The Chicago Bears (7-8) travel to Minneapolis this weekend for an NFC North clash against the Minnesota Vikings (10-5). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 29th at U.S. Bank Stadium and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Vikings listed as 1-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Minnesota is currently available at -1. The total for this matchup is 37 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 17 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Vikings vs Bears Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Bears have now lost two games in a row after falling 26-3 at home last weekend on Sunday Night Football. Chicago gave up 17 unanswered points in the first half and never recovered, scoring just a single field goal the entire game. QB Mitch Trubisky struggled for most of the game, going just 18/34 for 157 passing yards. RB David Montgomery led the way on the ground, rushing for 57 yards on 13 carries. Allen Robinson also chipped in, making six catches for 53 receiving yards. As a whole, the Bears gained around 250 total yards of offense but failed to find the end zone in the defeat.
Chicago struggled defensively against the high-flying Chiefs offense, surrendering over 350 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Bears couldn’t find a way to slow down Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes, allowing him to throw two touchdown passes and add another score on the ground.
The Vikings couldn’t find a way to get past Green Bay at home their last time out, losing 23-10 to drop to 10-5 on the season overall. Minnesota led 10-9 at the half but completely fell apart over the final two quarters of the game, getting outscored 14-0 down the stretch. QB Kirk Cousins certainly wasn’t at his best, throwing an interception and going just 16/31 for 122 passing yards and a touchdown through the air. RB Mike Boone struggled in a spot start for the injured Dalvin Cook, averaging only 2.5 yards per carry. Stefon Diggs led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in three catches for 57 receiving yards. Overall, the Vikings generated under 200 total yards of offense and scored just a single touchdown in the disappointing divisional loss.
Minnesota had an average outing on the other side of the ball against the Packers, giving up over 400 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Vikings had no answer for Green Bay RB Aaron Jones, as he racked up 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns on a game-high 23 carries.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Vikings -1
A case could easily be made for avoiding this NFC North battle altogether, as neither team really has anything to play for other than bragging rights. Minnesota’s loss against Green Bay in Week 16 locked the Vikings into a road game during Wild Card Weekend, while the Bears have already been eliminated from postseason contention. With the Vikes likely just looking to avoid injury before the beginning of the playoffs, it’s a bit of a mystery how much Coach Zimmer will play both the offensive and defensive starters. Even so, Minnesota has now won eight out of their last eleven games overall while the Bears are just 2-9 against the spread over that same time span.
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It is also important to note that Chicago is an embarrassing 0-5 against the spread over their last five road games. Chicago has really struggled straight up when facing the Vikings in Minnesota, recording just one win in their past seven trips to Minneapolis. Again, there probably isn’t enough value with either the spread or the total to force a play from this game. However, if forced to pick a side against the spread, I’d much rather take my chances with Minnesota at home – give me the Vikings to cover!