The Bears vs Vikings renew hostilities. Neither team will make the playoffs, but the heated rivals should be plenty motivated after their Week 15 meeting took on the look of a street fight. Minnesota will be favored for the fourth straight time over Chicago in the NFL odds.
- Game: Chicago Bears (6-10) at Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
- Location: U.S. Bank Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
- Television: FOX
Bears vs Vikings Betting Lines
|Chicago||+5½ (-110)||+200||44 (-110o)|
|Minnesota||-5½ (-110)||-240||44 (-110u)|
Bears vs Vikings Head-to-Head
The Vikings’ 17-9 victory in Week 15 was a chippy affair. Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chicago’s Justin Fields while the Bears were whistled for four personal fouls.
The Vikings were a seven-point favorite in the Las Vegas oddsand covering for good 17-3 with 5 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Chicago scored on the last play of the game. The meaningless extra point – at least for the NFL and non-bettors – was eliminated by the owners in 2018. The total was 47½.
Next game: 2022 Week 1
Under players had to sweat out the final 9:30 with 32 points on the board. New York was credited with minus-10 yards passing as Chicago registered four sacks for minus-34 yards.
Rookie quarterbackFields has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Fields, who missed the last two games because of an ankle injury, was on track to play before testing positive. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) and linebacker Robert Quinn (shoulder) are questionable.
The #Bears placed QB Justin Fields on the COVID-19 reserve list, almost certainly knocking him out on Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2022
Next game: 2022 Week 1
Minnesota was eliminated from playoff contention with a 37-10 loss at Green Bay. The Vikings were a 13-point underdog without starting quarterback Kirk Cousins (COVID-19). Minnesota was outside the number for good when the Packers made it 20-0 with 1:05 to play in the first half. Green Bay scored the game’s final points with 8:41 left, pushing the game over the 43 total.
Cousins has been removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list and is expected to start. Who his starting linemen will remain a question as guard Ezra Cleveland and tackle Christian Darrisaw were added to the list Monday.
Betting on the Game
It is hard to imagine the Bears being extra fired up in an attempt to save coach Matt Nagy’s job.
The spread shot up two points from 3½ with the news on Fields. The money line has also been affected with Minnesota opening at -185 and sailing as high as -250 before settling on the current number. The total hasn’t budged.
Chicago is on a roll with two wins in a row – straight up and against the spread. Minnesota has dropped two straight – SU and ATS, albeit to potential NFC finalists Green Bay and Los Angeles. The over prevailed in those two losses and in six of the last seven Vikings games.