The NFL action carries on with Week 5 as we have ten afternoon games on Sunday, October 9, including this NFC North tilt, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Bears vs. Vikings betting pick and odds.
Minnesota is hoping to stay atop of the NFC with the fourth win of the season when they welcome Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings are 7-point favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 44 points. These NFC North foes have met on two occasions in 2021, and the Vikings won both games.
Bears failed to score a TD in a loss to the Giants
The Chicago Bears (2-2) lost their second road game of the campaign as the New York Giants were better and won 20-12. Chicago couldn’t get to the end zone and had to settle with four field goals, all converted by Michael Badgley, who was 4/4 in this one. We saw five turnovers in this game; the Bears committed three.
Justin Fields completed just 11 of 22 passes for 174 yards. He was solid on the ground, though, with 52 yards on seven carries, while Khalil Herbert led the team in rushing with 77 on 19 attempts. Darnell Mooney led all the receivers with 94 yards on four catches. New York’s defense was better and recorded six sacks opposite the Bears’ one. As usual, Roquan Smith was the most active on Chicago’s D with ten tackles.
RB David Montgomery (ankle) and OL Cody Whitehair (knee) are out indefinitely. K Cairo Santos (personal), TE Ryan Griffin (Achilles), LB Matthew Adams (hamstring), and CB Jaylon Johnson (quad) are questionable to play on Sunday against Minnesota.
Vikings beat the Saints in London
The Minnesota Vikings (3-1) returned home from London, England, where they faced the New Orleans Saints and secured a 28-25 victory. It was a one-possession game through the entirety of it and it could go either way, but Minnesota got an edge thanks to Greg Joseph’s 47-yard field goal with only 24 seconds to go. The Vikings were in a losing position only once in this encounter.
Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 38 passes for 273 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Alexander Mattison was the one to get that lone TD pass from Cousins, but Justin Jefferson stole the spotlight with game-high 147 yards on ten receptions. He also had a rushing touchdown. Adam Thielen was productive with 72 yards on eight catches, while Dalvin Cook led all the runners with 76 yards on 20 rushes. Defensively, Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks combined for 15 tackles.
S Lewis Cine has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a compound fracture in his leg. He will miss the rest of the season.
- 1-5 ATS in the last six road games
- 3-13 ATS in the last 16 vs. NFC North rivals
- 5-16 ATS in the last 21 vs. NFC opponents
- 11-4 ATS in the last 15 games in Week 5
Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick
Minnesota won both home games this season and both came against divisional rivals, and I have no doubt they will record the third one on Sunday. Chicago has the second-worst offense in the NFL that is averaging 16.0 ppg and the worst pass offense that averages 97.5 yards per contest. The Vikings’ defense is not great against running, and that’s Chicago’s chance, considering the Bears are the third-best in that compartment with 177.3 ypg. Still, the Vikings are better as a whole, and even if they struggle through the air, which I highly doubt, the hosts can turn to Dalvin Cook and the run offense as Chicago has the weakest run defense in the league.
Pick: Take the Vikings at -6.5 (-125)
I don’t think the Vikings will allow more than 16 points to the Bears, which is Chicago’s average so far in the season. On the other hand, the Bears do have a solid defense, but Minnesota has several offensive weapons and has the potential to score around 30. However, I don’t believe the Bears will allow it. After all, Chicago didn’t allow more than 27 points this year. Under is 5-2 in the Bears’ last seven vs. NFC North opponents, while Under is 19-8 in the Bears’ previous 27 vs. a team with a winning record.
Pick: Go Under 44.5 points (-125)