Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears – NFL Week 10, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings bounced back from a couple of losses to the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons with a pair of victories over divisional rivals Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. Although still three wins behind the Packers, a potential win over the Bears could put Minnesota back in the playoff race and top of the NFC North.
The Chicago Bears, on the other hand, are on a negative run of three straight defeats after starting the season with five wins in six games. They lost to the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and most recently, the Tennessee Titans on the road. Chicago cannot afford to lose another one as they dropped to a 5-3 record and 2nd place in the division. Check out my Vikings vs. Bears betting preview.
Vikings vs. Bears Odds
Vikings Scored Season-High 34 Points in a Win Over the Lions
The Minnesota Vikings displayed the best offensive but also defensive performance in a 34-20 home victory over the Detroit Lions, mostly thanks to the opening quarter in which they scored 13 unanswered points. But the first individual the Vikings have to thank is a fantastic running back Delvin Cook, who shredded Detroit’s defense to pieces. Although they had fewer first downs than the Lions (22-30), the Vikings totaled 487 yards opposite Detroit’s 421, while their D forced three turnovers and offense committed none on the other end.
Kirk Cousins completed 13 of 20 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Interestingly, he connected with Irv Smith twice in the end zone, even though Smith ended the game with only two receptions, while the third TD pass went to Ameer Abdullah, his only receptions of the tilt. Justin Jefferson led the receivers with 64 yards on three catches, but Dalvin Cook was the hero of the game with amazing 206 yards and two scores on 22 carries, the best display of his career. On the defensive end, Eric Wilson (13 tackles), Kris Boyd (11), and Harrison Smith (10) dominated with double-digit tackles.
The Vikings are the 12th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 27.1 points per game, 25th in passing yards (221.6), 3rd in rushing yards (160.4), while they have the 25th defense that allows 29.3 points per contest.
Bears Scoreless in the First Three Quarters in a Loss to the Titans
The Chicago Bears are struggling on offense for years and that is a very good known fact, but if they think to go scoreless in the opening three quarters and win a game in the NFL, they are living a lie. Chicago found its offensive rhythm in the final 15 minutes and scored 17 points, but it was too late to avoid a 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on the road. Curiously, the Bears collected 375 yards opposite Tennessee’s 228 and had twice as many first downs (22-11), but that was all useless in the end because they committed two turnovers, while the Titans kept that number to zero.
Nick Foles completed 36 of 52 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdowns went to Jimmy Graham (55 yards on six receptions) and Ryan Nall (35 yards on four catches), while Allen Robinson II led the team in receiving yards with 81 on seven receptions. The running offense was ineffective as the Bears recorded 56 yards and no TDs on 20 carries (2.8 yards per carry). Roquan Smith was once again a rock-solid on defense with 11 tackles (nine solos) and one sack.
The Bears are the 28th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 19.8 points per game, 21st in passing yards (235.4), worst in rushing yards (82.3), while they have the 7th defense that allows 21.1 points per contest.
Vikings vs. Bears Betting Pick
Probably one of the toughest matchups to predict in Week 9, I would like to avoid betting on it. However, we know that the Bears cannot win games through their offense and that they are heavily relying on D, which wasn’t the case only in a win over Atlanta, but the Falcons’ defense is pathetic anyway. Only one of the previous six H2H duels produced more than 44.5 points, which is set as the total for this encounter, and only because of that H2H record, I am going with Under in this one.