At the beginning of the season Minnesota was the Pro Football betting favorite to dominate the NFC North. On the other hand, the Chicago Bears were ignored as a serious contender in that division. In this situation Sunday’s matchup between these teams has a surprising look. It is true that Minnesota is starting to play better football after a bad start. But it is the Bears who lead the NFC North. Consistent with that, Sunday is the biggest game of the year for Chicago. In turn a win over the Vikings can give them a divisional stranglehold.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
Date and Time: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Pro Football Betting odds at SBG:
|Vikings||+2½ (-110)||45 (-110)|
|Bears||-2½ (-110)||45 (-110)|
Vikings vs. Bears TV Coverage: NBC
Minnesota enters Chicago with a record of 5-3-1 straight up, 5-3-1 vs. the board, and 4-5 under the total. Last time out the Vikings dominated Detroit 24-9 with a bye week afterwards. Namely Kirk Cousins arrival as quarterback added to the hype for Minnesota. So far Cousins has delivered with a 102.2 rating with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Of great concern is the lack of a breakaway receiver for the Vikings. Extending Minnesota’s credentials is a defense ranked fifth in the NFL.
Chicago is 6-3 both straight up and against the line with six games going over. Last week Bears scored a 34-22 home payout over Detroit. It was the third consecutive win and cover for the Bears. Fashion a defense that ranks fourth best in the NFL. Indeed, it brings back the franchise moniker of “Monsters of the Midway.” Secondly Chicago’s offense ranks fifth in the NFL for scoring. On the whole new head coach Matt Nagy’s offensive prowess is a proven asset. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a 101.6 rating with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Stats to Consider
Minnesota has been in the red as a Football betting road dog as of late. For example, the Vikings have covered just two of their last seven games getting points on the road. And three of their last four in that role have gone under the total. Counter to that is the Bears good recent value as a home chalk. Chicago has covered five consecutive games laying points at Soldier Field. Four of their last six in that situation have gone under the total.
Team vs. Team
Head to head the Bears have had the recent sports betting edge against Minnesota. In fact, Chicago has covered three of their last four games with the Vikings. Seven of the last nine games between these teams have gone under the number. Furthermore, the Bears have dominated the cashier’s cage at home against the Vikings. Consider Minnesota has covered just three of their last 15 visits to Soldier Field. Five of the last six in this series at the Windy City have gone under the total.
Matchup to Watch
As was previously noted Minnesota is at a Football betting matchup disadvantage at Chicago. Additionally, they have not been a reliable road dog. From this point the Bears have the hot hand at home and head to head. Increasingly the Bears are earning respect.
Vikings vs. Bears Football Betting Picks
To conclude the Bears are the call to take control of the NFC North.
Vikings vs. Bears Football Betting Pick: Chicago Bears
Vikings vs. Bears Football Betting Score Prediction: Bears 24, Vikings 19
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