Sunday Night Football’ odds, line: Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings picks and predictions from top-rated expert who’s 31-13 on Chicago, Minnesota games
First place in the NFC North is on the line on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET when the Minnesota Vikings meet the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The matchup features two of the NFL’s top defensive units, as the Bears rank fourth in total defense, followed by the Vikings at fifth. Minnesota returns to action off a bye week, while Chicago looks to win its third straight home game and fourth overall after blowing out Detroit last week. In the current Bears vs. Vikings odds, Chicago is a 2.5-point favorite after the spread opened at three. The over-under for total points scored has dropped to 44 after opening earlier in the week at 45.5. Before you lock in your Bears vs. Vikings picks and predictions for Sunday Night Football, check out what SportsLine expert RJ 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’s defense has been stout since a win at Philadelphia in Week 5, allowing 274.8 yards per game and recording 20 sacks over the last five games. The Vikings rank third and second in the NFL during that span, respectively, and dropped Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford 10 times in their last game.
Minnesota’s offense ranks No. 12 in the NFL in total yards at 374.3 per game. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown for 2,685 yards, the seventh-highest total in the NFL entering the Week 11 NFL schedule, and his 102.2 passer rating is ninth-best in the league.
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.