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Bears Vikings Betting – Bears, Vikings Set To Clash In Winter Wonderland Monday

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/17/2010 2:46:36 PM
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When the Chicago Bears travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings, it won’t be within the warm confines of the Metrodome. That option collapsed along with the roof of the Vikings’ home field this week, much the same way that Minnesota’s playoff chances did earlier this season. Head coach Leslie Frazier and company have embraced the role of spoiler, and there may not be a more suitable opponent for the Vikings to play that role against then the division rival Bears.

NFL Betting: Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings

Sports Betting Odds: Chicago - 7

Given the way that Chicago was beaten up by the New England Patriots in the snowy conditions at Soldier Field last week, it may be safe to say that Jay Cutler and company may prefer to be indoors. Regardless, the Bears are 5-1 on the road this season, and can move one step closer to clinching the division crown with a win on Monday.

Why To Bet On The Bears?

Chicago were blown away by the Patriots 36-7 last week, a game in which they trailed 33-0 at halftime and were outgained 475-185 in total yards. It was just the second time this season that they lost by more than one score, and the last time they did the Bears rebounded with a 14-point victory. Chicago is ranked near the bottom of the league in both pass and rush offense, but has found a way to put up at least 16 points in each of their nine wins this season, and that may be enough to get the NFL betting online win here. The Bears rank second against the run, and with the Vikings’ uncertain situation at quarterback, that should be a key factor.

Why To Bet On The Vikings?

Now that Minnesota has found a field to play on, they will need to find a quarterback to play with. Brett Favre’s hand is all kinds of colors, and with Tarvaris Jackson also injured the Vikings will turn to either rookie Joe Webb, or veteran signing Patrick Ramsey. Neither of them has taken a snap in the NFL in the past year, and Frazier will likely not make a decision until closer to game time. That will mean Minnesota relying even more heavily on its ninth-ranked rushing attack, and that could have the Vikings even more prepared for the snowy conditions that the teams will face.

How The Game Will Play Out

While the Bears will be playing for the chance to lock up the NFC North, Minnesota will be playing the role of spoilers and that will mean a lot less pressure for them at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings have shown flashes of their talent over the past couple of weeks, and despite being outmatched by a talented New York Giants team, could be ready to bounce back with a statement game before finishing the season with consecutive road games. Look for Minnesota to go down strong in a wild one.

NFL Betting Pick: Vikings


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