The 5-3-1 Minnesota Vikings will travel to Chicago to take on the 6-3 Bears in this week’s Sunday nigh matchup. Both of these teams enter this game playing well as of late and that continued in their last game. The Bears won their third in a row with a 34-22 home victory over the Detroit Lions last week. Khalil Mack returned after missing the prior 2 games with an ankle injury and had 2 sacks. The Vikings had a bye this week but defeated the same Detroit Lions the prior week 24-9. It was the teams fourth win the past 5 games after starting the season 1-2-1. This is an important NFC north contest as the Bears sit alone in first place while the Vikings are in second.
Mitchell Trubisky had one of the better games of his career against the Lions finishing with a passer rating of 148.6. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 355 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Allen Robinson who had 133 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 receptions. Anthony Miller also had a nice game with 122 yards and a touchdown. They struggled running the ball gaining just 52 yards on 22 carries, which is an average of 2.5 yards per rush. Defensively, They forced 3 turnovers with 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. The team also had 6 sacks and 7 tackles for losses with Mack leading the way with 2 each. For the year, the Bears defense has allowed their opponents to average 339 yards and 19.4 points per game.
The Vikings defense dominated the Lions in their last game played in week 9. They sacked Matthew Stafford 10 times and recovered a fumble. Defensive End Danielle Hunter had a monster game with 3.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for losses. He is now second in the league with 11.5 sacks. They also did a good job stopping the rush as the Lions gained just 66 yards on 24 carries, which is an average of 2.8 yards per run. Offensively, they only gained 290 yards but it was more than enough. Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 22 passes for 164 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His favorite target was Adam Thielen who had 4 catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. Dalvin Cook led the team with 89 rushing yards on 10 carries. On the season, the Vikings offense has averaged 24.6 points and 390 yards per game.
The Bears will have home field advantage in this game and are favored by 2.5 points. They have gone 6-3 against the spread this season including 4-1 at home. The Vikings have gone 5-3-1 against the spread including 2-1-1 on the road. Chicago has Mack back on defense and Trubisky is coming off his best game of the season. While this is a big matchup for the division, both teams still have 4 games left against NFC opponents. The Bears have not won the division since 2010 and the fans at Soldier Field will be ready for this important game.
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