Minnesota At Chicago NFL Monday Night Football Picks
The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to rebound from their first loss of the season when they visit the Chicago Bears for their Week 8 Monday Night Football matchup against their longtime NFC North division rivals.
Chicago has dropped three straight and is completely desperate heading into the official midway point of the regular season. Now, let’s find out which one of these teams will get the ATS cover.
In Depth Analysis On The Vikings At Bears NFL Monday Night Football Picks
When: Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: Soldier Field
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NFL Odds: Chicago Bears +5.5 / Over/Under: 41
After getting a bye in Week 6, the Vikings looked lethargic in their humbling 21-10 loss to Philadelphia last weekend as quarterback Sam Bradford was harassed into a mediocre 24-for-41 passing day for 224 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The good news for Vikings fns and betting backers is that Minnesota has only lost consecutive games once since the start of the 2015 season. For the season, Bradford is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards with seven touchdowns and only one interception.
Receivers, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have combined for 714 receiving yards and two touchdowns while running back Jerick McKinnon has rushed for a team-high 217 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota Vikings has been absolutely phenomenal in limiting the opposition to just 14.0 points per game to rank first in points allowed. The Vikings are ranked a stellar fourth against the pass and sixth against the run.
The Bears have dropped thee in a row and come into this matchup off a humbling 26-10 loss against Green Bay last time out. Veteran backup Matt Barkley has an awful outing, going 6-for-15 for just 81 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. For this Week 8 matchup, starting quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to be back on the field for the first time since suffering a thumb injury in Week 2 after.
For the season, Cutler is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 373 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal have combined for 858 receiving yards and two touchdowns while running back Jordan Howard has rushed for a team-high 352 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Chicago is giving up 24.1 points per game to rank 20th in points allowed.
Expert Prediction and Pick
There’s no sense in beating around the bush since I fully expect the Minnesota Vikings to beat the Chicago Bears like a collective rag doll! Minnesota is completely and infinitely better than Chicago in all three phases. Not only that, but after losing to Philadelphia last weekend, the Vikes will be extremely focused and ready to go from the outset.
While these teams have split their division rivalry dead even over the last 10 meetings, Minnesota won both of last season’s meetings while winning three straight in this series overall.
Minnesota has posted an incendiary 10-1 ATS mark in their last 11 games while posting an equally blistering 9-1 ATS mark in their last 10 road games. Conversely, Chicago is just 1-7 ATS in their last eight games, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven matchups against the Vikings. Minnesota wins and covers the NFL betting line with room to spare!
Pick: Minnesota 27 Chicago 17