NFL Week 5 – MNF – Vikings at Bears
We’re already almost through Week 5 as the week winds down with Minnesota visiting Chicago on Monday Night Football. This game is critical to both franchises, as a loss would likely push the Bears out of the playoff picture entirely (although, that seems to be a formality, anyway) and the Vikings need a win to keep pace with the Packers and Lions.
Minnesota Vikings -4 (EVEN) at Chicago Bears +4 (-120) Total: 40.5
Barring a setback, it looks like quarterback, Sam Bradford, will return tonight to start for the Vikings. He has been sidelined since Week 1 with a knee injury. Case Keenum has started three games for the Vikings during his absence and gone 1-2.
The Vikings are coming off a 14-7 loss last week on Sunday against visiting Detroit. The offense struggled heavily under Keenum, but the defense still played exceptionally well, as they have all season. To make matters worse, they also lose star rookie runner, Dalvin Cook, for the season due to injury.
The season has been tougher for the Bears. Their lone win came against the Steelers in Week 2, and we last saw them getting shellacked by the Packers on Thursday Night Football in primetime. Chicago’s defense has been strong this season, but their offensive woes are among the worst in the league.
Chicago signed Mike Glennon to a lucrative free-agent deal in the offseason but also drafted UNC quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, with the second overall pick. After playing poorly all year, they are moving on from Glennon and giving Trubisky the reins.
Tonight’s game will be his NFL start. It will be a tall task for the young signal caller against a tough Minnesota defense.
The odds initially opened as a pk. However, the odds moved in Minnesota’s favor all week. The number is at -4 (EVEN) at Bovada but is -3.5 at most other sportsbooks. The total hasn’t moved much since opening at 40 points.
This is one of those games that is much better if you got the Vikings lone before they went to -3.5 or -4. Still, they are my chosen side for tonight’s game with the current odds. I think Trubisky will handle the offense better than Glennon (he’s far more mobile) and will make some decent starts this year, but this is about as rough a spot as ever to get started in the NFL.
Yes, I know they are at home, but this Vikings’ defense is fearsome and should force some turnovers. The total seems about right in this game, with Bradford coming back the Vikings may opt to slow down the offense and run a bit more, and the Bears already play a conservative style with strong defense.
Pick: Vikings -4 at Bovada.lv