The Chicago Bears head to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings, in the second of their NFC North divisional matchups this season. The Vikings beat the Bears 19-13 their first time around in Chicago, however they will be with their QB Kirk Cousins this time. The Bears are coming off a close loss to the Detroit Lions last week. After being in control most of the game, Chicago allowed the Lions to come back from a 26-14 deficient, with only 4 minutes left in the fourth, to lose 31-26.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Minnesota is currently favored over Chicago in tonight’s game. We have been using Tallysight to get our picks in each week, so sign up at Tallysight for submitting your own bets.
I was actually impressed with Chicago’s offense last week, despite the defense crumbling late in the game. Quarterback Justin Fields played efficiently, going 16/23 with 169 yards and a touchdown, no interceptions, and another 104 yards rushing.
Currently the Bears hold two picks in the top 4 of next years NFL draft, including Carolina’s pick which is slated to be the number one overall right now. With a Bears win over Minnesota tonight, their fourth overall selection could potentially plummet down to seven. With no real chance at the playoffs, it potentially would be in Chicago’s best interest to lose this game vs the Vikings. However, if head coach Matt Eberflus hopes to keep his job, he may need a win tonight, and is probably not very concerned about next season’s implications at the moment.
Meanwhile, Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell has really impressed in the job he’s done with the team despite losing their starting QB a few weeks ago. O’Connell has the Vikings at 6-5 and currently sitting in a wild card spot. That said, the more film teams get on starter Josh Dobbs, the more I believe the backup quarterback will be figured out.
I have the Bears pulling off one of the most “Bear-sy” type moves, and setting themselves further back in the draft with a win tonight. Coming off a pretty strong showing through three quarters against Detroit last week, I also think they will cover the spread as well. I am taking the under in this one though as I don’t think either the Bears offense, or Dobbs and the Vikings, will be any big threat to score a ton of points.