A timeless rivalry this is, indeed, as the Bears and Vikings have come together 109 times. Minnesota has the slightest of upper hands (56-51-2) and has also won the last two meetings in a row. Division rivalry games are always tough to predict, but Minnesota’s recent winning streak aside, we certainly know these teams don’t usually blow each other out. In fact, the last six meetings between these two have been separated by 8 points or less.
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The Vikings have been a mild playoff surprise, as Adrian Peterson has returned to form after a year off and Minnesota’s rising defense has been borderline elite at times. The one thing holding the Vikes back? Their would-be franchise quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. There’s little doubt that Bridgewater has been better than their previous solutions, but his short-comings in creating big plays down the field have clearly held the offense back. Bridgewater and the Vikes did enough to top the Bears in Chicago earlier this year, but they’ve become stagnant in a stretch where they’ve lost three of their last four games. If they’re going to make the playoffs, they may need a big game or two out of Bridgewater to close the regular season, and they may need the first one to come this week.
The NFL moneyline odds at most US sports betting sites is at -260 for the Minnesota vikings and with the point spread da Bears are getting +6 points.
There is just too much riding on this game for Minnesota to imagine them blowing it and dropping further from the top of the NFC North. Chicago has had some success on the road and will be up to play spoiler, but the Vikings won the first game and could use a big sweep to propel them into the playoff conversation.
If you’re looking for extra data, the numbers support backing Minnesota here. The Vikes are an impressive 4-0 ATS this year when they face a team with a losing record in 2015 and are also a strong 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home contests. There is support for the Bears, though, too. Chicago is 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games, overall. The Bears have been a better road team in general this year, too, with a solid 4-2 record away from Soldier Field.