Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears (5-10) at Minnesota Vikings (12-3)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Vikings -12.5 -- Over/Under: 40 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Chicago Bears look to play spoiler while winning six games for the second time in the last three years. The Chicago Bears have lost four of their last six road games. Mitchell Trubisky is completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,015 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Trubisky has one or less touchdown passes in all 11 games during his career. Kendall Wright and Joshua Bellamy have combined for 931 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tarik Cohen has 47 receptions. The Chicago Bears ground game is averaging 117.2 yards per contest, and Jordan Howard leads the way with 1,113 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Chicago is allowing 19.8 points and 318.5 yards per game. Christian Jones leads the Chicago Bears with 87 tackles, Akiem Hicks has 8.5 sacks and Eddie Jackson has two interceptions.

The Minnesota Vikings can clinch the second seed in the NFC and win at least 13 games for the second time in franchise history. The Minnesota Vikings have won their last four home games. Case Keenum is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 3,358 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Keenum has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,603 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 56 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 120.7 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 731 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 16.1 points and 280.9 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 109 tackles, Everson Griffen has 13 sacks and Harrison Smith has five interceptions. 

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The Bears are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Vikings are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 home games, 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games in December and 42-16 ATS in their last 58 games overall. The Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Minnesota, the home team is 22-8 ATS in their last 30 meetings and the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

We know the Minnesota Vikings are the better team by far, and they're a playoff team that's still playing for something, as a first round bye is on the line. However, this is a ton of points to just throw out there. When the Bears and Vikings met back in October, the game was decided by a field goal, and the Bears averaged four yards per carry against this Minnesota defense. Also, 10 of the last Bears' games have either resulted in a victory or a loss by single digits. The Chicago Bears may not win a lot of games, but they compete and find ways to hang around. I'm just not going to lay double-digit chalk in this spot. 

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Bears +12.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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