Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
The Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears face off on Sunday in Minnesota in a NFC North NFL match up. The Bears are -3 point favorites over the Bears with an over/under point total set at 40.
The Minnesota Vikings have exceeded most expectations this season but with a late season run they have a chance to make the playoffs. Christian Ponder has completed 62.5 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while being sacked 27 times. Adrian Peterson has rushed for 1,446 yards with eight touchdowns while catching 36 passes. Percy Harvin has missed the last two weeks but he has 62 catches and three touchdowns, Kyle Rudolph has 45 catches and eight touchdowns, and Michael Jenkins has 30 catches. Defensively the Vikings allow 22.7 points, 115.1 rushing yards, and 229.8 passing yards with seven interceptions and 29 sacks. Chad Greenway has 123 tackles, Antoine Winfield has 90 tackles, and Jared Allen has 8.5 sacks. This game will go a long way in deciding the playoff picture in the NFC.
The Chicago Bears have lost three of their last four games and they have gone from leading the NFC North to possibly not making the playoffs in a matter of a week. Jay Cutler has completed 61.2 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Matt Forte is averaging 4.2 yards per carry with three touchdowns and he has 30 catches while Michael Bush is averaging 3.6 yards per carry with five touchdowns. Brandon Marshall has 91 catches and eight touchdowns and Earl Bennett has 23 catches but the Bears receiving corps has been hit by the injury bug. Defensively the Bears allow 16.5 points per game, 103.5 rushing yards, and 216.2 passing yards with 20 interceptions and 32 sacks and they are plus 14 in turnovers. Lance Briggs has 70 tackles, Brian Urlacher has 68 tackles, and Charles Tillman has 67 tackles and eight forced fumbles. The Bears will need to find some answers fast as last week’s loss to Seattle was a bad one as the Seahawks drove right down the field in overtime for the game winning touchdown.
Minnesota is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 4-13-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games against NFC teams. Chicago is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 1-4 against the spread against the NFC, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five games after allowing over 350 yards. Chicago has covered in the last six meetings of these two.
The books seem to be dialed into this one but what we can expect is a close hard hitting divisional battle and while I see the Bears winning I will take the field goal seeing that being good enough for a push at worst.
Minnesota Vikings +3 Chicago Bears