One of my favorite plays on the Sunday NFL odds pits the Minnesota Vikings against the Chicago Bears. These two are going to be meeting at 1:00 p.m. ET at the HHH Metrodome, and I’m going to show you which side to make your NFL pick on for this great game.
Chicago Bears (8-4, 6-6 ATS) -3
Minnesota Vikings (6-6, 4-7-1 ATS) +3
Last week I faded the Bears against the Seahawks, but this week, I’m going to fade both the boys from the Windy City and the team that they are playing against. I just don’t have any confidence whatsoever in either of these teams when push comes to shove.
QB Christian Ponder and QB Jay Cutler lead two of the worst passing attacks in football right now. They rank 30th and 32nd between them, and even the lowly Kansas City Chiefs are better than both. The difference is that RB Adrian Peterson can really run the ball, but as we saw last week against the Green Bay Packers, even getting 200 yards from Purple Jesus isn’t necessarily going to put points on the board when push comes to shove.
I really like the fact that both of these offenses are struggling right now. Chicago has scored just an average of 14.5 points per game over the course of its last four since scoring 51 on the Tennessee Titans, and Minnesota has had back to back games with a total of just 24 points. Someone is going to have to get into the 20s to get this game past the ‘total’, and I just don’t see how that’s ultimately going to happen when push comes to shove. The first meeting of these two just two weeks ago only featured 38 points, and that’s the absolute most that I can see happening this time around. This should be the third straight ‘under’ in this series.
Bears @ Vikings Tips: Under 39