The Minnesota Vikings will try and put aside the Brett Favre-Brad Childress saga as they travel to Chicago on Monday for an ESPN televised game against the Bears. The star quarterback and head coach have had their disagreements this season over play calling and it came to a head last week when Childress tried to take Favre out of the game against Carolina. Both Favre and Childress have said things have been worked out but that remains to be seen. What is clear is that Minnesota has not played well in recent weeks. The Vikings started the season 10-1 but they are 1-2 since that time and Favre has three TDs and four interceptions in those games.
Minnesota is a 7-point favorite with a total of 41 at SBG Global.
Minnesota has already clinched the NFC North but they want to get the second seed in the NFC and a first round bye but if they slip up on Monday against Chicago that may not happen. The good news for the Vikings is that they face a Chicago team that is a mess. The Bears are in total disarray and they don’t look like a team that can challenge Minnesota. The Vikings routed the Bears 36-10 earlier this season in Minnesota as Favre threw three touchdown passes.
Minnesota needs Favre to play better but they also need to run the ball. Adrian Peterson has been held in check the last two NFL betting games, rushing for just 54 yards combined. “Our offense starts with Adrian Peterson and that’s where it ends, and we have to get that back on track,” Favre said. Peterson is averaging 106.5 yards with nine touchdowns in five career games against Chicago.
The Bears have lost eight of their last ten games and things are a mess. Head coach Lovie Smith’s job may be in jeopardy as well. He is owed a lot of money but the Bears may decide they need to fire him anyway. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been a disaster, throwing 25 interceptions to lead the league.
Minnesota is just 1-7 at Soldier Field since 1991. The Vikings are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in December. The Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Chicago.
The Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. the NFC North. The Bears are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog. The Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
The Under is 6-0 in the Vikings last 6 NFL betting games overall. The Under is 6-0 in the Bears last 6 games overall. The Under is 4-1 in the Bears last 5 home games.