Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - 10/31/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Vikings (5-1) at Chicago Bears (1-6)
NFL Football: Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Soldier Field)
The Line: Chicago Bears +4 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC North showdown to close out week 8 on Monday Night Football.
The Minnesota Vikings suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 21-10. Sam Bradford completed 24 of his 41 pass attempts for 224 yards and a touchdown that ended up being negated by an interception. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon ended up splitting the workload out of the Vikings backfield once again, with Asiata leading the charge by racking up 55 yards on 12 carries while McKinnon was not far behind, logging 43 yards on his 11 carries. Cordarrelle Patterson put up team-highs with 7 receptions for 67 yards and Bradford’s lone passing touchdown on the day. Defensively, it’s not often where you hold your opposition to 239 yards of total offense and still end up on the losing end, however that’s exactly where the Vikes found themselves as they failed to sack Carson Wentz, however they did record a pair of interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries that they just couldn’t turn into points before it was too late.
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The Chicago Bears fell to 1-6 after a 26-10 defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. Brian Hoyer completed 4 of his 11 pass attempts for 49 yards before leaving the game after suffering a broken arm. Matt Barkley filled in after that, throwing for 81 yards on 6 of 15 passing. Kadeem Carey led the Chicago ground attack with 48 yards on 10 carries, while rookie Jordan Howard racked up 22 yards on 7 carries. Alshon Jeffery led the Bears with 3 receptions for 33 yards, while tight end Zach Miller led the Bears with 40 yards on his pair of catches. Defensively, the game ball has to go to Leonard Floyd. The bears 1st round, 9th overall pick from this year’s draft, forced his 1st career fumble from Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers then followed that up by falling on it in the end zone for his 1st career touchdown. Floyd also managed a pair of sacks, but that’s where all of Chicago’s luck ended as the Packers still put up over 400 yards on the night, sending Chicago to a 3rd straight defeat.
Minnesota is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 division m their last 7 division matchups, and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games while the under is 22-8 in their last 30 vs. the NFC. Chicago is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 8-24-1 ATS in their last 33 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 division matchups. Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not sure how anyone could back Chicago with their situation as of late. Sure it’s a primetime game at home, but even if Jay Cutler is starting, he isn’t even a decent option at quarterback to begin with. Minnesota will be ticked off after dropping their first loss of the season and will want to put out a stronger effort than they did last week.
Lay the points with Minnesota.