Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears : A huge NFC North battle takes place on “Sunday Night Football” at 8:20 p.m. ET when the Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings, with first place in the division on the line. The Bears (6-3) hold the top spot right now following three straight double-digit victories and face a Vikings (5-3-1) team that has won four of its last five following a slow start and is coming off a bye.
Both clubs routed the Lions in their previous game. Chicago is a 2.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 44.5 in the latest Bears vs. Vikings odds. Before you make any Bears vs. Vikings picks, listen to what SportsLine expert R.J. White has to say.
The renowned prognosticator has cashed big in the prestigious Las Vegas SuperContest two of the last three years and has now turned his eye toward “Sunday Night Football.” White has a strong history of success in handicapping these NFC rivals, as evidenced by his incredible 31-13 record on against the spread picks involving Minnesota or Chicago over the past two seasons.
Last week, White advised SportsLine members that Chicago’s top-ranked defense and underrated offense would be no match for the Lions. He predicted the Bears (-6.5) would roll to a blowout, and they did just that in a 34-22 victory. Anyone followed his advice pocketed an easy winner.
Now, White has studied Vikings vs. Bears on “Sunday Night Football” from every possible angle and released a strong point-spread selection that is only available at SportsLine.
He knows the Bears traded for linebacker Khalil Mack just before the season and he’s made a huge difference for a defense that ranks No. 4 in yards allowed (319.6) and scoring (19.4 points per game). Mack has seven sacks, four forced fumbles, an interception and a touchdown in just seven games.
In last week’s win over Detroit, the Lions were held to 305 yards, many of which came in the fourth quarter with the outcome already in hand. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky sparked the offense with 255 passing yards and three touchdowns.
But just because the Bears have been humming along doesn’t mean they’ll cover on “Sunday Night Football.”
White also knows Minnesota appeared to turn the corner with a road win against Philadelphia and has dominated every opponent since with the exception of a home loss to the Saints. In their last outing, the Vikings held the Lions to just three field goals and 209 total yards. Defensive end Danielle Hunter had 3.5 of a franchise-record 10 sacks of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins gave a solid performance with 164 yards on 18 of 22 attempts with one touchdown and one interception. Dalvin Cook led the rushing attack with 89 yards on 10 carries.
We can tell you White is leaning toward the Over, but his much stronger play is on the side. White has scrutinized Vikings vs. Bears from every angle, crunched the stats, and found a crucial X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
Who covers in Vikings vs. Bears? And what crucial X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL analyst who’s hitting an astounding 70 percent of his spread picks involving these teams.