In this week 18 NFL preview between Vikings and Bears, see who like to win the game and cover the spread.
Vikings vs Bears Pick & Preview- NFL Week 18
On Sunday, January 8th at 1:00 PM ET, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. FOX will carry the TV coverage for the game. In a matchup between two NFC North teams, the Vikings are -3.5 point favorites on the road.
Vikings vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
- Where: Chicago at Soldier Field
- Date: Sunday, January 8th
- Betting Odds MIN -3.5, MIN -188 | CHI +153 O/U 45.5
Can The Vikings Walk Out Of Soldier Field With a Win?
This week, the Minnesota Vikings are hoping to get back in the win column after falling 41-17 to the Green Bay Packers. The loss was costly, as it came against an NFC North opponent. Minnesota not only lost the game but failed to cover the spread as 3.0-point underdogs. Going into the game, the over-under total was set at 47 points, which the teams surpassed.
Minnesota ran the ball 20 times, finishing with 102 yards. The team’s leading rusher was Alexander Mattison, who finished with just 38 yards and a per-attempt average of 4.8.
At the quarterback position, Kirk Cousins ended the game with a passer rating of 49.19 on 205 yards through the air. To finish the game, Cousins had 1 passing touchdown. Leading the way at receiver was Jalen Nailor, as he accumulated 89 yards and hauled in a touchdown. In terms of pass yards per game, on average, Minnesota is the 7th ranked team in the NFL. Going into the game, the Vikings have thrown a total of 14.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 65.83% (12th).
Can Justin Fields Help Lead The Bears To A Win As The Home Underdogs?
Last week, the Bears lost in a divisional matchup against Detroit Lions by a score of 41-10. In terms of betting, Chicago not only lost the game but failed to cover the spread as 4.5-point underdogs. The two teams combined point total of 51 remained below the betting line of 52.
Through the game, Chicago was efficient with their rushing attempts, posting 200 yards on 22 carries. Individually, Justin Fields compiled 132 yards, with a per-attempt average of 10.
On his way to compiling 75 passing yards, Justin Fields finished with a passer rating of 40.77. To finish the game, Fields had 1 passing touchdown. Leading the way in the passing game was Cole Kmet, as he accumulated 27 yards and hauled in a touchdown. Averaging 21.88 attempts per game, Chicago is ranked 32nd in the league. Currently, 41.77% of their yards come through the air, ranking them 32nd in the NFL.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
The Vikings will be looking to pick up yet another win over the Bears as they picked up a 29-22 win at home in week 5. Although the Vikings came away with the win, the Bears covered the spread as +3.5 point underdogs. Last year, the Vikings dominated the season series, winning by scores of 31-17 and 17-9.
When looking back at the recent matchups between Minnesota and Chicago, the Vikings put together a record of 4-1. The two teams have combined to average 43.4 points per game in their last 5 meetings.
The Minnesota Vikings have gone 2-2 vs the spread in these games. On average, the Vikings have averaged 24.6 points per game in the past 5 head-to-head matchups, compared to Chicago at 18.8.
When looking at their past 5 road matchups, Minnesota has an ATS record of 2-2-1 while averaging 23.4 per game. The team went 3-2-0 overall in these games.
Through their last 5 home games, Chicago has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 0-5 while averaging 22.8 points per game.
Vikings vs Bears Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Vikings -3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 45.5