The Vikings finally got in the win column in Week 5 but will be hard-pressed to make it two straight in Chicago, a place they have not been kind to bettors in recent years.
Minnesota is 1-6-1 ATS in its past eight trips to Chicago. However, they have the benefit of catching the Bears on short rest after they lost to the Lions on Monday Night.
In total, the Bears are 9-1 SU in the past 10 seasons at home against their NFC North rivals. This game is the Sunday Nighter, so it's a great opportunity to add to your profit pile for Week 6 (also check out NFL picks available at our picks partner site).
The Vikings are listed as 3-point underdogs at sportsbooks, with the total at 41.5 at most shops, including TopBet, which is offering a sweetheart 50% this weekend.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 27-rated Bears and the No. 17-rated Vikings in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 23-19 win for the Vikings on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 21.4 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 9 this week at 21.2 PPG. The Bears aerial game is averaging 216.6 yards per game, less than the Vikings secondary allows through the air, 271.8 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Vikings own the league's No. 6-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 90 yards per game when on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 22 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Minnesota won its last outing, a 34-10 result against the Cardinals on October 9. The Vikings covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 44 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Adrian Peterson rushed for 3 TDs as Minnesota earned a 34-10 win over Arizona in their last outing on Sunday at The Metrodome.
Chicago lost its last outing, a 24-13 result against the Lions on October 10. The Bears failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog, while the 37 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Matt Forte went over the 100-yard mark (116) in his team's latest effort, but Detroit still defeated Chicago by a score of 24-13.
Minnesota Vikings Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the division are 3-7
Chicago Bears Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the division are 6-4
A few Vikings at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Minnesota home to Green Bay, Sunday, October 23
Chicago at Tampa Bay, Sunday, October 23