Minnesota Vikings (5-1) at Chicago Bears (1-6)
|Date & Time||Monday October 31, 2016, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Bears +5.5 -- Over/Under: 41
The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears meet in a week 8 NFC NFL showdown Monday night at Soldier Field on ESPN.
The Minnesota Vikings look for their third road victory of the season to build on their NFC North lead. The Minnesota Vikings have lost back-to-back games just once since the start of last season. Sam Bradford is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Bradford has two or less touchdown passes in his last 15 games. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have combined for 714 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 26 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 74.3 yards per contest, and Jerick McKinnon leads the way with 217 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 14 points and 279.5 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 45 tackles, Danielle Hunter has four sacks and Andrew Sendejo has two interceptions.
The Chicago Bears are desperate for a big home victory to climb out of a brutal 1-6 hole. The Chicago Bears have now lost six or more games in six straight seasons. Jay Cutler is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 373 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Cutler has been cleared to play for the first time since week 2 after suffering a thumb injury. Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal have combined for 858 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Cameron Meredith has 27 receptions. The Chicago Bears ground game is averaging 87.9 yards per contest, and Jordan Howard leads the way with 352 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Chicago is allowing 24.1 points and 350.4 yards per game. Jerrell Freeman leads the Chicago Bears with 65 tackles, Willie Young has six sacks and Tracy Porter has two interceptions.
The Vikings are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Monday games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Bears are 8-24-1 ATS in their last 33 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Vikings are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 meetings in Chicago and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.
This is a lot of points to lay with a road team on Monday night, but the Chicago Bears simply aren't a good football team and now are throwing Cutler back in the mix. Cutler against a Minnesota Vikings defense that's allowing the fewest points and yards per game while forcing a league high 16 turnovers. Yeah, that makes the Bears nearly unbackable in this game. You just can't make a case to take the Bears and the points here, as that Vikings defense is going to give Cutler and that poor Chicago offensive line hell.
This is a Vikings or pass game.