Another Online NFL Betting Battle in the NorthPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
Monday night football hasn’t let us down this year and Week 5’s matchup is looking like it will be another great rendition. The Chicago Bears aim to hold off Soldier Field against the encroaching Minnesota Vikings. This is a fierce NFC North battle that will afford online NFL betting players to bet one of the most decorated rivalries in NFL history. Which team are football betting sites pegging as the favorite?
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears – Monday, October 9th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
Stream: Watch ESPN, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Vikings -3½ (-110) 40½ (-115) -185
Bears +3½ (-110) 40½ (-105) +160
The Minnesota Vikings march into this Monday night football matchup sporting a 2-2 record that ranks them 3rd in the NFC North. Minnesota is coming off a season in which they were playoff contenders for most of the year but an injury to Sam Bradford has spearheaded any playoff hopes the Vikings may have. It’s still too early to completely rule them out, but can you honestly expect them to come back and win a division containing the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions?
Case Keenum is the man stepping in for the injured Bradford. As of now Bradford is listed as questionable but it’s looking like he’ll be on the sideline come Monday. Keenum has been doing a decent job numbers wise, with 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 755 yards and a 94.4 passer rating. If Keenum keeps it up, Bradford might not have a starting job once he comes back from injury. However, Keenum will need to deliver a win this Monday if he actually wants to usurp Bradford as the starter.
The Bears are 1-3 on the season which ranks them last in the NFC North. It’s been 6 seasons since the Bears have cracked the playoffs and they’ll need a big turnaround if they’re to make the postseason any time soon. If they don’t, John Fox might have to start looking for a new job.
If Chicago wants to start winning some football games this season, they’ll need to address their stuttering offense. The Bears currently rank 29th in scoring, 23rd in total offense, and 27th in passing. However, on the defensive side of the ball, Chicago can actually hold their own. Right now the Bears rank 9th in total defense, 15th against the pass, and 5th against the run. However, due to Bears offense consistently giving their opponent a shorter and shorter field, Chicago is allowing 26.0 points per game – the 27th worst average in the league.
One of the bigger storyline surrounding the Bears is the whether or not the franchise should put Mitch Trubisky in the starting role. They’ve only won one game with Mike Glennon so far, which has rightfully prompted players betting NFL online on whether they should stick with Glennon. Glennon currently has 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 833 yards and a 76.9 passer rating to his name. Trubisky is starting to look like a good call.