Chicago Bears (5-10) at Minnesota Vikings (6-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 28, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -6.5 -- Over/Under: 44
The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings end their seasons with a matchup Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Chicago Bears have lost four straight games and continue their disappointing season. Jay Cutler is completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Cutler has five total touchdowns and four picks in his last two games, and the Bears have 40 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett have combined for more than 1,900 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Marquess Wilson has 10 receptions in his last two games. The Bears ground game is averaging four yards per carry, as Matt Forte leads the way with 987 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the Chicago Bears are allowing 28.6 points, 381.5 yards, and they’ve forced 36 sacks and 23 turnovers. Ryan Mundy leads Chicago with 92 tackles and Willie Young has 10 sacks.
The Minnesota Vikings have split their last four games and hope to end the season on a positive note. Teddy Bridgewater is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bridgewater has three touchdowns and three picks in his last two games, and the Vikings have 40 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Charles Johnson has 12 receptions in his last three games. The Vikings ground game is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, as Matt Asiata leads the way with 479 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Minnesota Vikings are allowing 22.3 points, 350.1 yards, and the’ve forced 40 sacks and 19 turnovers. Robert Blanton leads Minnesota with 106 tackles and Everson Griffen has 12 sacks.
The Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 games overall. The Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bears are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the home team is 18-6 ATS in their last 24 meetings.
Recently, the Vikings are playing games that come down to the wire, which forces me to take the points here. I expect Cutler to have one of his better games of the season after being benched last week, as he's possibly auditioning for a new team. Give me the Bears an the points.