Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings Prediction ATS
Chicago Bears (6-10 SU, 6-10 ATS) at Minnesota Vikings (7-9, 8-8), 1/9/22
When: 1 pm ET Sunday, Jan. 9
Where: US Bank Stadium
Point Spread: Minn -2.5 (BetOnline - 35% crypto reloads!)
Two teams playing out the string on lost seasons will complete their campaigns when the Vikings host the Bears for a Black and Blue rivalry bout Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis. Neither of these teams made the playoffs this season, so this game is for pride, possibly for a pair of lame-ducks coaches and with question marks at quarterback.
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NFL Betting Lines
The Week 18 NFL betting odds opened Minnesota as a six-point favorite for Sunday’s game, with an over/under of right around 45. Early betting action then steamed that line down to -2.5.
Bears Betting Preview
Chicago, eliminated from playoff contention a few weeks ago, is 2-0 both SU and ATS its last two times out after beating the punch-less Giants last week 29-3. The Bears turned a takeaway into a touchdown 18 seconds into the game, did it again six minutes later, led 22-3 at the half, and eased home from there for the victory and the cover as seven-point favorites.
Chicago, with Andy Dalton back at quarterback, only produced 249 yards of total offense last week but held New York to just 151. The Bears also got out-rushed by the Giants 161-87 but won the turnover battle 4-2, creating a +14 points differential.
Chicago has now actually out-gained six of its last eight opponents, although it’s also been out-rushed by six of its last seven foes.
Two weeks ago, the Bears rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win at Seattle 25-24.
At 6-10 overall Chicago will miss the playoffs this season after qualifying as a wild-card entry last season. The Bears will also play under their season wins over/under, which was 7.5.
Vikings Betting Preview
Minnesota, meanwhile, is 0-2 both SU and ATS its last two times out after falling at Green Bay last Sunday night 37-10. The Vikings, with Sean Mannion making his third career start at quarterback, only trailed the Packers 6-0 late into the second quarter, then gave up two quick Green Bay scores and trailed 20-3 at the half. Minnesota then gave up the first 10 points of the second half and whiffed ATS as a 13-point dog.
The Vikings got out-gained by the Packers 481-206, out-rushed 174-27, and lost time of possession by a huge 39:21 split.
So Minnesota has been out-gained by six of its last ten opponents and out-rushed by five of its last nine foes.
Two weeks ago, the Vikings lost at home to the Rams 30-23.
At 7-9 overall, Minnesota will miss the playoffs for the second straight season. The Vikings will also play under their wins O/U for this season, which was 8.5.
Bears-Vikings Recent History
Chicago is 5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS over the last seven meetings with Minnesota, but the Vikings took the first meeting between these teams this season 17-9 at Soldier Field three weeks ago. Minnesota actually got out-gained by the Bears that night 370-193 but won the turnover battle 3-1, creating a +6 points differential.
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NFL Betting Trends
- Home teams are 129-123 SU, 119-133 ATS in the NFL this season.
- Favorites are 161-93 SU, 124-130 ATS in the NFL this season.
Under are 10-6 in Bears games this season, which are averaging 42 total points.
Overs are 10-6 in Vikings games this season, which are averaging 50 points.
The Under is 139-115 (55 percent) in the NFL this season.
The Under is 6-3 over the last nine meetings between these two teams.
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Chicago is playing the better ball as of late, and the best unit on the field Sunday will be the Bears defense. So we don’t care who’s playing quarterback for either of these teams Sunday; we like Chicago for the win. Bet your Saints vs. Falcons picks and ALL your Week 18 NFL bets FREE by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $500 at GTBets Sportsbook!
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