Monday Night Football Player Props for NFL Week 10 – Vikings vs. Bears

| November 13, 2020 8:58 am PDT

Don’t look now, but the Minnesota Vikings are on a tear. It’s only led to two straight wins, but the Vikes have honestly looked very good on offense for quite some time now.

We’re only noticing now because Dalvin Cook is starting to drop record-breaking performances, and has people dreaming about a running back winning the NFL MVP.

Could Dalvin Cook actually win the league MVP? Well, the production is there, but his 3-5 Vikings probably need to win a lot more for it to become a realistic debate.

Minnesota can try to get their fourth win in front of the nation on Monday Night Football, where they hit the road to battle the rival Chicago Bears.

If you want to bet on this game, check out our Vikings vs. Bears week 10 betting preview. I’ve got you covered for the best player props for MNF in week 10, though.

My Monday Night Football player prop bets crushed last week, as Cam Newton scored a touchdown (+120), Damien Harris was held under 75.5 rushing yards (-133), Jakobi Meyers hauled in way more than 3.5 catches (-125), and LaMical Perine had under 45.5 rushing yards (-115).

Let’s keep the good times rolling with some Vikings vs. Bears props to target on MNF this week.

Dalvin Cook to Score the First Touchdown (+400)

You can play it much safer and bet on Dalvin Cook to simply score at any point (-200), and honestly, it’s a fine bet to pair with this.

Cook has been a scoring machine, both lately and on the year.

The odds are quite good Cook finds the end-zone in some capacity this week, even against a solid Bears defense that has been especially stingy inside the red-zone.

Minnesota has been a different team the past couple of weeks, though, and Cook being unstoppable has been a huge reason why. I love him to strike first in this game, and the -200 bet for any touchdown is obviously a stable option.

Dalvin Cook Over 82.5 Rushing Yards (-115)

Is this just a post about Dalvin Cook prop bets? Why yes, yes it is.

Kidding aside, Cook is by far the best player in this game, and even in a tough matchup, you better believe I’ll be looking to him when it comes to week 10 MNF player props.

The first wager I looked at was a tad ambitious, but this one should even things out when it comes to risk. Cook has been ablaze lately, putting up 163 and 206 rushing yards over his last two contests.

On the year, Cook has easily topped this rushing yardage mark three times, and had it not been for blowouts, he would have been on pace to do it at least two more times.

Chicago gets a lot of credit for their run defense, but in terms of yardage, they’ve actually allowed the 11th most to running backs. Cook has the talent and volume to beat this matchup, and this 82.5 yardage total isn’t even that high based on who he’s been this year.

Dalvin Cook Over 15.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

As dangerous as Cook is as a runner and scorer, he’s so dynamic that we also need to consider betting on what he can do as a receiver.

This is a true feature back we’re talking about, as Cook is heavily involved in Minnesota’s offense, and can do serious damage in the passing game, as well.

Despite a slow start as a member of the Vikings passing attack, we’ve seen Cook get much more involved lately, hauling in nine catches over the last three weeks, and churning out yardage totals of 24, 63, and 46 yards.

He’s topped this specific receiving yardage total in each of his last five games, too. With the Bears being just a middle of the pack unit at stopping pass-catching backs, I have no issues targeting Cook’s yardage total here.

Kirk Cousins Under 227.5 Passing Yards (-115)

Obviously I’m blinded by my love for Dalvin Cook, but due to that, I’m not too into the idea of betting on Kirk Cousins lighting up the Bears

If Minnesota has it’s way, they’ll give the Bears a heavy dose of Cook, and Cousins won’t be asked to do much work. That’s been the recipe for success the past two games, where Cousins put up a grand total of 34 attempts.

No, no I do not.

It’s translated into 220 and 160 passing yards in that span, while Cousins has been held under 260 passing yards in every game but one in 2020.

Oh, and the Bears have a pretty good defense. It has held opposing quarterbacks to a collective 84 rating (4th lowest in the league), as well 6.7 yards per attempt (4th) and a 60.2% completion rate (2nd).

Translation: this defense is pretty good. Trusting in Captain Kirk has never been something that’s fun, either. I’ll gladly bet the Under, even though this passing yardage total is a bit low.

Adam Thielen Under 58.5 Receiving Yards (-115)

I am a fan of Thielen’s game. He’s fast, athletic, and runs some of the most complex routes in the league. That crazy package of skills allows him to win in even the most difficult matchups, but this week he really has his hands full trying to beat Kyle Fuller’s elite coverage.

It’s possible Thielen doesn’t see Fuller all game, but the Bears are also good against the pass in general, which I detailed in the Kirk Cousins prop bet blurb.

Chicago is also specifically damaging to opposing wide receivers. They’ve allowed the 7th fewest receiving yards to the position, and 8th fewest receptions.

On top of that, Dalvin Cook’s recent dominance has curbed Thielen’s upside in the offense. He’s seen no more than five targets or three catches in each of his last three games.

He is capable of making one big play to make me look silly here, but he has failed to top this yardage total in each of the last three weeks, and five times on the year. 

Summary

Is it really as simple as assuming Chicago’s strong defense and Minnesota’s commitment to the running game makes this a slugfest that leads to a bunch of winning Dalvin Cook props?

Yeah, probably.

Barring an implosion by Kirk Cousins where Minnesota is down big, I don’t really see why the Vikings would go from a game script that is clearly working.

Minnesota’s defense is playing better than it was earlier in the year, too. That’s bad news for a Bears offense that has struggled so badly that outside voices have called for a return to Mitch Trubisky under center.

I mean, it doesn’t get much worse than that.

All roads lead to another big day for Dalvin Cook. Just how big of a day, of course, can dictate how you wager on week 10 Monday Night Football player prop bets.

Like my week 10 MNF player props? Consider betting on them wherever you bet on sports online.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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