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Are the Vikings a Safe Betting Pick in NFL Odds vs. Bears in Week 5?

Written by on October 6, 2017

Week 5 of the NFL season concludes in Chicago as the Bears trot out whom they hope is their future franchise quarterback as they welcome NFC North rival Minnesota on Monday night. The Vikings are currently NFL odds favorites but have QB questions. So, I would keep an eye on the NFL Week 5 odds in case they change at the last minute before the game kicks off on Monday.

How To Bet Minnesota at Chicago NFL Odds & Game Info for Week 5

When: Monday, 8:30 PM ETWhere: Solider FieldTV: ESPNRadio: KFXN-FM 100.3 (Minnesota) / 105.9 FM (Chicago)Stream Option: WatchESPNOpening NFL Odds: Vikings -3 (total TBA)

Series History

The Vikings and Bears have played 112 times, with Minnesota holding a 58-52-2 series record. The last time the Vikings and Bears met in Chicago on Monday Night Football in back-to-back seasons was 1992-93. The Vikings and Bears have met 13 times on MNF, with Chicago holding the advantage 7-6. The teams split last year, with each winning at home – the Bears on Monday night. The Vikings have played 60 total games on Monday Night Football in franchise history and are 28-32 in the prime-time spotlight.
  • Total Meetings: 112
  • First Meeting: September 17th, 1961. Metropolitan Stadium. Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Last Meeting: January 1st, 2017. U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • All-Time Series: Minnesota Vikings 58-52-2
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Minnesota 31-0 (1969)
  • Longest Win Streak: Minnesota 8 (1972-1976)
  • Current Win Streak: Minnesota 1 (2017)

Colts are Slight NFL Week 5 Odds Favorites Against 49ers

Why Bet On Minnesota?

The Vikings might get back starting QB Sam Bradford. Bradford, who suffered a noncontact injury to his left knee during a Week 1 win over the New Orleans Saints, had last practiced on Sept. 21 before seeking a second opinion from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews. But he was there in limited fashion on Thursday. Coach Mike Zimmer would not name a starter for Monday’s game but said Bradford will play if he’s feeling better. If not, it will be journeyman Case Keenum again. He played well in the team’s lone win under him but not in the two losses.The Vikings suffered a big injury in last week’s loss to Detroit as rookie running back Dalvin Cook tore his ACL and is done for the season. Cook had amassed 354 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and he was averaging 4.8 yards per carry. He also had 90 receiving yards on 11 receptions. Zimmer called the fast, shifty running back’s big-play ability “unbelievable.” Cook was by far the most versatile threat Minnesota had.Cook’s production will be a challenge to replace, but there are several on the roster who will be up for the challenge. Latavius Murray will see the biggest change in role as he steps into the primary running back role. Murray was thought to be the guy who would replace Adrian Peterson, but ankle surgery in the offseason set him back and allowed Cook to win the starting job. Jerick McKinnon also will be more involved.Minnesota’s defense is one of the NFL’s best. It has allowed just 11 third-down conversion in 43 attempts. Minnesota ranks first in the NFL with a 25.6 third-down percentage. Chicago’s defense is 30th at 47.1 percent (allowed 24 conversions of 51 third downs).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 19.75
  • Total Yards: 371.25
  • Rush Yards: 108
  • Passing Yards: 263.25
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 19
  • Total Yards: 318
  • Rush Yards: 71.25
  • Passing Yards: 246.75

Why Bet On Chicago?

Because the Bears have benched turnover-prone QB for No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky. He will be the third rookie quarterback selected in the first round to make his first career start on Monday Night Football, joining Detroit’s Chuck Long (December 15, 1986 vs. Chicago) and Philadelphia’s John Reaves (October 2, 1972 vs. New York Giants). The last rookie to debut on MNF as a starter was Colin Kaepernick in 2012. He had a big game in a win over the Bears, but Kaepernick was a second-round pick. Trubisky will be Chicago’s first rookie quarterback to start a game since Kyle Orton in 2005.Since 2015, four quarterbacks taken in the top 2 started as rookies. They went a combined 16-35 with an average QBR of 46.6. Rookie quarterbacks under John Fox have a combined 3-11 record. Jimmy Clausen was the last rookie to start for Fox in 2010.The Bears are underdogs heading into Week 5.Minnesota’s run defense in 2017 has been fantastic, holding opponents to 71.3 yards per game (fourth in the NFL) and also ranking third in the NFL in allowing only 3.0 yards per attempt. That unit will be tested this week, though, and it’ll be tested by a running back who had success versus Minnesota last season. Jordan Howard torched the Vikings for 288 rushing yards on 49 attempts (5.9 yards/att.), adding a rushing touchdown and 49 yards receiving on four catches. Howard already has four rushing touchdowns this season, and is averaging a healthy 4.0 yards per carry. The Bears have added another threat to the backfield in rookie Tarik Cohen, who is averaging 6.0 yards per carry and also leads all running backs in catches this season with 24.Chicago will be without starting linebacker Danny Trevathan. He was suspended a game for a frightening hit last Thursday night that sent Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams to the hospital.The Vikings have just two wins at Soldier Field in the past 15 seasons; Minnesota’s win percentage in Chicago over the past 15 years is lower than at Detroit or at Green Bay.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 15.25
  • Total Yards: 305.75
  • Rush Yards: 117
  • Passing Yards: 188.75
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 26
  • Total Yards: 306.25
  • Rush Yards: 85.50
  • Passing Yards: 220.75

Latest NFL Odds Trends for Week 5

  • Vikings are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 games on the road
  • Vikings are 5-10 SU in the last 15 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
  • Bears are 2-4 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Bears are 1-7 SU in the last 8 games
  • The total went UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 9 games at home

Week 5 NFL Odds Pick & Prediction

The Bears have covered both home games, beating Pittsburgh and nearly beating Atlanta. Take Chicago in the NFL odds for Week 5.
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