Bears vs. Vikings - 11/16/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Vikings (4-5) at Chicago Bears (3-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Soldier Field)
The Line: Chicago Bears -3.5 -- Over/Under: 47 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings face off on Sunday at Solder Field for a NFC North NFL football Week 11 battle.
The Chicago Bears are bottoming out and are coming off of one of their worst defeats in the history of the franchise getting smoked 55-14 by the Packers in Green Bay. The Bears are looking for answers but finding none as they continue to skid. The Bears offense is averaging 21.6 points and 348.9 yards per game which aren’t good enough to get wins in the NFL. QB Jay Cutler has completed 66.4 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and he has been sacked 23 times. Matt Forte leads Chicago in rushing with 616 yards and three touchdowns and he leads the Bears in receiving as well with 61 catches and three touchdowns while Matellus Bennett has 49 catches and five touchdowns. The Bears defense is dead last in the NFL In points allowed per game at 30.8 and 26th in yards allowed at 381.1 with a minus five turnover ratio. Ryan Mundy has 54 tackles, Kyle Fuller has 38 tackles, and Willie Young has 7.0 sacks. Last week’s 42 points allowed in the first half was the most points allowed in any half in the long history of the Chicago Bears.
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The Minnesota Vikings are 4-5 for the season and despite some of the troubles they have had including the loss of Adrian Peterson they appear to be a team with a bright future. QB Teddy Bridgewater is learning and he has completed 60.4 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and five interceptions. Jerick McKinnon has gained 446 yards rushing and Greg Jennings is the Vikings leading receiver with 35 catches. Defensively they Vikings are allowing 22.1 points per game which ranks them 13th in the NFL and 326.3 yards per game which ranks ninth in the NFL. Robert Blanton has 61 tackles, Anthony Barr has 58 tackles and 4.0 sacks, and Everson Griffen has 7.0 sacks. The Vikings appear to have things headed in the right direction.
Chicago is 2-5 against the spread following a loss, 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 home games, and 2-8 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is 3-7 against the spread following a win, 8-3 against the spread against the NFC, and 4-1 against the spread after gaining more than 350 yards in their previous game. The home team has covered the point spread in nine of the last 12 meetings of these two.
I am not sure how the Bears are favored against anyone let alone by more than a field goal so the Vikings are an easy choice here.