Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Pick & Prediction DEC 20TH 2021

Stadium: Soldier Field Chicago
Logo Minnesota Vikings
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Logo Chicago Bears
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OPENER
42.5

-7.5 +100
CURRENT
43o -110

-312
MONEYLINE
+255

17
SCORE
9

Monday Night Football always has entertaining games, and this week is no different. The Minnesota Vikings need to win out just to hope for a playoff spot.

They’re coming off a win over the Steelers that nearly ended in a loss. Could they put another win together against their division rival, the Chicago Bears? Or is another upset on the horizon for the Vikings this week?

The Chicago Bears are looking to spoil all thoughts of the Vikings making the playoffs. They’ll put their best foot forward to keep them out of the running and get a win of their own.

This season, they’re 4-9 and coming off a rough 45-30 loss to the Packers last week. Chicago needs their defense at their best against the Vikings’ weapons, but they have a few ideas to stop them.

Vikings vs. Bears Betting Lines

TV: ESPN

MONEY LINE: Vikings (-190) vs. Bears (+165)

SPREAD: Vikings -3.5 (-110) vs. Bears +3.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 44.5 (-110) vs. Under 44.5 (-110)

Vikings at Bears Preview for MNF Week 15

The Minnesota Vikings have been known to choke in big games. They nearly gave up a huge lead to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.

Luckily for them, the Steelers ran out of gas and time and couldn’t mount a comeback. The Vikings can’t afford any losses, or their season and playoff hopes are done. We’d love to see an incredible defensive game from Mike Zimmer here.

It’s going to be a cold day in Chicago, and passing the ball is going to be difficult. This means the Vikings will have to rely on their running game.

Alexander Mattison is out, and Dalvin Cook is playing injured, so there could be trouble creating a running game. The good news is the Vikings’ offensive line is stout enough to allow any rusher running room, especially Kene Nwangwu.

For the Bears, the plan is quite simple, stop the No.10 rushing offense in the NFL. If they can slow the production of the run, Minnesota will rely on the passing game.

From there, the only player they need to shut down is Justin Jefferson. They can also bring different blitz packages at Kirk Cousins and put him under pressure. Once that’s set, they can worry about offense.

For the Chicago Bears to have a good offensive game, they need to focus on what they do best. This is essentially finding good lanes for Justin Fields to pass in.

Not only that, they can let him use his legs against the Minnesota defense, a problem they struggle with solving. Chicago isn’t a bad team; they just haven’t put themselves in a position to win.

Vikings at Bears Picks

Vikings 23 - Bears 26

We have seen this season the teams that Minnesota has lost to. They’re not always the best teams in the league.

Most recently, they had a 29-27 loss to the Detroit Lions; another time, they gave up a lead. They nearly lost to the Steelers as well, even though the score ended up 36-28. What we noted was that Minnesota gave up 28 points in the second half.

With that being said, we don’t like the Vikings in this game on the road. They’ve gone 2-5 on the road this season and never play well in primetime.

Look for the Bears to get their fifth win of the season and end the Vikings playoff hopes. It might seem like a long shot, but the Vikings have a long way to go before they’re trustworthy.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Minnesota is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against Chicago.

2. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last six games.

3. Minnesota is 1-5 SU in their last six games against Chicago.

Best Bet: Chicago Bears +3.5

PREDICTION
Minnesota Vikings
28
20
Chicago Bears
PREDICTION
Minnesota Vikings
28
20
Chicago Bears

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Recap NOV 16TH 2020

Kirk Cousins threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to Adam Thielen, and the Minnesota Vikings notched a 19-13 win over the host Chicago Bears on Monday night.

Minnesota (4-5) held off a late fourth-quarter drive by the Bears to pick up its third victory in a row. Cousins, who completed 25 of 36 passes and was intercepted once, won for the first time in 10 career starts on Monday night, snapping his record drought.

Nick Foles connected on 15 of 26 passes for 106 yards and an interception for Chicago (5-5), which lost its fourth straight. Foles was carted off the field with 37 seconds to go due to an apparent right leg injury.

Thielen put the Vikings on top for good with a 6-yard touchdown reception with 10:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. The play was his second touchdown catch of the evening and his ninth of the season, which tied him for the league lead with Green Bay's Davante Adams and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill.

An interception by Vikings safety Harrison Smith on the Bears' first possession opened the door for Minnesota to grab an early lead. Cousins capitalized on a short field as he engineered a six-play, 41-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Thielen.

Chicago pulled within 7-6 before halftime thanks to a pair of field goals by Cairo Santos, who connected from 23 yards late in the first quarter and hit from 42 yards late in the second quarter.

Bears kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson started the second half with a 104-yard score as he tied for first place in NFL history with his eighth career kickoff return for a touchdown. The 29-year-old pulled even with Josh Cribbs (2005-14) and Leon Washington (2006-14).

Patterson's milestone touchdown, which put the Bears ahead 13-7, came against the team that drafted him in the first round (No. 29 overall) out of Tennessee in 2013. It also was the longest kickoff return in Bears history, eclipsing a 103-yard touchdown by Gale Sayers against Pittsburgh on Sept. 17, 1967.

A 37-yard field goal by Dan Bailey cut the Vikings' deficit to 13-10 early in the third quarter.

Bailey made another field goal, this one from 43 yards, to make it 13-13 with 1:52 left in the third quarter.

--Field Level Media

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