Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears NFL Week 4 Betting Preview
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Minnesota had a nice recovery in their win last week over the Raiders. Certainly, it served to fit the Vikings NFL betting preseason expectations. Quarterback Kirk Cousins arrives at the Vikings as a heralded savior. But after throwing away the game at Green Bay doubts remain as to whether he is the actual answer to Minnesota’s Super Bowl aspirations. Along the same lines, the Bears have had a nice recovery since their disappointing week one loss to the Packers. Chicago remains a strong defensive team but the offense has been an eyesore thus far. Sunday is a statement-making opportunity.
Minnesota Vikings Vs. Chicago Bears
Last week the Vikings bombed out the Raiders for a 34-14 home payout. Minnesota is now 2-1 both straight up and against the spread with 2 under. Overall the Vikings offense ranks 15th overall and seventh for scoring. Minnesota’s defense ranks 12th in the NFL and sixth for points allowed. Of course, Cousins remains the concern. Case Keenum took Minnesota to the 2017 NFC championship game. But he was jettisoned as not good enough. Cousins arrived from Washington as the touted final piece of the puzzle. Except it wasn’t at all worked out that way. Inconsistency is his hallmark.
Players to Watch: QB Kirk Cousins (58% COMP, 502 YDS, 8.0 AVG, 3 TD, 2 INT, 86.9 RTG), RB Dalvin Cook (57 RSH, 375 YDS, 6.6 YPC, 4 TD, 9 REC, 79 YDS, 8.8 YPC, 0 TD), WR Adam Thielen (11 REC, 173 YDS, 15.7 YPC, 2 TD), DE Danielle Hunter (15 TACKLES, 3 SACKS), PK Dan Bailey (3-4 FG, 9-10 XP)
Now the Bears are 2-1 straight up, 1-2 against the spread and 1-2 under the total. Chicago is coming off an impressive 31-15 Monday Night Football win at Washington. It is true that the Redskins are not that good. For all that it was still the Bears best performance of the season. Chicago ranks 29th in the NFL for total offense and 26th for scoring. Counter to that is a defense ranked eighth in the NFL and third for points allowed. Head coach Matt Nagy is a well-respected offensive mind. Improvement may be slow but it should come.
Players to Watch: QB Mitchell Trubisky (65% COMP, 579 YDS, 5.6 AVG, 3 TD, 2 INT, 8 SACK, 81.3), RB David Montgomery (37 RSH, 147 YDS, 4.0 YPC, 1 TD), WR Allen Robinson (17 REC, 203 YDS, 11.9 YPC, 0 TD), LB Khalil Mack (9 TACKLES, 3 SACKS), DT Nick Williams (5 TACKLES, 2.5 SACKS), PK Eddy Pineiro (5-6 FG, 5-5 XP)
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Betting Numbers
3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 away games
8-3 ATS in their last 11 games
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Betting Picks
In this situation, the Bears should have the sports betting. As mentioned earlier they have better value both at home and against the Vikings. Minnesota has not been a reliable road play. Cousins just may never pan out as the answer for the Vikings. In comparison, the Bears are kicking into gear.
Score Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 17, Chicago Bears 30