Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Free Pick 9/15/13
Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Chicago Bears (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Soldier Field)
The Line: Chicago Bears -6.5 -- Over/Under: 42 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings face-off on Sunday for a week 2 NFL matchup of NFC North teams.
The Chicago Bears got their season off on the right foot, beating the Bengals in week one, but they play their second home game in a row and look to keep a leg up in the NFC North. While it was only one game, Jay Cutler looked at ease under new Head Coach Mark Trestman as Cutler threw two touchdown passes and one interception, avoiding the sacks and fumbles which have plagued him. Matt Forte didn’t have any long runs against a tough Cincinnati defense, but he kept them honest, rushing for 49 tough yards and added four receptions. Brandon Marshall had a big day, with eight receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, while Alshon Jeffery had five catches. The Chicago defense was rock solid, allowing 340 yards with just 63 of those coming on the ground. Charles Tillman had five tackles and two interceptions, Tim Jennings had six tackles and two forced fumbles, and Lance Briggs had four tackles. The Bears are hoping they are as successful against the run while facing the Vikings' potent running game.
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The Minnesota Vikings had their chances to win in week one in Detroit, but they made too many mistakes and took the loss. QB Christian Ponder threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, but he also had three interceptions and lost a fumble. Adrian Peterson had three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air, but 78 of his 93 rushing yards came on one play. Jerome Simpson had seven catches for 140 yards and Greg Jennings had three catches. The Vikings defense gave up big numbers, allowing 489 yards, with 117 of the yards coming on the ground and 332 through the air. Erin Henderson had seven tackles, Jamarca Sanford had seven tackles, and Harrison Smith also had seven tackles. The Vikings are on the road for their second week in a row.
Chicago is 2-5 in against the spread in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record, 1-4 against the spread against the NFC, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. Minnesota is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games, 1-3-1 against the spread after allowing 30 points or more the previous week, and 1-4 against the spread on grass. The favorite has covered in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
Both of these offenses have weaknesses and issues, as well as some very strong players, but both teams’ stronger units are their defense and I look for this one to come in under the number, My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area.