Bears at Vikings - 12/20/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bears (5-8) at Minnesota Vikings (8-5)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -5.5 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings square off Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Chicago Bears hope to play spoiler after losing three of their last four games. Jay Cutler is completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Cutler has three passing touchdowns in his last three games. Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson have combined for 1,261 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Martellus Bennett has 53 receptions. The Chicago Bears ground game is averaging 113.5 yards per contest, and Matt Forte leads the way with 721 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Chicago is allowing 24.2 points and 341.5 yards per game. Christian Jones leads the Bears with 76 tackles, Lamarr Houston has six sacks and Tracy Porter has 10 pass deflections. Sherrick McManis, Bryce Callahan and Pernell McPhee are questionable.
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The Minnesota Vikings need a victory after losing three of their last four games. Teddy Bridgewater is completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,733 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Bridgewater has one passing touchdown in his last three games. Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph have combined for 1,059 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Mike Wallace has 33 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 131.8 yards per contest, and Adrian Peterson leads the way with 1,251 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 19.6 points and 346.2 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Vikings with 70 tackles, Everson Griffen has 8.5 sacks and Terence Newman has 11 pass deflections. Anthony Barr, Everson Griffen and Andrew Sendejo are questionable.
The Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Vikings are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The home team is 18-8 ATS in their last 26 meetings.
The Bears are back to being that team that stinks up the joint and finds creative ways to lose games. The Vikings need this game to stay in their division race and are far more talented than Chicago. I'll eat the reasonable chalk here.