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Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/1/13

Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm (The Metrodome)

The Line: Minnesota Vikings -1 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX

The Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Viking face off on Sunday in Minnesota in a NFC North rivalry game.

The Minnesota Vikings are having a season they would like to forget and they are coming off of a tie last week at Green Bay. While Minnesota has had their share of injuries it has been inconsistent play at QB which has been their undoing. The Vikings have come full circle with Christian Ponder back at QB and he has completed 64.5 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. Adrian Peterson has rushed for 997 yards with 10 touchdowns and remains the premier back in football. Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings each have 36 catches to lead the Vikings receivers. Defensively Chad Greenway has 95 tackles, Erin Henderson has 93 tackles, and Josh Robinson has 58 tackles. The Vikings are averaging 24.2 points and 329.5 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 31.5 points and 401 yards. The Vikings are looking at a top five pick I the NFL draft.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/1/13

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The Chicago Bears had a chance to make a move on the pack in the NFC North last week but they were starched in St. Louis by the Rams. It seems to be a major injury a week for the Bears but even so they are tied for first place in the division and have a winning record. Josh McCown has taken over at QB fir the injured Jay Cutler and he has completed 65.5 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and one interception. Matt Forte has 851 yards rushing and seven touchdowns and he has 56 receptions. Brandon Marshall has 74 receptions and nine touchdowns and Alshon Jeffery has 58 receptions and three touchdowns. Defensively Major Wright has 76 tackles, James Anderson has 63 tackles, and Chris Conte has 54 tackles. The Bears offense is averaging 27.5 points and 372.5 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 28.1 points and 376 yards per game. The Bears can’t afford many more bad losses.

Minnesota is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games following a game which they covered the point spread, 7-3 against the spread following a game where they allowed over 350 yards passing in their previous game, and 2-6 against the spread on field turf. Chicago is 1-3-1 against the spread following a loss, 3-14 against the spread against the NFC, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The home team has covered the spread in 16 of the last 22 meetings of these two.

While the Bears are banged up they are the better team here and have played well in Minnesota over the years and I expect them to win here. 

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