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Vikings Bears Betting – Minnesota Faces Make-Or-Break Moment In 2010 Season

Posted by Tony Bryant on 11/8/2010 2:54:20 PM
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The Minnesota Vikings barely stayed alive this past weekend in their attempt to make the NFL postseason. Now they must win again in Chicago Bears to maintain playoff hopes.

NFL Betting: Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Online Betting Odds: Minnesota Vikings -1

Why To Bet On The Vikings

The Vikings probably would have been a dead duck in the chase for an NFL playoff spot if they had not rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday. A loss would have put Minnesota at 2-6, effectively ending this team’s hopes of playing meaningful games in mid-January. At 3-5 after the win, it’s still somewhat possible for this team to make a push at a 9-7 or 10-6 record and sneak out with the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Because embattled (and beaten-up) quarterback Brett Favre was able to rally the troops to a 27-24 overtime victory, a lot of the pregame drama surrounding the Arizona game could very well fade away. It was reported that Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin got into a heated confrontation with beleaguered coach Brad Childress (who actually might still be fired in the coming days if more bad news tumbles out of Minneapolis), but Harvin made several key catches on Sunday and continued to play hard. This team showed that it still cares about making the playoffs; it did not quit on its coach, or perhaps more accurately, it continues to play hard in spite of a coach who is frankly doing all he can to divide the team. If Minnesota can beat the Bears, this soap-operatic ballclub will be just one game behind Chicago in the NFC North and will be back in the wild card race. Expect a big effort from Minnesota now that the season is still alive; had the Vikings lost to the Cardinals, they probably would have used this game to begin tanking on their season.

Why To Bet On The Bears

Chicago also received a confidence boost this past week. The Bears have not played a good football game since their late-September win over Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Since then, the Bears’ only win had been a defense-dominated 23-6 pasting of woeful Carolina. As Chicago traveled to Toronto to take on the Buffalo Bills, coach Lovie Smith’s team needed to get a win, and when Buffalo took a 19-14 fourth-quarter lead and was driving in Chicago territory, the Bears could feel their own playoff chances slipping away.

Then Tim Jennings changed everything.

The cornerback intercepted Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick at the Chicago 38 and returned the pick 39 yards to the Buffalo 23, setting up a game-winning touchdown in a 22-19 victory for the Bears. Now, this team – whose offensive line has been decimated by injuries – might be able to gain new momentum as the second half of the season begins in earnest.

How The Game Will Play Out

Plainly put, Minnesota has more weapons and better lines than Chicago does. The lingering question is if the Vikings’ locker room will hold strong as more revelations (possibly) emerge about the ways in which Brad Childress is failing to handle his players properly. If enough Minnesota players get angry at Childress, they’ll try to sabotage the season. The feeling here, though, is that as long as Brett Favre can win a game like he did last week, the Vikings will play for their quarterback, just not their coach. That will be enough to win in Chicago and keep the Vikings’ playoff push intact.

Vikings Bears Betting Pick: Vikings


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