The Minnesota Vikings are on a roll and they will fancy their chances of claiming the win and bragging rights when they travel to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
Vikings With the Wind in Their Sails
After wins in their last two outings against the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, Minnesota find themselves with much more confidence as they head to Chicago.
However, it just shows how tough their start to the season was, that the Vikings are still rock-bottom of the NFC North as they currently hold a 3-5 record.
Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer has described his defense unit as a “work in progress” but they have certainly come up trumps for him over the last two weeks.
Against a Bears offense that has been struggling to let loose, the Vikings are favourites to come away from Soldier Field with the spoils and are
5/9 to claim the victory.
Bears Have Lost Their Way
It was a case of Chicago being able to grind out wins at the start of the season but the Bears have been found out in recent weeks.
LA Rams, New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans have all enjoyed wins against Chicago in the Bears’ last three outings and now head coach Matt Nagy and his side are staring down the barrel of a fourth successive defeat.
Quarterback Nick Foles has struggled to get back to the form that helped him lead the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl success a couple of years ago.
While he was helping the Bears grind out those wins the early part of the campaign, those victories seemed to be covering up some of the cracks and now the pressure is on the 31-year-old to turn things around, or Chicago might be looking for alternative options next season.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is hardly smelling of roses right now either, so it will be intriguing to see which playmaker can guide their side to victory on Monday night.
This will certainly be no walk in the park for the in-form Vikings and Chicago with +3.5 on the points spread at
50/59 is worth considering.
However, Minnesota have their tails up and they should be able to edge out this one at Soldier Field, as their promising defense continues to develop.
That mean defense will also play it’s part in the total points of the game, with
25/27 on offer for there to be under 43 points in the contest.
It could well be too little too late for the Vikings this season in terms of playoff football, but the progress made over the last couple of weeks will give Zimmerman something to work with, for a Minnesota side that have had just two NFC North titles in the last 10 years.
*All odds correct at time of writing