Week 2 odds - Vikings vs. Bears
Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears Odds
The Chicago Bears shoot for a 2-0 start under new head coach Marc Trestman when they host the rival Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field (1 pm ET, Fox).
As of early this week Chicago, which edged Cincinnati 24-21 in its season opener, was favored by six points over Minnesota, which lost its opener 34-24 at Detroit.
The Vikings have struggled against their NFC North foes, going 1-6 SU & ATS in the past 7 games vs Bears. Its even worse at Soldier Field where they are a wallet-sucking 1-11 SU, 2-9-1 ATS in 12 trips.
Sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag, had set the Bears as 5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 40 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bears sit at No. 13 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Vikings are at No. 31 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bears will win this game 29-16.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 24 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 29 this week at 34 PPG. The Bears aerial game is averaging 242 yards per game, less than the Vikings secondary allows through the air, 352 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Vikings feature the league's No. 13-rated road run defense, allowing 117 yards per game. Chicago, meanwhile, ranks No. 8 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Minnesota was a 34-24 loser on the road against the Lions. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (58) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Minnesota lost its last outing 34-24 against Detroit on Sunday, getting a 140-yard receiving performance from Jerome Simpson in a losing cause at Ford Field.
The Bears were a 24-21 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bengals. They earned a push of the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (45) made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago won its last game, 24-21 over Cincinnati on Sunday, behind a 104-yard receiving performance from Brandon Marshall at Soldier Field.
Minnesota Vikings Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 3-7
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the division are 4-6
Chicago Bears Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the division are 6-4
A few Vikings at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Chicago
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Chicago is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
Minnesota home to Cleveland, Sunday, September 22
Chicago at Pittsburgh, Sunday, September 22