Bears vs. Vikings Pick
Will two NFC North rivals in the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears get into another black-and-blue contest this Sunday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Vikings are favored in this game, as they are getting odds of -5 points against the Bears. The over/under total for the game is listed at 41 points. Chicago won the first meeting of the season, 20-10 at home, back on Oct. 31. These two have hit the under in five of their last six meetings.
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Minnesota officially dropped out of the playoffs last week with a 38-25 loss at Green Bay to fall to 7-8 on the season. The Vikings hit just their sixth over of 2016 in the loss, as they are now 9-6 with the under this year. After a hot start, injuries finally caught up with this Minnesota team, especially on offense. The unit is averaging just 19.3 points and 330 yards per game this season. They have the league’s worst rushing attack at just 72.1 yards per game and Sam Bradford has thrown for 3,627 yards and 17 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has been sacked 37 times as well. Defensively, Minnesota has been one of the best units in the league, allowing only 19.8 points and 334.4 yards per game. They have 39 sacks and created 22 turnovers. Danielle Hunter is leading the defense with 51 tackles and 12 sacks.
Chicago lost its third straight last week, 41-21 at home to Washington, to fall to 3-12 on the year. The Bears have hit the over in two straight games to move to 8-7 with the under in 2016. The Bears have an offense that has only produced 17.9 points per game. While Matt Barkley has shown some good play, he has just eight touchdowns with 12 interceptions in his time under center. Jordan Howard has led the offense with 1,178 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Chicago is giving up 24.1 points and 360.3 yards per game. Creating turnovers has been a problem for Chicago, as they have just 10 this season.
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The Bears aren’t a team that should move the ball too well against this Minnesota defense that will be playing for pride in their home finale. However, the Chicago defense also has been able to do well in the past and should pose a challenge for this inept Minnesota offense. I think both defenses will take over this game and lead to a low-scoring contest.
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