Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings Week 17 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/30/2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
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 30, 2018. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 4.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 41.5.
The Bears have an ATS record of 11-4-0 while their over/under record is 8-7-0. The Vikings have an over/under record of 6-9-0 and they are 8-6-1 against the spread.
Valuable Chicago Bears Betting Trends
The Chicago Bears are 8-7-0 against the over/under
The Chicago Bears are 11-4-0 against the spread
Important Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
The Minnesota Vikings are 6-9-0 against the over/under
The Minnesota Vikings are 8-6-1 against the spread
Key Chicago Bears Injuries
12/23/18 LB Aaron Lynch Elbow is questionable Sunday vs Minnesota
12/23/18 S Eddie Jackson Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Minnesota
12/12/18 CB Bryce Callahan Foot IR
11/04/18 G Kyle Long Foot IR
10/10/18 LB Sam Acho Pectoral IR
09/04/18 WR Marlon Brown Undisclosed IR
08/03/18 TE Zach Miller Knee IR
Key Minnesota Vikings Injuries
12/23/18 RB C.J. Ham Elbow injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
12/23/18 LB Eric Kendricks Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
12/23/18 DB Marcus Sherels Foot injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
12/23/18 CB Xavier Rhodes Groin left last game, is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
11/28/18 S Andrew Sendejo Groin IR
11/04/18 CB Mike Hughes ACL IR
09/10/18 T Aviante Collins Elbow IR
09/04/18 DE Ade Aruna Knee IR
09/04/18 T Cedrick Lang Leg IR
09/04/18 DE Hercules Mata'afa Knee IR
09/04/18 FB Johnny Stanton Leg IR
09/04/18 TE Josiah Price Knee IR
08/10/18 C Nick Easton Neck IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Chicago Bears are 29th in the NFL in points scored with 397. They have run 950 plays this season for 5,170 yards, which ranks them 30th in the league in total offense. The Bears average 5.4 yards per play, which is 26th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 314 1st downs this year, placing them 32nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Chicago has run for 1,769 yards as a team, which ranks 16th in the NFL. They've run 431 times, averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bears have been penalized on offense 86 times for 694 yards so far this season, which has them 8th in the league in penalties. Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for 3,060 yards this season. He has completed 271 passes on 408 attempts for a completion percentage of 66.4%. His quarterback rating is 96. He averages 7.5 yards per pass attempt and 11.3 yards per completion.
Chicago is 9th in the league in points allowed on defense with 273. They have surrendered a total of 4,631 yards on D, which is 10th in the NFL. The Bears are ranked 12th in yards per play allowed with 4.9. Their pass defense has given up 5.4 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 13th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 357 passes on 582 attempts against the Chicago Bears defense this season, placing them 17th and 10th in the National Football League. The Chicago pass defense has also given up a total of 3,414 yards through the air, which is 7th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 324 attempts for 1,217 yards this year, putting them in 11th place in the league against the run. The Bears have committed 111 penalties for 992 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 17th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 29.1% of possessions on defense, which is 13th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Chicago is ranked 20th in the league in punt returns with 31. They've accumulated 413 punt return yards and average 13.3 yards per return, which is 3rd in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 44 yards. They have returned 23 kicks for 440 yards on special teams, ranking 4th in kick return yardage. The Bears average 19.1 yards per kick return and have a long of 31 yards this year. They are 26th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,206. The Chicago Bears have attempted 29 field goals this season and made 22, which is 30th in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 75.9%. Chicago Bears kickers have made 95% of their extra points, going 41 for 43 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,617 yards on 59 punts, averaging 44.4 yards per punt. That places them 7th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Minnesota Vikings have run for 1,430 yards as a unit, which ranks 7th in the league. They've run 342 times, averaging 4.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Vikings have been penalized on offense 89 times for 749 yards so far this year, which has them 22nd in the NFL in penalties. They are 10th in the National Football League in points scored with 350. They have run 951 plays this year for 5,365 yards, which ranks them 11th in the NFL in total offense. The Vikings average 5.6 yards per play, which is 13th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 298 1st downs this season, ranking them 6th overall as an offensive unit. Kirk Cousins has completed 405 throws while attempting 573 passes for a completion percentage of 70.7%. He has passed for 4,166 yards this year. He averages 10.3 yards per completion and 7.3 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 100.9.
The Vikings rush defense has given up 403 attempts for 1,646 yards this season, putting them in 2nd place in the NFL against the run. They have had 95 penalties for 732 yards on defense this year. That places them 20th in the league. They've allowed a score on 33.5% of possessions on defense, which is 3rd in the NFL. Minnesota is 1st in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 317. They have given up a total of 4,623 yards on D, which is 1st in the league. The Vikings are 2nd in yards per play allowed with 5. Their pass defense has allowed 5.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 2nd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 297 throws on 477 attempts against the Minnesota Vikings defense this season, ranking them 7th and 19th in the league. The Vikings pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,977 yards in the air, which is 2nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Minnesota Vikings have tried 31 field goals this season and made 21, which is 9th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 67.7%. Minnesota kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 35 for 36 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,999 yards on 68 punts, averaging 44.1 yards per punt. That ranks them 32nd in the NFL in punting average. Minnesota is 6th in the NFL in punt returns with 28. They've totaled 311 punt return yards and are averaging 11.1 yards per return, which is 7th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 70 yards. They have returned 22 kicks for 540 yards on special teams, placing them 21st in kick return yardage. The Vikings average 24.5 yards per kick return and have a long of 46 yards this season. They are 8th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,447.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bears +4.5
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