The Chicago Bears hit the road on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Vikings to finish up the 2019 regular season. After being officially eliminated from the playoff picture, the Bears (7-8) have little to play for but could take pride in finishing the season on a high note with a win.
It is still a tall order, however, as the Vikings are 6-1 at home this season, and Kirk Cousins is leaps and bounds better when he is not playing in primetime games. The Bears are currently 3-4 on the road after starting the season 3-0 away from home.
The Vikings (10-5) have clinched a playoff berth, but after Monday night’s loss to the Packers, they won’t be winning the NFC North. With little to play for other than pride, you shouldn’t expect to see Minnesota’s full array of weapons, certainly not star running back Dalvin Cook, who didn’t play in Monday night’s matchup either.
The Vikings are seven-point favorites in this game, with the over/under set at 41.5.
Will The Bears Go Out With A Roar?
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky is expected to play in this game as he would any other, but the real star in this matchup is the Chicago defense, which has held Cousins in check to the tune of 0-3 since he joined the Vikings. However, Chicago has been brutal this season against the spread at 4-11 overall and 1-6 on the road.
Revenge For The Northmen?
Just like last year, the Week 17 matchup between the Bears and the Vikings means little. However, last year, the Bears still took the opportunity to beat down the Vikings even though they had already clinched a playoff spot, and little was left to be decided.
This season, with the roles reversed, revenge may be tempting. The Vikings come into the game 8-7 against the spread overall and 4-3 at home.
Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL Pick and Prediction
While the Bears’ defense has been the bane of Cousins’ Vikings career, the Bears’ offense has been nothing to brag about this season. Cousins should have adequate weapons available even without an appearance by Pro Bowl running back Cook. Amir Abdullah has been productive in replacing Cook as a pass-catching running back, while Matt Boone received the bulk of the carries Monday night against the Packers.
If the Vikings are going to win this game, Cousins needs to figure out his recent disconnect with wide receiver Adam Thielen, who was targeted four times but caught zero balls Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.
This game should be monitored throughout the week as far as expectations go for the Viking starters. If coach Mike Zimmer plans to play the Vikings’ key personnel to win the game, they should win the game straight up. However, the Bears’ defense is still stout, and they may have aspirations of playing spoiler. Take the Bears to cover and the under.
Pick & Prediction: Chicago Bears +7