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Our NFL betting expert brings you his best Bears vs. Vikings predictions and picks for his or her NFL Week 5 showdown, which is live Sunday on Fox at 1 p.m. EST.
After holding on for a three-point victory against Recent Orleans in London last week, the Vikings (3-1) aim to stay unbeaten against NFC North foes as they face the 2-2 Bears, who’re coming off a 20-12 road loss to the Recent York Giants.
Bears vs. Vikings predictions
- Vikings to cover -7.5, @ -110 via BetMGM
- Dalvin Cook over 18.5 rushing attempts, @ + 100 via BetMGM
- Greg Joseph under 1.5 field goals made, @ +100 via BetMGM
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Bears vs. Vikings picks and evaluation
The Vikings won their first two division games by 16 and 4 points, respectively, with Kirk Cousins throwing for no less than 260 yards in each contests.
Chicago has alternated wins and losses through 4 weeks, but its bugaboos were an excessive amount of to beat against the Giants. The Bears allowed six sacks while surrendering 262 yards on the bottom.
Vikings to cover -7.5
The Bears rank thirty second within the NFL with 183.3 rushing yards allowed per game, a trend that bodes well for Vikings feature back Dalvin Cook.
Still, the Chicago secondary figures to be in for an equally daunting challenge after Justin Jefferson snagged 10 receptions for 147 yards against Recent Orleans on 13 targets.
Jefferson has eclipsed 100 yards receiving in three of his 4 profession games versus the Bears, and whilst quarterback Kirk Cousins and Co. work out some kinks, Jefferson could also be in line to maintain that trend rolling.
Put simply, the Vikings boast more firepower than the Bears, who hope to see higher things from second-year signal-caller Justin Fields. Fields had a season-best 11 completions and 174 yards through the air against the Giants, but having left guard Cody Whitehair (knee) land on injured reserve this week won’t do any favors for Fields’ protection. Nor a running game that has seen a spark from Khalil Herbert as David Montgomery contends with an ankle injury.
Our Pick: Vikings to cover -7.5, @ -110 via BetMGM
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Dalvin Cook over 18.5 rushing attempts
Well-run territory here, however the Bears have been brutal against the run. Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is averaging 5 yards per carry in three home games, a split that features his 76 yards on 20 carries across the pond.
Cook has a mean of 111 yards per game against the Bears previously 4 head-to-head meetings.
He gained 96 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown in his most up-to-date appearance at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 3. Considering the Bears’ woes against the run, search for Cook to get loads of totes on this one.
Our Pick: Dalvin Cook over 18.5 rushing attempts, @ + 100 via BetMGM
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Greg Joseph under 1.5 field goals made (+100)
Vikings kicker Greg Joseph connected on field goals of 28, 36, 24, 46 and 47 yards in London en path to earning plaudits as NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
He won’t have a likelihood at a repeat performance if the Vikings can finish drives.
Given the Bears’ shoddy defense of late and query marks within the secondary — Jaylon Johnson began the week with an illness after missing the past two games resulting from injury — expect the Minnesota attack to go to the top zone, not stall shy of it.
Our Pick: Greg Joseph under 1.5 field goals made, @ +100 via BetMGM
Bears vs Vikings odds
Odds courtesy of BetMGM. Correct on the time of publishing and subject to vary.
|Team||Spread||Moneyline||Total Points 44|
|Bears||(+7.5) -110||+260||Over -110|
|Vikings||(-7.5) -110||-350||Under -110|