Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Picks, Odds, Week 17 Predictions 12/29/2019
Game: Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -7
Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears head to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota opens this game as 7-point favorites. The total has been set at 41.5. The Bears are 7-8-0 ATS and 5-10-0 when betting on the total. The Vikings are 8-7-0 when wagering on the over/under and 10-5-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Chicago Bears took on the Kansas City Chiefs and were beaten 26-3. Running the show from under center for the Bears was Mitchell Trubisky who went 18/34 with 157 yards passing but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He finished the game without throwing an interception. David Montgomery paced the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 16 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 57 yards on 13 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.4 yards per tote. Allen Robinson II was the receiving yardage leader by earning 53 yards on 6 receptions. He notched an average of 8.8 yards per catch for the game. The Chicago Bears ran the ball 22 times and generated 101 yards which had them averaging 4.6 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, they ran 59 plays which gave them a total of 234 yards. Overall, the Bears racked up 18 1st downs and they had a total of 7 penalties for 50 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Chicago allowed 23 catches on 33 throws totaling 244 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. For the game, they allowed 350 yards but didn't get any takeaways. On the ground, the Bears allowed 106 yards on 29 attempts which is an average of 3.7 yards per carry allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free NFL pick from Tony Sink on the Dolphins vs Patriots contest.
Bears End Up at 7-8 After Loss
The Bears come into this matchup with a record of 7-8 for this year. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the league with an average of 17 points per contest, ranking them 30th in the league. As a team, they are averaging 87 rushing yards per contest which is 15th in the conference. For total yardage, they rank 15th in the conference and 29th in the league with 4,412 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Bears have compiled a total of 20 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns. They are a low scoring offensive team among NFC North teams and they will have to really have a good night if they want to have a good offensive game.
The Bears have one of the top tier defenses in the league, allowing 18.6 points per game which has them at 1st among NFC teams. In discussing rushing yards, Chicago is giving up 97.2 yards per game putting them 1st in the division and 6th among NFL teams. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.8 yards per rush putting them 2nd in the NFC and 4th in the NFL overall. In total, they have conceded 1,300 rushing yards through 15 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Bears have allowed 3,428 yards. Opponents are completing 63.6% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.9 yards per attempt. They have allowed 17 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns.
In their last game, the Minnesota Vikings took on the Green Bay Packers and lost 23-10. Mike Boone led the team in rushing for that contest. He tore off a long run of 7 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for a total of 28 yards on 11 carries which gave him an average of 2.5 yards per run. Stefon Diggs was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 57 yards on 3 receptions. He notched an average of 19.0 yards per reception for that contest. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Vikings was Kirk Cousins who went 16/31 with 122 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He walked away with 1 pick during the game. The Minnesota Vikings ran the football 16 times and generated 57 yards which gave them an average of 3.6 yards per attempt. On the day, the Vikings had a total of 7 1st downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 30 yards. In all, they totaled 53 plays which gave them a total of 139 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Minnesota gave up 26 completions on 40 tries for a total of 199 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.0%. In the running game, the Vikings gave up 184 yards on 32 attempts which means they had an average of 5.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded a total of 383 yards and earned 3 takeaways. Guy Bruhn has a free pick for the game between the Eagles and Giants.
Vikings Drop to 10-5 After Loss
The Vikings step onto the field holding a record of 10-5. In discussing the offensive production, the Vikings have an offense that could be called mediocre in the NFL. When looking at their ability to score points, the Vikings are currently ranked 1st in the NFC North and 7th out of all the teams in the league averaging 25.9 points per game. Minnesota is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 131 rushing yards per game, putting them 7th among NFL teams. As a team, they have a total of 1,959 yards rushing through 15 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Vikings average 357 yards per contest overall ranking them 13th in the NFL and 9th among NFC teams.
The Vikings are giving up 18.8 points per game which puts them at 2nd in the division and 6th in the league. Their pass defense is one of the middling groups in the league. They are giving up 237 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Vikings currently sit at 7th in the conference. They have allowed 23 passing TDs this year. In discussing points given up, they have given up 282 points in total. In discussing rushing yards, they are conceding 105 yards per game ranking them 14th in the NFL and 2nd in the NFC North. In 2019, they have allowed 1,570 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bears +7
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