Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Week 5 NFL Picks & Predictions 10/9/2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
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The Minnesota Vikings head to Soldier Field to play the Chicago Bears on Monday, October 9, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 3.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 41. The Vikings are 2-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-2-0. The Bears are 2-2-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 1-3-0.
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Valuable Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
The Minnesota Vikings are 2-2-0 against the over/under
The Minnesota Vikings are 2-2-0 against the spread
Important Chicago Bears Betting Trends
The Chicago Bears are 1-3-0 against the over/under
The Chicago Bears are 2-2-0 against the spread
Key Minnesota Vikings Injuries
10/02/17 RB Dalvin Cook ACL out for season
10/01/17 RB Jerick McKinnon Ankle injured last game, "?" Monday vs. Chicago
10/01/17 WR Michael Floyd Suspension Served probable Monday vs. Chicago
10/01/17 T Rashod Hill Knee "?" Monday vs. Chicago
10/01/17 QB Sam Bradford Knee "?" Monday vs. Chicago
09/05/17 DE Datone Jones Shoulder IR
09/05/17 QB Teddy Bridgewater Knee PUP
Key Chicago Bears Injuries
10/02/17 QB Mitchell Trubisky None expected to start Monday vs. Minnesota
10/01/17 OL Hroniss Grasu Hand "?" Monday vs. Minnesota
09/30/17 LB Danny Trevathan Suspension 2-game suspension (eligible to return 10/22 vs. Carolina)
09/29/17 DB Quintin Demps Arm IR
09/22/17 LB Nick Kwiatkoski Pectoral out indefinitely
09/12/17 LB Jerrell Freeman Concussion IR
09/10/17 WR Kevin White Shoulder IR
09/04/17 DB Deiondre' Hall Hamstring 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
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Minnesota Vikings are 18th in the National Football League in points scored with 79. They have run 247 plays this year for 1,485 yards, which ranks them 6th in the NFL in total offense. The Vikings average 6 yards per play, which is 6th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 77 1st downs this season, ranking them 17th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Minnesota has run for 432 yards as a unit, which ranks 17th in the league. They've run 109 times, averaging 4 yards per rush as a unit. The Vikings have been penalized on offense 23 times for 244 yards so far this year, which has them 29th in the NFL in penalties. Case Keenum has passed for 755 yards this year. He's completed 61 throws while attempting 100 passes for a completion percentage of 61%. His quarterback rating this season is 94.4. He averages 12.4 yards per completion and 7.6 yards per pass attempt.
Minnesota is 10th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 76. They have given up a total of 1,272 yards on D, which is 14th in the league. The Vikings are 12th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense has allowed 6.4 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 20th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 97 throws on 143 attempts against the Minnesota Vikings defense this season, ranking them 29th and 22nd in the league. The Minnesota pass defense has also surrendered a total of 987 yards in the air, which is 26th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 93 attempts for 285 yards this season, putting them in 5th place in the NFL against the run. The Vikings have had 29 penalties for 221 yards on defense this year. That places them 15th in the league. They've allowed a score on 40.5% of possessions on defense, which is 25th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Minnesota is 29th in the NFL in punt returns with 3. They've totaled 23 punt return yards and are averaging 7.7 yards per return, which is 16th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 13 yards. They have returned 7 kicks for 180 yards on special teams, placing them 4th in kick return yardage. The Vikings average 25.7 yards per kick return and have a long of 39 yards this season. They are 3rd in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 1,430. The Minnesota Vikings have tried 6 field goals this season and made 6, which is 12th in the league. Minnesota Vikings kickers have made 75% of their extra points, going 6 for 8 this season. Their punters have accumulated 472 yards on 11 punts, averaging 42.9 yards per punt. That ranks them 28th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Chicago Bears have run for 470 yards as a team, which ranks 12th in the NFL. They've run 103 times, averaging 4.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bears have been penalized on offense 30 times for 234 yards so far this season, which has them 12th in the league in penalties. They are 29th in the NFL in points scored with 61. They have run 251 plays this season for 1,225 yards, which ranks them 22nd in the league in total offense. The Bears average 4.9 yards per play, which is 22nd in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 77 1st downs this year, placing them 18th overall as an offensive unit. Mitchell Trubisky is making his first career start for the Bears in place of the ineffective Mike Glennon. The Bears drafted Trubisky 2nd overall and Bears fans are excited to see what he can do.
The Bears rush defense has allowed 98 attempts for 342 yards this year, putting them in 6th place in the league against the run. Chicago has committed 25 penalties for 202 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 7th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 42.9% of possessions on defense, which is 29th in the league. They are 27th in the league in points allowed on defense with 104. They have surrendered a total of 1,225 yards on D, which is 10th in the NFL. The Chicago Bears are ranked 15th in yards per play allowed with 5.2. Their pass defense has given up 6.5 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 22nd in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 80 passes on 127 attempts against the Chicago defense this season, placing them 12th and 10th in the National Football League. The Bears pass defense has also given up a total of 883 yards through the air, which is 16th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Chicago Bears have attempted 3 field goals this season and made 2, which is 32nd in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 66.7%. Chicago kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 5 for 5 this year. Their punters have totaled 679 yards on 14 punts, averaging 48.5 yards per punt. That places them 6th in the NFL in punting average. Chicago is ranked 18th in the league in punt returns with 6. They've accumulated 55 punt return yards and average 9.2 yards per return, which is 13th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 17 yards. They have returned 8 kicks for 182 yards on special teams, ranking 3rd in kick return yardage. The Bears average 22.8 yards per kick return and have a long of 29 yards this year. They are 13th in the league in all-purpose yards with 1,217.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Bears NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bears +3.5
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