Bears vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Week 17 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 26, 2017

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Chicago is playing out the string on yet another disappointing season as the supposed “Monsters of the Midway” will finish last in the NFC North a fourth straight season and miss the playoffs for a seventh year in a row.

Chicago
5-11
AT
December 31, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
13-3
Pointspread +13 -105
Moneyline +625
Over / Under o +38

41%

Betting Action

59%

Pointspread -13 -115
Moneyline -875
Over / Under u +38

41%

Betting Action

59%

The Chicago Bears are guaranteed to finish last in the NFC North again as they close the season at the division champion Minnesota Vikings, who are looking for a first-round playoff bye.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

All of the motivation here belongs to the division champion Vikings. They would clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs and the NFC’s No. 2 seed with a victory. However, if Minnesota loses, the Saints lose in Tampa and the Panthers win in Atlanta, Carolina would leapfrog the Vikings for the No. 2 seed. Minnesota wins a head-to-head tiebreaker against New Orleans but loses one to Carolina.

Minnesota looks to sweep Chicago for the first time since 2015 – the Vikings haven’t lost at home in the series since the 2011 season. In Week 5 this year, the Vikes were 3.5-point favourites in Chicago and won 20-17. That was a noteworthy game for a few reasons. First, it might have been the worst first half in the NFL this year with Minnesota leading 3-2 at the break. Second, it was the last time Minnesota opening day starting QB Sam Bradford played. He had returned from a Week 1 injury but clearly wasn’t right and was replaced late in the first half. Case Keenum replaced him and led the Vikings to 17 second-half points and hasn’t given up the job since.

In addition, it was the NFL debut of Bears first-round rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky, who threw for a TD and ran for a 2-point conversion but also had a terrible late interception that led to the game-winning field goal with 12 seconds remaining.

Chicago Bears

There are going to be several head coaches fired next Monday – Black Monday as it’s known – and one of those surely will be the Bears’ John Fox. Chicago (5-10 SU, 7-7-1 ATS) had been 0-7 under Fox as a betting favourite all-time but ended that skid with a 20-3 victory over wretched Cleveland on Sunday. Trubisky, whom the Browns considered selecting with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, threw for 193 yards to set a franchise single-season record for a rookie and rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown. He had one interception that was returned for a touchdown called back due to penalty. Jordan Howard rushed for two touchdowns. Fox might have been fired Sunday had Chicago lost at home to the winless Browns.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota (12-3 SU, 11-4 ATS) won at Green Bay on Saturday night, 16-0, the team’s first shutout since 1993, which is incredibly hard to believe. Ironically, that was also a 16-0 win over the Packers in a prime-time game. It helped quite a bit that Green Bay didn’t have star QB Aaron Rodgers this time. Minnesota actually was outgained 239-236 on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. One piece of bad news from the game was left guard Nick Easton suffering a season-ending fractured ankle. Saturday was the first time since Oct. 9 that all five Vikings starting offensive linemen started a game together.

Bears vs. Vikings Prediction

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