With Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings playing a win-or-go-home contest in their Week 17 regular season finale aganst Khalil Mack and the visiting Chicago Bears, NFL betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know which one of these NFC North Super Bow hopefuls is going to come out on top in their highly intriguing showdown on Sunday.
Will Cousins and company get the win and ATS cover or will the red-hot Bears complete the regular season sweep over Minnesota after beating their division rivals earlier this season?If you’re looking for some expert NFL picks for the final week of the 2018 regular season, then look no further!
Bears vs Vikings NFL Week 17 Odds, Pick & Prediction
- When: Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 4:25 PM ET
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- TV: FOX
- Radio: Chicago / Minnesota
- Live Stream: NFL Live
- NFL Week 17 Odds: Minnesota -5 / Total: 40.5
- Partly Cloudy: 0°C/32°F
- Humidity: 76%
- Precipitation: 4%
- Wind: 8 mph SSW
- Cloud Cover: 32%
- Type of Stadium: Indoor
Why Bet On Chicago at +4.5?
Why should you consider betting on Chicago in this contest? There are a bunch of good reasons starting with the fact that the Bears have a stupendous dfeense that ranks third in points allowed (18.2 ppg). Then there’s the fact that Chicago has a bunch of momentum going as they ride the wave of a three-game winning streak while baggin eight of their last nine games overall. Then, here’s the fact the Chicago now has the better offense in ranking ninth in scoring (26.5 ppg). Last but not least, Chicago beat Minnesota 25-20 in Week 12, so they know they can take their longtime rivals.
- Average Score For: 26.47
- Total Yards: 344.46
- Pass Yards: 226.73
- Rush Yards: 117.73
- Average Score Against: 18.20
- Total Yards: 308.74
- Pass Yards: 227.67
- Rush Yards: 81.07
Why Bet On Minnesota at -4.5?
Why should you consider betting on Minnesota in this matchup? There are also a bunch of good reasons for this pick, starting with the fact that Minnesota has won two straight while looking a lot better after making a switch at offensive coordinator and committing to their rushing attack more. The Vikings dominated Detroit 27-9 this past weekend.
- Average Score For: 23.33
- Total Yards: 357.66
- Pass Yards: 262.33
- Rush Yards: 95.33
- Average Score Against: 21.13
- Total Yards: 308.27
- Pass Yards: 198.47
- Rush Yards: 109.80
Bears vs Vikings NFL Week 17 Betting Trends
- Chicago is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 games
- Chicago is 8-1 SU in the last 9 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
- Minnesota is 17-7-1 ATS in the last 25 games at home
- Minnesota is 11-2 SU in the last 13 games at home
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Bears vs Vikings
While a compelling 61 percent of public bettors are backing the Bears to cover the chalk, I really like Minnesota to extract some revenge on Chicago in this one to narrowly cover the spread. The Vikings have looked a lot like the team we expected to see the last two weeks and I believe they will carry that play and their newfound run-first style, over into their regular season finale.
While the Bears have gone 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings against the Vikings, the home team in this long NFC North division rivalry has gone 23-9 ATS in the last 32 meetings and I believe the Vikings are going to narrowly cover the chalk in this regular season finale. If Minnesota wins, they punch their ticket to the postseason and there just can’t be any more motivation to win than that!
NFL Week 17 Pick: Vikings 27 Bears 21