This week’s edition of Monday Night Football features a divisional matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. The game is scheduled to take place at Soldier Field in Chicago, on Monday, November 16, at 8:15 PM ET. This fixture will be covered on ESPN and stream live on fuboTV.
The Minnesota Vikings lead the Chicago Bears in the all-time head-to-head series 60-55-2, with the Chicago Bears winning the last four meetings.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Betting Odds
Moneyline: Minnesota Vikings -178 | Chicago Bears +150 (at FanDuel)
Spread: Minnesota Vikings -3.5 (-110) | Chicago Bears +3.5 (-110) (at FanDuel)
Total Over/Under: Over 43.5 (-105) | Under 43.5 (-115)
The Vikings Strive Off The Back of Dalvin Cook
The Minnesota Vikings are coming into this matchup riding on a two-game win streak, all thanks to the amazing play of the running back Dalvin Cook.
The stars of the Minnesota Vikings got dim after starting the season with a 0-3 record. Their stars shine bright again, having won three of their last five games, with Dalvin Cook rushing for 499 yards on 79 carries, finding the end zone seven times, and securing a receiving score. His success has also seen that the pressure placed on QB Kirk Cousins, who has never won the Bears after three attempts since he joined the team, has been elevated.
The Minnesota Vikings hope that the amazing form of Cook continues as he has only rushed for a total of 86 yards against the Bears, all three times he has encountered them.
A win for the Minnesota Vikings against the Chicago Bears might see them edge out to a six-game winning streak, with winnable games against the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars coming up next. The Minnesota Vikings can end up with a 7-5 record after these fixtures.
However, there are key injuries within the camp of the Minnesota Vikings, including G Pat Elfein (probable), DB George Iloka (out), CB Holton Hill (out), LB Anthony Barr (out), DT Micheal Pierce (out), TE Irv Smith (out), DE Danielle Hunter (out), and Cameron Dantzler (questionable).
Will the Chicago Bears be able to Clip the Wings of Dalvin Cook?
The Chicago Bears come into the game with a three-game losing streak, having lost most recently to the Tennessee Titans by 24-17. Having held the Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry to a meager 68 rushing yards, the Chicago Bears will have their eyes set on the Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, with hopes to shut him down.
The Chicago Bears started the season with a 5-2 record, though there were mostly close wins against below-average teams, like the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, and Falcons were all wins by four points differential, and a one-point win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a touchdown win over the Carolina Panthers without running back Christain McCaffrey.
The Chicago Bears had a running with three teams destined for the playoffs and lost by a combined score of 74-50, having allowed at least 24 points per game. With a struggling offense, the Bears quarterback play has been quite terrible despite replacing Mitch Trubisky early this season. Nick Foles has been poor.
The Chicago Bears are last in the league in rushing offense, having averaged 82.3 yards per contest. They are 29th in the league in scoring offense as they have averaged only 19.8 points per game. The Bears is seventh in the league by allowing 21.1 points per game this season.
The Chicago Bears camp is riddled with injuries, including WR Allen Robinson (Questionable), LB Roquan Smith (Questionable), OL Sam Mustipher (Doubtful), TE Cole Kmet (Questionable), C Cody Whitehair (Doubtful), Mitchell DB Trubisky (Out), WR Javon Wims (Out), G James Daniels (Out), RB Tarik Cohen (Out), K Eddie Pineiro (Out), Artie Burns (Out), DT Eddie Goldman (Out), DT John Jenkins (Out), RB David Montgomery (Out), S Tashaun Gibson Sr. (Questionable), S Sherrick McManis (Out), LB Barkevious Mingo (Questionable).
While the Chicago Bears defense is as good as expected, the offense is in terrible form. The Bears are the fourth lowest-scoring offense in the league. Against the Tennesee Titans, it took until the fourth quarter before the Bars could get on the score sheet. With such a poor scoring form, it is expected that the high scoring Minnesota Vikings will come out on top by the end of the game.