You don’t really expect to see a team fully dominate through the opening month of the season, and you have to say that the parity in the league right now is insane. There is just 1 undefeated team, as well as just 1 team who is winless. Every other team has at least one win, which is why all of the divisions are very tight after the opening 4 weeks. The NFC North is one of those tight divisions, which makes this game all the more appealing. The Vikings are at the top right now, but that could change very quickly if they don’t get the win against the Bears, who are 2-2 and sitting just off the pace being set by the Vikings and Packers. It is Minnesota who are in as a 7-point home favorite for this one, with the point total set at 44. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they stack so you can place your bets against their NFL Odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Chicago Bears at Minnesota | Week 5 Lines
Chicago Bears versus Minnesota Vikings Match Info
- When: Sunday, Oct 9 at 1 PM EST
- Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
- TV: FOX
Why bet on the Chicago Bears
It has been hard to pin down just where this team is this season. No one really expected the Bears to be challenging for the division, but they are sitting at 2-2 at the moment, but you do have to say that they have not looked particularly convincing through the opening 4 games of the season. As expected, the Bears are struggling to get anything going on the offensive side of the football, which makes them a tough team to wager on until we get a better handle of what they are about this season. This is especially true when you consider that the Bears are just 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. That includes going just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on the road, and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings with the Vikings. The UNDER has hit in 4 of their last 6, but the OVER has hit in 5 of their last 7 visits to Minnesota.
Why bet on the Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings started the season with a huge win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, which they followed up with a loss to Philadelphia, who are the only unbeaten team in the league at the moment. They have now won 2 in a row and are sitting atop the NFC North, courtesy of that win over the Packers, who have the same 3-1 record. The Vikings have not been a great pick against the spread of late, but as we mentioned in the Bears preview, they have made a habit of covering when going against Chicago, with the 7-point spread one that looks very manageable. The OVER has now hit in 9 of the last 12 Vikings games, with the same OVER outcome in 5 of their last 6 games played at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Prior to the start of the season, I believed that we were looking at a 2-horse race in this division. I still think that will be the case, which is why I like the Vikings to win and cover this weekend. I also like the OVER in this one.
NFL Betting Pick: Chicago Bears 17 Minnesota Vikings 30