The Chicago Bears have been one of the more pleasant surprises of the season. The trade for Khalil Mack has taken a good defence and transformed it into one of the best units in the NFL (tied for fourth in points allowed).
The ongoing maturation of Mitchell Trubisky has taken an offence that was 30th in points per game last season and turned it into one of the more productive units in the league (fifth in points per game).
However, while the Bears are definitely a better team this year, it may be wise to exercise caution before going all in on them. Yes, they have been explosive at times on offence, but typically against the NFL’s worst defences. They played well against the two best teams they have seen to date (Green Bay and New England), but they lost both games.
The same could be said about the Vikings. They have had to deal with injuries on both sides of the ball and have yet to bet anyone with a winning record. They tied the Packers, lost a tough one to the Rams, and lost to the Saints.
Both are good at passing, not so good at running, and lean on their defence.
So—who’s going to win?
As evenly as these two are matched up, the winner will probably be the team that makes the fewest mistakes. Minnesota has been more turnover prone this season (13 to 11) while forcing only 14 (next to 24 for the Bears).
Take the Bears (-144.93) to win over the Vikings (+125) but for the Vikings to win against the spread (+3). As for the over/under—take the under (45.5).
*Odds via Betway.com