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2020-11-17
Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears
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Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction & Preview


 

 

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Minnesota Vikings (3-5) vs. Chicago Bears (5-4)

The Chicago Bears look to snap their three-game losing streak when they host the suddenly surging Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Chicago suffered a tough loss against Tennessee last Sunday, falling 24-17. The Vikings won their second game in a row, defeating Detroit, 34-20, and are looking for their third straight victory against NFC North teams.

Chicago has won the last four meetings against Minnesota, including a 21-19 victory in December of last year. The Vikings have not defeated the Bears since New Year’s Eve of 2017. Minnesota enters is a three-point favorite.

Late Line Movements and Injury Reports Are As Of Monday Afternoon

Line Movements:

The line has shifted substantially in this contest, moving from the hosts toward the visitors. Chicago opened as a two-point favorite and as of Monday afternoon, they can now be found as a three or 3.5-point dog at most sportsbooks in this NFC North battle. A slim majority, 53 percent, of the bets are backing the Vikings giving the points as the visiting team in this contest.

The over/under has moved down as the week has gone on. After opening at 46.5 points, the total sits at 44 points at most sportsbooks, for this one. A narrow majority, 62 percent, of the wagers on the total in this contest are of the mindset that this one goes Over the total.

Game-time Weather: It’s going to be a cool evening in the Windy City for a mid-November night. The temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the mid-40s with the real-feel checking in somewhere in the mid-30s under clear skies. The temperature will drop into the low-40s with the real-feel in the low-30s as the game goes on. There is no precipitation in the forecast for this one. Winds are expected to come out of the west at 13 miles per hour with the gusts topping out around 17 miles per hour.

Minnesota Vikings Injury Report:

OUT: LB Anthony Barr, LB Todd Davis, S Myles Dorn, CB Mark Fields II, CB Holton Hill, CB Mike Hughes, DE Danielle Hunter, DB George Iloka, DT Michael Pierce, LB Cameron Smith, TE Irv Smith Jr., DE Kenny Willekes

Questionable: CB Cameron Dantzler

Chicago Bears Injury Report:

OUT: CB Artie Burns, TE Darion Clark, RB Tarik Cohen, G James Daniels, NT Eddie Goldman, NT John Jenkins, DB Michael Joseph, DB Jordan Lucas, T Bobby Massie, CB Sherrick McManis, RB David Montgomery, K Eddy Piniero, DB Tre Roberson, DE Roy Robertson-Harris, OL Lachavious Simmons, QB Mitch Trubisky, C Cody Whitehair, WR Javon Wims

Doubtful: OL Sam Mustipher

Questionable: S Eddie Jackson, TE Cole Kmet, LB Barkevious Mingo, WR Allen Robinson II, T Jason Spriggs

 

 

Cook Steamrolls Lions in Vikings Victory

Running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a decisive 24-10 over the Detroit Lions. Minnesota rushed for 275 yards total in the game, helping to spur an offense that produced 487 total yards.

 

The performance now gives Cook 858 yards rushing, most in the NFL. His 12-rushing touchdown also ranks first as does his 13 total touchdowns. Cook has rushed for at least 130 yards in four of his last five games and has nine touchdowns during that span.

While the offense is stepping up their game, ranked 12 the 27.1 points per contest, the defense is still struggling to establish themselves. They are 25th in the NFL in points allowed at 29.3 and have allowed at least 20 points in seven of their eight games this season. Minnesota allowed 421 yards to Detroit last week but did come up with three interceptions and a sack. They now have 16 sacks, six interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.

 

Bears Stumble to Third Straight Loss

The Chicago Bears were once the toast of the NFC, but three straight losses have them suddenly hearing footprints as the Vikings are closing in. After dropping an overtime thriller to New Orleans two weeks ago, Chicago fell behind Tennessee 24-3, then rallied for 14 straight points but could not get the equalizer.

 

Chicago quarterback Nick Foles had a big day, completing 36 of 52 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown for nearly 870 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games, but Chicago has lost them all.

It is the struggles of the running game that is stymieing the Bears success. David Montgomery rushed for 30 yards on 14 carries against Tennessee and has rushed for more than 58 yards in just one of his last five contests.

After yielding more than 20 points just twice through the first seven games, the Chicago defense has allowed at least 24 in each of the three losses. The defense allowed just 228 yards against Tennessee, but a 63-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 40-yard touchdown pass proved to be too much to overcome. The Chicago defense has 20 sacks, five interceptions, and for fumble recoveries this season.



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