Last Updated on November 16, 2020
- The Minnesota Vikings are -2.5 against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 10. The total is set to 43.
- The Bears have lost three games in a row.
- Dalvin Cook is leading the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
This week’s Monday Night Football game is a battle between NFC North rivals going in different directions. The Chicago Bears are 5-4 after starting the season off 5-1. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are 3-5, but they have two consecutive wins against divisional foes with their sights set on a third.
The Bears have one of the best defenses in the league, but they can sometimes struggle to contain the ground game. That’s bad news against the NFL’s leading rusher, Dalvin Cook.
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Bears – Vikings Odds MNF Week 10[metabet_core_game_tile query=”nfl/bears” site_id=”actionrush”]
The Vikings are -2.5 going into this game despite having a losing record. You can get the Bears as high as +3 on some sportsbooks. The Vikings are -150 on the moneyline which implies a 60% chance to win outright.
The total is set to 43 or 43.5 right now. This is a relatively low number, but it makes sense for these two teams. The Bears have an elite defense and the Vikings are leaning on Dalvin Cook heavily in the run game.
Game Preview & Betting Angles
This game is a tale of two cities. For the Vikings, it’s the best of times. For the Bears, it’s the worst of times. Minnesota seems to have found the winning formula and the main ingredient is Dalvin Cook.
Cook is leading the NFL in rushing yards (858) and rushing touchdowns (12) in only seven games. In fact, Cook has rushed for a touchdown in every game he’s played this year. Cook ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns last week in the blowout win over the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings are leaning on Cook while scaling back how much Kirk Cousins throws the ball. The quarterback has only thrown the ball 34 times in their last two games, both wins. This keeps Cousins from making costly mistakes either with turnovers or taking sacks.
Mitigating Chicago’s defensive line is a good way to take them out of what they like to do defensively. Khalil Mack is one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the league and he’s at his best on obvious passing downs. If Minnesota can consistently move the ball on the ground, they can prevent Mack from blowing this game wide open.
With all that said, Chicago is capable of shutting down elite running backs. They held All-Pro Derrick Henry to just 68 yards on 21 carries last week. They couldn’t pull out the victory, but stopping the run game is a major key for a second consecutive week.
On the offensive side of the ball, things are a little trickier for the Bears. The offensive line is in shambles and Nick Foles is constantly on the run from pass rushers. The former Super Bowl MVP is putting up decent stats this year, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that the Bears are playing from behind in most games.
The Bears have not scored 24 points in a game started by Nick Foles this season.
The Vikings have held 3 opponents below 24 points this year. In those games Kirk Cousins has AVERAGED 18.67 PASS ATTEMPTS PER GAME.
— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) November 10, 2020
These teams are polar opposites when it comes to over-unders. Minnesota 6-2 on overs in 2020, but Chicago’s strong defense and woeful offense are leading to the Bears going just 3-6 on overs. The Vikings are 5-3 against the spread while the Bears are 5-4.
Who is the public betting on tonight?
Currently, NFL public consensus picks are leaning towards the underdog Chicago Bears tonight.
|Week 10 MNF Splits|
|Teams||Point Spread||% Handle||% Bets||Total Points||% Handle||% Bets||Moneyline||% Handle||% Bets|
|MIN Vikings||-3.5||32%||18%||Over 43.5||68%||66%||-186||39%||50%|
|CHI Bears||+3.5||68%||82%||Under 43.5||32%||34%||+160||61%||50%|
|Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook|
Bears vs. Vikings MNF Prop Bets
Keep an eye out throughout the week for player props to hit the board. There are already game and team props out for Bears vs. Vikings, but let’s be honest, player props are more fun. Here are a few of our favorites:
|Quarterback||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TD|
|Kirk Cousins (MIN)||27.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||225.5 (Ov +100 | Un -125)||1.5 (Ov -104 | Un -121)|
|Nick Foles (CHI)||36.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||270.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||1.5 (Ov -137 | Un +110)|
|Running Backs||Rush Attempts||Rush Yards||Rush + Receiving Yards|
|Dalvin Cook (MIN)||20.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||86.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||102.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)|
|Wide Receivers + Tight Ends||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Adam Thielen (MIN)||4.5 (Ov +130 | Un -162)||59.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||24.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)|
|Justin Jefferson (MIN)||4.5 (Ov +120 | Un -150)||53.5 (Ov -118 | Un -106)||24.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)|
|Allen Robinson (CHI)||N/A||67.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||N/A|
|Darnell Mooney (CHI)||N/A||42.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||17.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)|
|Kyle Rudolph (MIN)||N/A||29.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||15.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)|
|Jimmy Graham (CHI)||N/A||35.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||16.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)|
How To Watch Bears – Vikings Monday Night
- Date: Monday, Nov. 16
- Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
- Location: Soldier Field (Chicago, Illinois)
- TV: ESPN
Betting Picks & Score Prediction
When the spread is only a few points like this, take the team that is trending in the right direction. Even though Minnesota won’t surprise Chicago with its offensive gameplan on Monday night, the Bears might not be able to stop it anyway.
Take the Vikings laying the points because Dalvin Cook is playing some of the best football of his career. If he can continue to run the ball down everyone’s throat, that takes a ton of pressure off of the shoulders of Kirk Cousins. He’s not an elite quarterback, but he can be effective when he has a strong running game.