Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Pick
Date/Time: Sunday, November 25, 1:00 pm EST
NFL Odds from Sportsbook
Point Spread: Bears -4
NFL Betting Game Trends
- Minnesota is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Chicago
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
- Minnesota is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Chicago
- Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chicago
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago’s last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
- Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- Chicago is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Chicago’s last 18 games at home
NFL Pick – Week 12
The Chicago Bears jumped out to a 7-1 start, and they had a nice lead in the NFC North. The team has dropped two straight, and they are now tied atop the division with the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota is only one game behind, and the Vikings will be looking to even things up with the Bears as they visit Soldier Field this weekend. Let’s take a look at this key divisional matchup.
Minnesota started the season off red hot as well, and then the Vikings hit a rough patch. They righted the ship with a big win at home over the Lions two weeks ago. They had a bye week last weekend. The Vikings haven’t played the Bears any so far this year, which means they have two meetings left with their key divisional rival. Adrian Peterson is still the man that makes this team go. He is averaging an amazing 5.8 yards per carry this year, which is the highest of his career. Christian Ponder completed only 54% of his passes last year, but he is completing 65% of his throws this year. Ponder’s growth has allowed this team to take a major step forward. Percy Harvin is the play maker on the outside, and he is listed as questionable for this one.
The Vikings defense has been solid this season. Jared Allen leads the team with seven sacks. Chad Greenway is the team’s leading tackler with 56 tackles. Antoine Winfield is still one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Overall, the Vikings are giving up 22.1 points per game this year.
The Chicago Bears lost a tough home game to Houston Texans, and then they were blasted by the 49ers last weekend. Jay Cutler missed last week’s game with a concussion, and he is listed as questionable for this one. Jason Campbell does have quite a bit of starting experience in the NFL, but the Bears really need to get Cutler back as soon as possible. Matt Forte is having a very good year in the backfield for the Bears. Forte is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and Michael Bush is a nice second-option for the Bears. Brandon Marshall has been great at receiver for the Bears. He has 69 catches and 925 yards receiving this year. The Bears still need a second receiver to step up on the outside to help their passing game. Chicago averages 24.9 points per game.
The strength of the Bears team is clearly their defense. Chicago has been pretty good at not allowing opponents to gain yards, and they have been terrific at forcing turnovers. Tim Jennings leads the team and the entire NFL with eight interceptions this year. Charles Tillman is one of the league’s best players in the secondary as well. Julius Peppers leads the team in sacks with six. This unit is giving up just 16.3 points per game.
Expect a very hard fought game where both teams try to establish the running game first. The Bears need Cutler to play here or they could be in some trouble. I’ll take the Vikings to spring an upset in Chicago this weekend.
Minnesota 20 Chicago 17
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