Skol, Vikings, Skol: Minnesota versus Chicago Bears

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears NFL Week 8 Betting Preview

The Minnesota Vikings will be the online NFL betting favorites when they visit the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday, October 31st. These are the football betting site odds for the game:

Vikings -4½ (-105) 41 (-105) -205
Bears +4½ (-115) 41 (-115) +175

The Vikings (5-1) had their first loss of the season on Sunday, a 10-21 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles. Try as he might, Minnesota QB Sam Bradford could not overcome his former team. He might not admit it himself, but Bradford must have been itching to show up rookie Carson Wentz. It’s no secret that the Eagles drafting Wentz is the reason Bradford requested a trade, which was granted eight days before the start of the regular season. And who could blame him? You work your fingers to the bone for one thing and one thing only, only to have it snatched right from under your nose by some fly-by-night, Johnny-come-lately. Just like when Mario steals the princess from Bowser.

Bradford was sacked six times and hit a dozen times by Philly’s defense, so it goes without saying – but I’m saying it anyway – that the offensive line did not do a good job protecting him. Additionally, the Vikes had three TOs on offense and one on special teams. Bradford also fumbled four times and lost two of them, and had a season-low passer rating (71.6). It’s safe to say that the honeymoon is over. Still, Bradford is 112 of 166 (67.5%) for 1,214 passing yards with seven touchdowns and one interception this season. Running back Matt Asiata led the Vikings in rushing against the Eagles with 55 yards on 12 carries, while Jerick McKinnon – who played through an ankle injury on Sunday but ran for 43 yards on 11 carries – leads the team with 217 rushing yards on 68 carries with one score.

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was the Vikings’ lead receiver with seven catches for 67 yards and a TD against Philly. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had five receptions for 55 yards, and wide receiver Adam Thielen had two receptions for 52 yards. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs leads Minnesota with 27 receptions for 390 yards and a touchdown this season. Rudolph leads the team with three touchdowns and has 26 receptions for 291 yards. As usual, the Vikes’ biggest strength is the defense, which remains first in the league in points allowed per game, as well as in TOs forced. Against Philly, Andrew ‘Frito’ Sendejo and Xavier Rhodes intercepted Wentz, and Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith each recovered fumbles.

The fact alone that this defense is going against the Bears’ ranked last offense in points per game is enough to make the Vikes the online NFL betting favorites. Moreover, Minnesota has lost consecutive games only once since the start of last season. The Vikings are 5-1 straight up and against the spread and lead the NFC North division one game ahead of the Green Bay Packers. Also concerning online NFL betting, Minnesota is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against Chicago.