|2013 NFL NFC North Week 2 Odds & Point Spread: Vikings vs. Bears|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Thursday, 12 September 2013 14:00|
Vikings vs. Bears Odds
Chicago is 1-0 on the season, 1-0 at home and 0-0-1 against the spread. Minnesota is 0-1 overall, 0-1 on the road and 0-1 against the spread. The home team has won eight of the last 10 in this series.
Trends show that the Vikings are 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 against Chicago and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 trips to Chicago. The home team has also covered in 16 of the last 21 in this series.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Chicago is the favorite at home, as the Bears have odds of -6.5 points against the Vikings. The over/under total for the game has been set at 42 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had the Bears favored by 5.5 points. The spread reached a peak of 7 points before settling in at Chicago -6.5. The over/under total opened at 40.5 points and has since climbed up to 42.
The Bears opened the season with a 24-21 win at home against the Bengals. Chicago was held to just 81 rushing yards in the win, but conversely held Cincinnati to only 63 yards on the ground. The Chicago defense also forced three Cincinnati turnovers in the win. Jay Cutler threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 21 of 33 passing. Receiver Brandon Marshall was the top target, as be caught eight passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. Defensive back Charles Tillman built off his strong 2012-13 season by intercepting two passes in the opener.
Minnesota starts its season with a 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions on the road. The Vikings were torched for 469 yards on defense while the offense had 330 total yards of offense but committed four turnovers and allowed three sacks. Adrian Peterson rushed for 78 yards on his first carry, but finished with just 93 yards for the game on 18 carries. Christian Ponder struggled as well, going 18 of 28 passing for 236 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
In terms of Injuries, Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams is probable to play despite a knee injury while Chicago cornerback Kelvin Hayden is out for the season with a hamstring injury.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Chicago, as the Bears are getting 61% of the wagers with odds of -6.5 points against the Vikings.