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Bears vs Vikings Betting Odds - Peterson will regain the spotlight by abusing Chicago

Posted by Stan Simmons on 11/23/2009 3:53:14 PM
latest NFL linesBears vs Vikings odds feature one cruising team and one collapsing one. Minnesota looks like the class of the NFC this side of New Orleans. Chicago, meanwhile, is melting down. Sports betting fans take note: that slide likely won't end anytime soon, as Adrian Peterson is poised to abuse the Bears' poor rush defense.

Bears vs Vikings odds: Vikings -10.5 (TOTAL: 47)
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 29 at 4:15 p.m. ET
WHERE: Metrodome
KEY STAT: The Bears are allowing 122 rush yards per game
PICK: Vikings -10.5

Bears vs Vikings odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
Minnesota isn't one of the two remaining undefeated teams, but it looks just as unstoppable. The Vikings completely dismantled Seattle last week, winning 35-9. That's three straight wins for the Vikings, who own a big lead in the NFC North. Minny is now gunning for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

It's another story in the Windy City, where the hopes that Jay Cutler could put Chicago over the edge have blown away. Cutler continues struggling with his new team, which lost 24-20 to Philly on Sunday night. The Bears have dropped three in a row and five of six overall. Barring something crazy, the playoffs are a pipe dream.

Bears vs Vikings odds maker breakdown: Offense
Brett Favre set a personal single-game record by completing 88 percent of his passes against the Seahawks. In fact, Favre had more touchdown passes—four—than incompletions (three). He's now on pace for 34 touchdowns and five interceptions, not to mention a career high in passer rating. The fact that he can hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson is downright terrifying.

Speaking of terrifying, Bears fans are growing increasingly scared that Jay Cutler isn't all he's cracked up to be. In a crucial game against Philly, with the playoffs essentially on the line, Cutler threw for just 171 yards on 43 attempts. The Bears' running game wasn't especially effective either, once you factor out Kahlil Bell's 72-yard scamper.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Bears vs Vikings odds maker breakdown: Defense
Injuries and age have ravaged the Bears' defense, which is allowing 22.5 points per game. Chicago is struggling to stop the run and the Eagles racked up 157 yards on the ground last week. The pass defense has quietly been effective, but that won't help slow down Peterson.

Minnesota is giving up just over 19 points per contest. The run defense has been dominant, ranking third in the NFL, but the pass "D" is pretty solid too, mostly thanks to a great pass rush. The Vikings give up some yardage but, with such a strong rush, they can get the big stops too.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Bears vs Vikings odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Receiver Bernard Berrian is nursing a sore hamstring, but he hasn't been one of Favre's higher profile targets. Viking corner Antoine Winfield has a foot injury but could return this week. Chicago is pretty nicked up overall but there's nothing new to report this week.

Betting Edge: Even

Bears vs Vikings odds for total: 47
The Minnesota offense is firing on all cylinders, and Adrian Peterson is going to be way too much for the Bears to handle. Chicago will fall behind early and be forced to throw, meaning some garbage-time-type touchdowns. The score should actually creep up fairly high in this one. Bet the over at your sportsbook.

Pick: OVER 47

Bears vs Vikings betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
Thanks to the recent heroics by Tennessee's Chris Johnson, running back Adrian Peterson isn't hearing his name and "best running back in the NFL" mentioned in the same sentence as often. That will change Sunday night, when he and Minnesota's dominant offense line abuse a poor Bears run "D." Bet on the Vikings to cover and then some.

STAN'S PICK: Vikings -10.5

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