Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears 1/9/22 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Chicago Bears (6-10) vs. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
January 9, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 / Chicago Bears +2.5; Over/Under: +45
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The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears clash Sunday in a week 18 NFL matchup from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The Chicago Bears come into this game on the heels of back-to-back wins after a 29-3 win over the New York Giants last time out. Justin Fields has thrown for 1,870 yards, 7 TDs and 10 interceptions on 58.9% passing while Andy Dalton has 1.190 passing yards on 61.7% passing with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. David Montgomery has a team-high 777 rushing yards with 7 scores. Darnell Mooney leads Chicago with 929 receiving yards and 4 scores while Cole Kmet has 564 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Roquan Smith has a team-high 157 total tackles while Robert Quinn has a team-high 18 sacks.

The Minnesota Vikings will try to rebound from a heartbreaking 37-10 loss at the hands of the rival Green Bay Packers last time out. Kirk Cousins has thrown for 3,971 yards, 30 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 66.4% passing but his status for this game is up in the air because of COVID. Dalvin Cook leads the Vikes with 1,080 rushing yards with 6 TDs and Alexander Mattison has 473 rushing yards as well this season. Justin Jefferson leads the Vikings’ receivers with 103 grabs for 1,509 yards and 9 touchdowns while Adam Thielen has 726 receiving yards on 67 grabs with a team-high 10 TDs. K.J. Osborn and Tyler Conklin have a combined 1,221 receiving yards and 9 receiving TDs as well this season. On defense, Eric Kendricks leads the Vikings with 143 total tackles while contributing 5 sacks while Danielle Hunter and D.J. Wonnum each have a team-high 6 sacks and Armon Watts and Everson Griffen each have 5 sacks as well this season. Nick Vigil and Anthony Barr each have 3 interceptions as well for the Vikings’ defense this season.

Chicago is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 division games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in January while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Minnesota is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog.

I get the allure of the Vikings in a must-win game and Chicago has nothing to really play for. However, Kirk Cousins is likely to be rusty if he ends up clearing protocols here and in the two games since Andy Dalton re-took over the offense for the Bears, the Bears have all of a sudden looked competent offensively. I just don’t think the Vikings have enough in the tank to get over the finish line here and I look for the Bears to win one more for Matt Nagy to try to save the coaches’ job. Give me the Bears in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Chicago +2.5

Chris Ruffolo

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