Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings Week 17 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/31/2017
Sunday, December 31, 2017
U.S. Bank Stadium
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The Chicago Bears travel to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, December 31, 2017. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 12.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 40. The Bears have an ATS record of 7-7-1 while their over/under record is 4-11-0. The Vikings have an over/under record of 7-8-0 and they are 11-4-0 against the spread.
Valuable Chicago Bears Betting Trends
The Chicago Bears are 4-11-0 against the over/under
The Chicago Bears are 7-7-1 against the spread
Important Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
The Minnesota Vikings are 7-8-0 against the over/under
The Minnesota Vikings are 11-4-0 against the spread
Key Chicago Bears Injuries
12/24/17 TE Adam Shaheen Chest is "?" Sunday vs Minnesota
12/24/17 OL Bobby Massie Knee left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Minnesota
12/24/17 OL Josh Sitton Ankle is "?" Sunday vs Minnesota
12/24/17 OL Tom Compton Concussion is "?" Sunday vs Minnesota
12/20/17 LB Pernell McPhee Shoulder IR
12/05/17 DL Mitch Unrein Knee IR
12/04/17 K Cairo Santos Groin IR
12/03/17 OL Kyle Long Shoulder IR
11/21/17 LB Leonard Floyd Knee IR
10/30/17 TE Zach Miller Knee IR
10/10/17 LB Willie Young Triceps IR
09/12/17 LB Jerrell Freeman Concussion IR
09/10/17 WR Kevin White Shoulder IR
09/04/17 RB Ka'Deem Carey Wrist IR
09/04/17 LS Patrick Scales Knee IR
08/30/17 WR Cameron Meredith ACL IR
08/12/17 C Eric Kush Hamstring IR
Key Minnesota Vikings Injuries
12/24/17 C Nick Easton Ankle is out indefinitely
12/23/17 DB Tramaine Brock Foot is "?" Sunday vs Chicago
12/15/17 TE Blake Bell Shoulder IR
11/08/17 QB Sam Bradford Knee IR
10/02/17 RB Dalvin Cook ACL IR
09/05/17 DE Datone Jones Shoulder IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Chicago Bears are 29th in the NFL in points scored with 254. They have run 881 plays this season for 4,398 yards, which ranks them 30th in the league in total offense. The Bears average 5 yards per play, which is 23rd in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 254 1st downs this year, placing them 30th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Chicago has run for 1,758 yards as a team, which ranks 11th in the NFL. They've run 407 times, averaging 4.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bears have been penalized on offense 105 times for 827 yards so far this season, which has them 10th in the league in penalties. Mitch Trubisky has thrown for 2,015 yards this season. He has completed 176 passes on 294 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.9%. His quarterback rating is 78.5. He averages 6.9 yards per pass attempt and 11.4 yards per completion.
Chicago is 10th in the league in points allowed on defense with 297. They have surrendered a total of 4,778 yards on D, which is 8th in the NFL. The Bears are ranked 11th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense has given up 5.9 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 11th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 322 passes on 500 attempts against the Chicago Bears defense this season, placing them 18th and 10th in the National Football League. The Chicago pass defense has also given up a total of 3,196 yards through the air, which is 8th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 396 attempts for 1,582 yards this year, putting them in 12th place in the league against the run. The Bears have committed 106 penalties for 807 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 9th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 33.9% of possessions on defense, which is 17th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Chicago is ranked 19th in the league in punt returns with 30. They've accumulated 265 punt return yards and average 8.8 yards per return, which is 14th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 61 yards. They have returned 43 kicks for 902 yards on special teams, ranking 3rd in kick return yardage. The Bears average 21 yards per kick return and have a long of 46 yards this year. They are 23rd in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,832. The Chicago Bears have attempted 21 field goals this season and made 15, which is 29th in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 71.4%. Chicago Bears kickers have made 93% of their extra points, going 25 for 27 this year. Their punters have totaled 3,724 yards on 80 punts, averaging 46.6 yards per punt. That places them 10th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Minnesota Vikings have run for 1,810 yards as a unit, which ranks 8th in the league. They've run 465 times, averaging 3.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Vikings have been penalized on offense 88 times for 846 yards so far this year, which has them 29th in the NFL in penalties. They are 9th in the National Football League in points scored with 359. They have run 988 plays this year for 5,383 yards, which ranks them 9th in the NFL in total offense. The Vikings average 5.4 yards per play, which is 14th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 313 1st downs this season, ranking them 6th overall as an offensive unit. Case Keenum has completed 304 throws while attempting 452 passes for a completion percentage of 67.3%. He has passed for 3,358 yards this year. He averages 11 yards per completion and 7.4 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 98.1.
The Vikings rush defense has given up 349 attempts for 1,307 yards this season, putting them in 2nd place in the NFL against the run. They have had 95 penalties for 812 yards on defense this year. That places them 11th in the league. They've allowed a score on 29.2% of possessions on defense, which is 3rd in the NFL. Minnesota is 1st in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 242. They have given up a total of 4,214 yards on D, which is 1st in the league. The Vikings are 2nd in yards per play allowed with 4.7. Their pass defense has allowed 5.2 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 2nd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 304 throws on 518 attempts against the Minnesota Vikings defense this season, ranking them 8th and 18th in the league. The Vikings pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,907 yards in the air, which is 3rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Minnesota Vikings have tried 37 field goals this season and made 32, which is 8th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 86.5%. Minnesota kickers have made 86% of their extra points, going 31 for 36 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,636 yards on 63 punts, averaging 41.8 yards per punt. That ranks them 32nd in the NFL in punting average. Minnesota is 14th in the NFL in punt returns with 32. They've totaled 321 punt return yards and are averaging 10 yards per return, which is 7th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 46 yards. They have returned 24 kicks for 595 yards on special teams, placing them 22nd in kick return yardage. The Vikings average 24.8 yards per kick return and have a long of 39 yards this season. They are 7th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,466.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bears +12.5
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