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Vikings Set Sights on Franchise Record in Week 17 Clash with Bears

The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to claim a franchise-record 13th regular-season victory on Sunday when they host the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings improved to 12-3 with last week’s 16-0 win over the Green Bay Packers as 8.5-point road chalk, while the Bears look to build on last week’s 20-3 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns as 5.5-point home chalk.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Bears’ last 12 games against the Vikings.
  • The Vikings are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games at home in December.
  • The Bears are 2-13 SU in their last 15 games on the road.

The Vikings defense continued to roll in last week’s win in Green Bay. A SU winner in 10 of 11 outings, Minnesota has held opponents to single-digit point totals in four of its past six, including each of its past two home dates. The Vikings have also emerged as a reliable wager as betting chalk, going 7-1 ATS in their past eight, but have tallied consecutive wins just once in seven home dates against NFC North opponents.

The Bears have posted SU wins in two of three outings while holding opponents to just 10 points per game during that stretch. Chicago has played stingy football with regularity, holding opponents to 20 or fewer points in seven of 11 outings, but has been hamstrung by a 29th-ranked offense that has averaged just 16.9 ppg overall this season, and has scored more than 12 points just once in its past four road games.

The Vikings recorded a 20-17 win at Soldier Field as 3.5-point road chalk in Week 5 to improve to 5-1 SU in their last six meetings with the Bears. Minnesota has been particularly dominant in home dates with the Bears, winning SU in five straight, 4-1 ATS, and has held Chicago to 10 or fewer points in two of their past three on home turf.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The point spread was settled in at -12.5 for the host Minnesota Vikings earlier in the week, according to Bovada. The OVER/UNDER betting line was hovering around 40, with odds movement expected during the week at MyBookie.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas picked a 32-7 win for the Vikings. Injuries during the week may cause the formula to be re-run, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Minnesota brings a 12-3 record (11-4 ATS) to the Week 17 betting matchup against the 5-10 Chicago Bears, who are 8-6-1 against the spread. OVER/UNDER betting has seen Minnesota go 7-8 so far and the Bears go 4-10-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Chicago injuries news.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 17-rated Bears taking on the No. 3-rated Vikings in this betting contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 23.93 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 10 this week at 19.8 PPG. The Vikings aerial game is averaging 238.2 yards per game, more than the Bears secondary allows through the air, 213.07 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Bears own the league's No. 12-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 110.14 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 9 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland couldn't keep Jordan Howard out of the end zone in their last game and it cost them a 20-3 loss against the Bears.

Green Bay failed to break through the Minnesota defense in its last game, suffering a 16-0 shutout at the hands of the Vikings in Week 16 action.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chicago is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
  • Chicago is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Minnesota is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

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