NFL: MNF Betting Odds
The Bears have lost three straight and seven of their last eight at Minnesota, but it will be a different story for Chicago on Monday when they face the Vikings in the first outdoor NFL game in Minnesota in 29 years.
Thanks to a mammoth snowstorm that ripped a hole in the roof of the Metrodome the Monday nighter was moved from the warm comfort of the dome to the chilly open air of the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. The line opened in favor of the Bears and has kept climbing during the week.
The Bears should be accustomed to cold weather football, since they play their home games at Soldier Field, but the wintry conditions didn't help them last week against New England.
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Chicago had won five straight heading into last week, but got blown out by the Patriots 36-7. The Bears' offense was no match for the high-powered Pats as they were out-gained 475-185 yards in the loss.
Jay Cutler passed for 152 yards for Chicago and turned the ball over three times with two interceptions and a lost fumble in that game. Matt Forte was held to only 25 yards on nine carries, while Chester Taylor scored the Bears' lone TD while rushing for one yard on three carries.
The big story for the Vikings last week against the Giants was the end of Brett Favre's ironman streak. Favre is out again this week, and so is backup Tarvaris Jackson. Last week against New York Jackson completed only 15 of 30 passes for 118 yards with an interception, and suffered a turf toe injury that landed him on injured reserve and ended his season.
With Favre bruised and battered, and Jackson's season over, third-stringer Joe Webb will start at QB for the Vikings on Monday night. Webb saw a few snaps last week in place of the injured Jackson and completed 2 of 5 passes for eight yards. [ Matchup Stats ]
It didn't matter if Jackson or Webb was behind center, as the Vikings' offense was dead in a 21-3 loss to the Giants as a 5-point underdog.
The Bears and Vikings met up in Chicago back in Week 10. Chicago shut down the Minnesota offense that day in a 27-13 win as a 1-point home underdog. Cutler had a solid game for the Bears with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and Forte rushed for 69 yards on 21 carries.
Favre got the start for Minnesota and his old gunslinger ways got the best of him as he passed for 170 yards with a TD and three picks. Adrian Peterson was ineffective against the Bears' defense with 51 yards on 17 carries.
The Bears are 3-2 SU and ATS in their last five games against the Vikings, but they're 2-6 ATS in their last eight at Minnesota when playing at the Metrodome. For Monday Chicago is an 8-point road favorite on the NFL odds at Bovada against Minnesota and their inexperienced quarterback.
Chicago should cover the eight points behind their strong defense. As long as the Bears can slow down Peterson the Vikings' offense will be dead in the water against a Bears D that is the No. 3 scoring defense in the league.
The Bears also boast the No. 2 run defense in the league, so stopping Peterson shouldn't be too hard.
Monday Night Football Pick: We take the Bears at -8 with confidence.