Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears Prediction, 12/20/2021 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 15
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears
Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Bears (+4)
Soldier Field is the location where the Chicago Bears (4-9) will take on the Minnesota Vikings (6-7) on Monday. Minnesota opens as 4-point favorites. The over/under is set at 43.5.
The Minnesota Vikings head into this matchup 6-7 this season. In their last contest, the Vikings faced the Steelers and notched a win by a score of 36-28. Dalvin Cook was the rushing leader for the Vikings with 27 carries for 205 yds (7.6 yards per carry). K.J. Osborn averaged 27.7 yards per catch by earning 83 yds on 3 catches. Kirk Cousins finished 14/31 with 216 yards passing and 2 TDs. He had a QB rating of 63.4 and walked away from the contest with 2 interceptions. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Vikings gave up 106 yds on 24 attempts, which averages out to 4.4 yds per rush surrendered. Minnesota surrendered 28 completions on 40 tries for 269 yds, and a completion rate of 70.0%. When the final whistle blew, they tallied 67 plays which totaled 458 yds. The Minnesota Vikings ended up rushing 36 different times and totaled 242 yds, which is an average of 6.7 yds per carry.
Concerning putting points on the board, the Minnesota Vikings hold an average of 26.5 points per game. Offensively they're averaging 123.2 yards in the run game which has them sitting 11th in the league. The Vikings have tallied 5,077 total yards over the course of this year. Minnesota has a total of 167 1st downs, and they have been flagged for 95 penalties for 899 yds. They have turned the football over 11 different times (5 interceptions and 6 fumbles). When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Minnesota has amassed 27 passing touchdowns and 9 touchdowns on the ground.
In terms of yards through the air, the Vikings have given up 3,275 yards which ranks them 25th in the NFL. They have conceded 251.9 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 63.0%. In total, they are conceding 381.5 yards/game putting them at 29th in the league. They have granted 24 touchdowns through the air and 12 touchdowns pounding the rock. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.7 yards per run and 129.5 rushing yards per contest this year. During this campaign, they have conceded 1,684 yards on the ground through 13 games. The Vikings rank 25th in the league when it comes to team defense, allowing 25.6 points per game.
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The Bears come into this game with a record of 4-9 this season. In their last game, the Bears took a defeat with a final score of 45-30 when they played the Packers. David Montgomery carried the ball 10 times for 42 yds, finishing the game with 4.2 yards per attempt for Chicago. Damiere Byrd was featured in the passing game for the Bears, catching 2 balls for 76 yds (38.0 yards per catch). Justin Fields (2 touchdowns) finished the game with 224 yards on 18/33 through the air while his quarterback rating was 70.8. He threw 2 interceptions and his avg yards per attempt was 6.79 yards. Chicago allowed 24 run attempts for 119 yards (5.0 yards per carry). The Bears secondary conceded a completion rate of 78.4%, surrendering 320 yds on 29 out of 37 through the air. The Bears finished the game with 347 yds on 58 plays (6.0 yards per play). Chicago rushed for 6.0 yards per tote, finishing with 137 yards on 23 carries.
When looking at this team's ability to score points, the Bears are sitting 28th in the league by tallying 17.8 points per outing. Over the course of the season so far, the Bears have compiled 2,295 passing yards not to mention holding an average of 176.5 passing yards per outing, which has them ranked 32nd out of all NFL teams. They are averaging 126.0 run yards per game and have run for 1,638 yards in total. The Chicago Bears are averaging 302.5 yards per game which has them sitting 31st in the NFL. The Chicago offense has accrued 705 penalty yards on 82 infractions, which ranks 18th in the league in terms of helping out the opposition. They have thrown 16 interceptions while conceding 6 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 126 first downs.
Chicago has given up a total of 1,560 yards on the ground (120.0 yards per game) and 13 touchdowns rushing this year. They have conceded 24 touchdowns through the air in addition to 216.5 yards per outing, ranking them 8th out of all teams. They have compiled 11 takeaways (6 fumbles and 5 picks) on the season. In total, they have allowed 332 points in total. The Bears defense has participated in 793 plays, which is 9th in the league. The Bears are allowing 25.5 PPG, which has them ranked 24th of all teams in the NFL.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Bears NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bears +4
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