The Minnesota Vikings own the recent rivalry with the Chicago Bears, winning six of the last seven meetings straight up including a sweep of the season series last year. But the Bears are 4-3 against the spread over that span, keeping several games close as underdogs. Chicago will be favored, though, for Sunday night’s key Black-and-Blue clash with the Vikings at Soldier Field.
NFL point spread: The Bears opened as three-point favorites; the total was 45.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
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Minnesota bounced back from that loss to New Orleans three weeks ago to beat Detroit two weeks ago 24-9. The Vikings then enjoyed last week off.
Minnesota drove the opening possession of the game against the Lions 65 yards to a touchdown, let Detroit get within 7-6, then used a 17-0 run spanning the halves to take control on its way toward the victory and the cover as a five-point favorite.
On the day, the Vikings out-rushed the Lions 128-66, while the defense scored a touchdown of its own, held the Detroit offense out of the end zone all day and recorded a team-record 10 sacks.
Minnesota has now out-gained each of its last five opponents, going 4-1 SU and 3-1-1 ATS along the way.
Chicago is 3-0 both SU and ATS its last three times out, after dispatching of those same Lions last week 34-22. The Bears drove their first three possessions of the game 75, 91 and 71 yards to touchdowns, turned a takeaway into another touchdown and led 26-7 at the half. They then pushed that advantage to 34-10 before allowing Detroit to score 12 meaningless points in the fourth quarter, creating a misleading final score.
On the day the Bears out-gained the Lions 402-305, and most of the yardage the Chicago defense allowed came in garbage time. The Bears also won the turnover battle 3-0.
Chicago has now won its last three games by an average score of 33-14. At 6-3 the Bears lead the NFC North by a half-game over Minnesota, and they own the No. 3 spot in the NFC playoff standings.
The Vikings are out-rushing opponents this season by three yards per game, but Chicago is plus-36 in per-game rushing yards. And teams that win the ground battles are 108-38 SU and 103-41 ATS so far this NFL season. The smart money here bets the Bears.
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