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Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - 10/9/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at Chicago Bears (1-3)

NFL Football: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Soldier Field)

The Line: Chicago Bears +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears meet Monday in NFL action at Soldier Field on ESPN.

The Minnesota Vikings look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Minnesota Vikings have lost six of their last seven road games. Case Keenum is completing 61 percent of his passes for 755 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Sam Bradford and Keenum have combined for six touchdown passes and zero picks this season. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have combined for 749 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 10 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 108 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 354 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 19 points and 318 yards per game. Andrew Sendejo leads the Minnesota Vikings with 32 tackles, Everson Griffen has five sacks and Trae Waynes has one interception. 

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - 10/9/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bears would love a feel good victory to climb out of a deep 1-3 hole to start the season. The Chicago Bears have lost five of their last eight home games. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is expected to play for the first time in his NFL career. Trubisky completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in three seasons at North Carolina. Kendall Wright and Tarik Cohen have combined for 304 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Zach Miller has 13 receptions. The Chicago Bears ground game is averaging 117.5 yards per contest, and Jordan Howard leads the way with 252 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Chicago is allowing 26 points and 306.3 yards per game. Danny Trevathan leads the Chicago Bears with 29 tackles, Akiem Hicks has two sacks and Kyle Fuller has three pass deflections.

The Vikings are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Monday games and 9-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC. The Vikings are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 meetings in Chicago, favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the home team is 21-8 ATS in their last 29 meetings.

I know the Bears are a different team at home than they are on the road and they're well rested considering they played last Thursday, so there's almost two weeks off to prepare. The Vikings also have their struggles outside of their dome, have quarterback questions and just lost their elading rusher for the season. However, I don't think there's an argument that the Vikings are the better team, and the Bears are asking a rookie to make his debut against a pretty good Minnesota defense. Sure, Trubisky had his moments in the preseason, but playing backups is different than playing starters, especially on Monday night under the bright lights. I was expecting the Bears to get a free touchdown, so when I saw it was just a field goal, I had to take Minnesota here. Give me the Vikings. 

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