Bears vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Predictions: Week 17 Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 24, 2019

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Locked into a post-season seed, the Vikings have essentially no motivation when they close the season at home vs. the playoff-eliminated Bears.

Chicago
8-8
AT
December 29, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
10-6
Pointspread -5 -115
Moneyline -220
Over / Under o +35.5

39%

Betting Action

61%

Pointspread +5 -105
Moneyline +183
Over / Under u +35.5

39%

Betting Action

61%

Last year on the way to winning the NFC North Division, the Bears swept the rival Vikings, including 24-10 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 17. Minnesota missed the playoffs in 2018 with an 8-7-1 record but is in this year.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Chicago has been one of the NFC’s disappointments this season and will not be playing extra football with a third-place finish in the North locked in. However, the Bears can sweep the Vikings again. In Week 4 at Soldier Field, the Bears were 16-6 winners. The teams combined for just 491 yards. Chicago starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was knocked out early with a shoulder injury. Backup Chase Daniel played well in his place, throwing for 195 yards and a touchdown.

Trubisky is back healthy now, and don’t be surprised if this is Daniel’s final game in a Bears uniform (not that he should take the field). He’s a pending free agent and it’s believed the team wants to bring in a higher-calibre quarterback to potentially push Trubisky for the starting job. Someone like former Heisman winner Marcus Mariota perhaps. Mariota won the Heisman at Oregon playing under current Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

The Bears have covered five straight games in the series. The under is 4-1 in those five.

Chicago Bears

The main reason for Chicago’s disappointing season was on display last Sunday night in a 26-3 home embarrassment to Kansas City. The defence played pretty well as it has all year, but Trubisky and the offence were terrible. The former No. 2 overall pick was 18-for-34 for only 157 yards, a meager 4.6 yards per attempt. The coaching staff clearly doesn’t trust him to throw downfield.

Star defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was held out after just returning from a long injury absence in Week 15, and he surely won’t play here. Fellow tackle Eddie Goldman left with a concussion, and no reason to play Goldman even if cleared. Receiver Taylor Gabriel and right tackle Bobby Massie missed the game injured as well and also likely are done for the year.

Chicago is 0-5 ATS in its past five road games.

Minnesota Vikings

It’s a short week for the Vikings as they lost 23-10 on Monday against the visiting Green Bay Packers – QB Kirk Cousins is now 0-9 in his career in Monday games. Minnesota clearly missed star running back Dalvin Cook, who was out injured.

The Vikings had just 139 total yards and seven first downs against a good but not great Packers defence. Cousins was sacked five times. That win gave Green Bay the NFC North title and has locked Minnesota into the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs (opponent TBA next weekend). So Coach Mike Zimmer could opt to rest some starters for this one — almost surely means Cook will sit again at a minimum — with nothing to play for.

The Vikings are 6-2-1 ATS in their past nine vs. teams with a losing record.

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