Bears vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Week 18 Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Jan 06, 2022

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins will return for the season finale after missing last week’s 37-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers after testing positive for COVID-19.

Chicago
6-11
AT
January 09, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
8-9
Pointspread +4 -105
Moneyline +154
Over / Under o +45

28%

Betting Action

72%

Pointspread -4 -115
Moneyline -185
Over / Under u +45

28%

Betting Action

72%

The Minnesota Vikings aren’t about to give their division rivals from Chicago a pass, even in a matchup with zero playoff implications. The Vikings are expected to play most of their starters – including a returning Kirk Cousins – in Sunday’s regular-season finale against a visiting Bears team that has won two in a row and can finish level with Minnesota in the standings with a win. Chicago will be seeking revenge after dropping a 17-9 home decision in Week 15. The NFL odds board has the Vikings set as 5.5-point favourites, with a 44.5-point total.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Minnesota’s against the spread (ATS) fate for the season will be decided Sunday, with the Vikings having gone 8-8 through their first 16 games. The Bears, on the other hand, have been a major disappointment for spread bettors with a 6-10 mark (including identical 3-5 records at home and on the road). And yet, this might be an opportunity for Chicago to extend its strong finish to the season; it has gone 6-3 ATS in the last nine head-to-head meetings, and 5-2 SU in the past seven.

These teams might be headed in opposite directions, but the Sports Interaction crowd (86 per cent ATS) is still squarely in favour of the home side. The O/U trend is decidedly different, with bettors split right down the middle on the total of 44.5 (at -110 on both sides). The Bears are 10-6 to the Under for the year, but a more even 4-4 on the road. Minnesota is 10-6 O/U, but only 3-4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Chicago Bears

Sunday’s game was supposed to be Justin Fields’ final taste of rookie-year action – but it appears that won’t be the case. Fields was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list Thursday and is unlikely to be cleared in time for the game. It’s a disappointing end to an up-and-down season for the first-round pick, threw for 1,870 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions while adding 420 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Andy Dalton will likely start in his place.

Minnesota Vikings

While the Bears will be forced to use their second option at QB, the Vikings are getting their No. 1 back. Kirk Cousins will return for the season finale after missing last week’s 37-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers after testing positive for COVID-19. Cousins needs 329 passing yards against the Bears on Sunday to reach 4,300 for the season, which would be his best showing in four seasons with Minnesota (and the second-highest total in franchise history).

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