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Vikings home to Bears in NFL betting action

Chicago BearsMinnesota Vikings
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Turf of The Metrodome

Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Odds

7-8TEAM RECORD3-12

The Minnesota Vikings have struggled to win season finales for the past decade, going just 2-8 ATS past 10 Week 17 games and the trends are against them in hosting the Chicago Bears in 2011.

The Bears have struggled without Jay Cutler but have motivation for a playoff push. They are also a division rival and the Vikings have lost 10 in a row SU within the NFC North.

Minnesota lost Adrian Peterson to an ACL tear last week and play knowing they have lost 8 of 10 at home in December. They also have nothing to play for except a high draft position.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Vikings - Bears odds would favor the Bears if the lines were set according to power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 26 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Bears sit at No. 17. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 24-17 win for the Bears.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 19-ranked offense (21.8 PPG) against a Bears defense that ranks No. 17 at 21.9 PPG. The Vikings passing attack has averaged 182.3 yards per game, less than the Bears give up through the air (256.2 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Bears own the league's No. 7-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 103.7 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 3 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Chicago was a 35-21 loser in its last match on the road against the Packers. They failed to cover the 13–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 56 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, Chicago got a 121-yard performance from Kahlil Bell, but Green Bay prevailed 35-21.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 33-26 winner on the road against the Redskins. They covered the 5.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (59) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Toby Gerhart tore up the turf for 109 rushing yards in the latest Vikings game, a 33-26 win over the Redskins at FedExField.

Chicago Bears Trends:
When playing in January are 4-6
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the division are 5-5

Minnesota Vikings Trends:
When playing in January are 4-6
When playing on turf are 1-9
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the division are 0-10

A few Bears at Vikings trends to consider:
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Chicago is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Chicago

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