8 records over their last 10 games. That also includes a head-to-head matchup the Bears won by double-digits. Would you really be surprised if Chicago won this game?
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The thing with Minnesota is it’s hard to finish strong given the circumstances. The Vikings came into this season thinking they were a legit Super Bowl contender. Then they lost starting QB Teddy Bridgewater and RB Adrian Peterson. They managed to start out 5-0, but it’s been all downhill since. The idea of finishing the season strong doesn’t really matter to them. Chicago on the other hand is a team trying to turn the corner, so these late games matter more to them.
Last week’s loss to the Redskins didn’t end up close, but it was a pretty even matchup outside of the turnovers. Washington only outgained the Bears by 20 yards. That 3 straight games they have been within 30-yards of total offense and ended up losing. They were -27 in a 3-point defeat at Detroit and -2 in a 3-point loss to Green Bay. This team is playing better than people think right now.
It’s also worth pointing out Chicago is 2-3 in the division with 2 of those losses by only a field goal. I know the Bears are win less at 0-7 on the road, but you can’t read into those numbers in Week 17. Given what Chicago’s defense was able to against the Vikings in the first meeting. This figures to be a low-scoring game, making the points that much more valuable.
Bears are a perfect 8-0 ATS after 3 or more losses over the last 3 seasons. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 off a SU loss by 14 or more points. Vikings are just 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games in Week 17 and 0-4 ATS in last 4 vs NFC North.