NFL Free Pick: CHI/MIN
The Sunday Night Football matchup features a team battling for first place in the NFC North when the Minnesota Vikings host the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Vikings –3.5 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 41.5 total points.
Key Trend: The Vikings are 4-2 against the spread in their last six games when playing at home against Chicago, while the Bears are just 2-4 against the spread in their last six games period. The total has also gone over in four of Minnesota’s last six games when playing Chicago.
Key Stat: The Vikings are only allowing only 70.6 rushing yards a game and 228.5 passing yards a game.
Game Outlook: Expect a physical, close matchups between these two teams. The Bears trounced the hapless Rams last week, while the Vikings are coming off an impressive victory over the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The Vikings don’t have the air game to get into a shootout, but their running game is sound with Adrian Peterson. The Bears haven’t been the Bears this season, allowing 244.2 passing yards a game and 21.3 points per game. This won’t be easy, but the Bears are so banged up defensively that Minnesota should walk away with a much-needed victory. But will the hook be a concern? If you can buy the hook or get the Vikings at –3, you would obviously be better off. Bet the over in this game, too. It won’t be a shootout, but these two teams usually strike for big plays against each other.
Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 13 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings game is
MINNESOTA VIKINGS –3.5
TheSpread.com Projected Final Score
Minnesota Vikings 24
Chicago Bears 20
We also predict that this game will GO OVER THE TOTAL (41.5 Sportsbook.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS
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Posted: 11/30/08 1:30PM ET