By William Hill
Last Updated: 7th January 2020
The Minnesota Vikings will make the trek to Chicago, Illinois to face the Chicago Bears this Monday at Soldier Field Stadium. The clash could have significant implications in the NFC North standings. A win for the Bears will secure their pass through to the playoffs, while victory for the away side would surely snuff out Green Bay’s hopes.
Bears vs Vikings: form and predictions
Matt Nagy’s men have been cruising in recent fixtures, and with three consecutive wins under their belts, the omens do not look good for Minnesota.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has single-handedly won his side games and leads the league with touchdown passes at home in 2018.
At Soldier Field Trubisky has 15 touchdowns, which adds to the Viking’s woes. The 24-year-old is assisted by a compact defensive unit which allows him to move as freely as possible in the pocket.
The first of our Bears vs Vikings predictions and betting tips forecasts Mitch to come up with the goods again on home turf.
Aside from him, the Bears receiver, Allen Robinson, has also impressed. In last week’s game against the Detroit Lions, he averaged over 20 yards per play, clinching two touchdowns in the process.
All in all, it looks to be a tough game for the Vikings. Yet, despite their poor form of late, this does not tell us the whole story about Mike Zimmer’s men.
While they have struggled defensively, flashes of individual brilliance in their offence provides some hope in the build-up to Monday’s game.
Stefon Diggs has been quarterback Kirk Cousin’s main red-zone target; Diggs has five touchdown receptions in five career games against the Bears.
While our betting tipsters are still projecting him to finish on the losing side, he’s our pick to take the game down to the wire.
Bears vs Viking predictions: score, best bet, first scoring play
Match predictions: Bears to win, trading @ 5/7
Nagy’s men are on a mini winning streak and the first match bet of our Bears vs Vikings predictions projects his side to extend it on home turf.
The Vikings have struggled in recent games and sit third in the current NFC North standings. This is a must-win game for the side travelling to Soldier Field, but the odds do not seem to be in their favour.
A leaky defence combined with a wasteful attacking unit has so far condemned them to miss out on the play-off spots, and the Bears are in a position where they can hammer in the final nail in the proverbial coffin.
The second match bet in our Bears vs Vikings predictions wagers that the Bears will steal possession away from Mike Zimmer’s offence.
Matt Nagy’s men lead the league with a plus-13 turnover ratio (24 takeaways to 11 giveaways), which doesn’t bode well for the Vikings.
To make matters worse, out of these turnovers, four have led to defensive touchdowns – a stat that includes three interception returns for points.
The Vikings offence, who have been known for lapses of concentration in the attack, will be punished for any mistakes made by their receivers, and we’re projecting them to do so and turnover first.
First scoring play: Chicago Bears to score first, forecast, odds @ 13/8
The last match bet in our Bears vs Vikings predictions and betting tips forecasts Mitchell Trubisky’s side to nail the first points of the game.
Trubisky has already thrown 19 touchdowns in 11 games this season in his attempt to keep up with Patrick Mahomes pace, and against a sub-par Vikings defence missing key players, we’re projecting it to be easy pickings for his team.
In last week’s game against the Lions, Trubisky was at it again in the opening quarter, punishing Matt Patricia’s defence early on in the game.
If the Bears quarterback is given the time and space in the pocket, there is no doubt that he’ll find touchdown targets in Jordan Howard and Kevin White, amongst others.