Another NFC North divisional rivalry concludes in Week 15 NFL betting action. The Chicago Bears travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. When they first met a month ago, the sportsbook was even more generous to the Bears. Our expert advice breaks down the Bears vs Vikings betting picks and NFL odds, which sides the sports betting markets have backed so far, and some recommendations for your NFL picks.
|Game: Chicago Bears (6-7) at Minnesota Vikings (6-7)
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
The Chicago Bears took money from bettors in last Sunday’s NFL matchup as 2½-point underdogs against the Houston Texans. Once the line fell to a single point, money came back in favor of the Houston Texans, and the line finally closed Bears +1. Opening at 46, the total was bet down to 44½ early, and eventually back up to a close of 46½.
The over nearly cashed in a remarkable 36-7 Bears’ boat race around the Texans in which they began with an 80-yard David Montgomery touchdown run and never looked back. Over bettors were crushed, as the Bears carried a 30-7 lead to the locker room at the half, and only two more Chicago field goals would be scored in the second.
The Minnesota Vikings had to reach the touchdown underdog spread before bettors put their money behind Minnesota. Vikings +7 looked like a fine bet, as they handily beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the stats sheet. But Dan Bailey missed ten points worth of kicks and the refs did the Vikings no favors. They lost 14-26, cashing the under bets on a total of 51½.
Bears vs Vikings Betting Picks: NFL Betting Lines
Chicago Bears +155 (6-7) | Minnesota Vikings -175 (6-7)
Bettors got down on the Bears even before the sun came up on Monday. Chicago’s moneyline went from +165, down a nickel to 160 by Monday, and another one again on Thursday, to the current price. Favorite price for the Vikings is –175.
We’ll take the Vikings on the moneyline here, but the value is tight, giving them roughly a 68% chance of winning.
Pick: Minnesota Vikings -175 to win
Chicago Bears +3 Ev (6-7) | Minnesota Vikings -3 -120 (6-7)
The point spread here flashed four at open before that vanished an instant later. It’s stuck at a pricey -3 right now.
If the recency bias has any say here, it’s the place to buy low on Minnesota and sell high on Chicago. The Bears didn’t even need to play the second half last Sunday, while the Vikings got positively fleeced by the refs in a game they could have won 23-9 if everything breaks the other way.
Without a final injury report, it’s hard to guess which way this line will move, but we’d guess it sticks at three with the vig moving. The price of -120 might improve.
Pick: Minnesota Vikings -3 -120
Tuesday morning bets to the over took the total from an open of 46 up to 47. After some early injury NFL news, that’s come back down a half point.
We lean to the under here, but would guess/hope that number climbs back up to the key of 47 before playing it.
Pick: Under 46½
Bears vs Vikings Betting Picks Final Score: Bears 20, Vikings 24