The Vikes suffered their first loss of the season last week to the Eagles, and will looking to get back on track on Monday Night Football when they face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Eagles beat them 21-10, and the Bears were given a 26-10 trouncing by Green Bay last Thursday night. The Vikings are currently the -5.5 favorites to win according to Sports Interaction’s NFL betting odds.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
Point spread: Vikings -5.5
Date: Monday, October 31, 2016
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago
Bad news, Bears. Brian Hoyer is out indefinitely after suffering a broken arm in the game against the Packers last week. This means that the one and only Jay Cutler will likely return as the Bears’ starting QB this week. It’s not impossible for Cutler to have a good game, we’ve seen him pull off miracles in the past, but as far as consistency goes, Cutler is one of the worst.
This week, a reporter asked Jay Cutler whether he felt as if he had the support of coach John Fox. “Um, he doesn’t have a choice, I guess, at this point,” Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times. “”Brian’s out, so I’ve got to go.”
He’ll be looking to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on the outside to put some numbers on the scoreboard for the Bears, even though he’s yet to get a touchdown reception in his first seven games. Chicago is ranked last in scoring with 15.9 points per game. The Vikings defense is really, really good, so the Bears will just have to do their best to make sure they aren’t shut out.
The Vikings won’t be very happy coming to Soldier Field a week after they dropped their perfect record by losing to the Eagles. They will want to win and they’ll want to win in a big way and the Bears are probably looking very delicious to a team hungry for redemption. At 5-1, the Vikings are one of the best teams in the NFC, backed by a mighty defensive unit and a stellar secondary.
The losses of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Adrian Peterson didn’t spell disaster for Minnesota after all, and their defense is allowing only 14 points per game average, which is the best in the league.
Sam Bradford has looked pretty great this season, although his return to Philly last week didn’t go so well. He converted on 24 of 41 passes for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and was sacked six times. But besides that, he’s been tremendous for the Vikings, racking up 1214 yards in the air with seven touchdowns in five games, with only a single interception so far this year.
Minnesota’s running game was better than it’s average of 74 rushing yards per game last week, totalling 93 yards on the ground.
Vikings vs. Bears Prediction