The dynamic surrounding Monday night’s game between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings might call for a certain kind of contest to be played. And that is one of the things you can take a look at, and even bet on, when you have an account at BetAnySports.
The Chicago-Minnesota game presents an interesting matchup of quarterbacks, as the Bears send out former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles against Kirk Cousins of the Vikings.
Let’s point out a couple of things from the outset. Cousins has the advantage of having NFL-leading rusher Dalvin Cook at his disposal. And he is leading the league with 8.9 yards per pass attempt.
Foles doesn’t really have any running backs he can depend on, with David Montgomery out of action with a concussion. And he is well down the list with 6.1 yards per attempt.
So let’s take a look at some of these NFL props:
Nick Foles – Pass Attempts
Over 36.5 attempts -115
Under 36.5 attempts -115
Nick Foles – Pass Completions
Over 23.5 completions -130
Under 23.5 completions +100
One of the primary story lines in this game involves Bears coach Matt Nagy handing the play-calling duties over to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
While it is true that this will still be, for all intents and purposes, Nagy’s offense, assigning the play-calling duties to Lazor may serve a certain purpose. That’s because Foles feels as if the plays as Nagy called them did not give him enough time to execute. So let’s, for the sake of argument, say that this has been a subject of priority for this week, we’ll give Foles the possibility of working under better circumstances. Don’t get us wrong; this probably won’t sustain itself. But the first time out, it may have an effect.
Lazor, when he was the O-coordinator with the Miami Dolphins, was let go for a lot of reasons, one of which was that he had little regard for the running game. Keep in mind that the Bears have run the ball only 33.7% of the time. That is 32nd and last in the NFL.
Since he has almost nothing to choose from when it comes to running backs on Monday night, we fully expect Foles to be flinging the ball all over the place. Seriously, what else is he going to do? So for these above props, we’re on the OVER bandwagon all the way.
This is another one from BetAnySports:
Nick Foles – Passing Yards
Over 270.5 yards -105
Under 270.5 yards -135
Here, we won’t commit. We can’t guarantee that Foles is going to throw for a lot of yards. Yes, he will throw a lot. Yes, a lot of those throws will be short and low-risk. And no, they won’t establish any ground game. Also, Minnesota gives up 288 passing yards a game. But we can’t really speculate as to how much success he’ll really have.
Kirk Cousins – Pass Attempts
Over 27.5 attempts -120
Under 27.5 attempts -110
Kirk Cousins – Passing Yards
Over 224.5 yards -115
Under 224.5 yards -115
I don’t think you can, with a lot of confidence, declare anything about how many times Cousins will throw the ball. That will be dictated by how well a guy like Dalvin Cook will perform. The Bears give up 4.1 yards a carry, so they are not immovable.
The passing yardage prop works a little better for us. And we say that because Cousins isn’t playing dink-and-dunk like one might expect from him. True, he has been intercepted ten times. But he is also third in the NFL in Intended Air Yards, and #1 in Intended Air yards per Completion. In other words, he is getting the ball down the field.
And he’s got a big-play rookie to call upon. Justin Jefferson may be the best rookie in the league this season, or at least the best who is not a quarterback. He has averaged 18.4 yards a catch and 14.3 yards per TARGET.
So we’ll go OVER for Cousins’ yardage. And while we’re at it, let’s go OVER 56.5 yards for Jefferson (at -115) in this game.
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