The Minnesota Vikings will be desperate for a win on Monday Night Football when they visit the Chicago Bears. The Vikings are one of five NFC teams at 6-7 and can’t afford to slip up in their quest for the postseason. They held on to beat the Steelers 36-28 on Thursday night in Week 14. The Bears (4-9) lost to the Packers 45-30 last Sunday night, the seventh loss in their last eight games. Veteran Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Dalvin Cook pace one of the league’s top offenses, while Bears rookie Justin Fields leads one of its worst.
Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Minnesota is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Bears vs. Vikings odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 45.5. Before you finalize any Vikings vs. Bears picks or NFL Week 15 predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine’s resident Vikings expert, R.J. White, has to say.
CBS Sports’ Fantasy and gambling editor, White ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
In addition, White has gone a stunning 39-19-3 on his last 61 picks involving the Vikings, returning well over $1,700 for $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has locked in on the Bears vs. Vikings matchup and just revealed his expert picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Vikings vs. Bears:
- Bears vs. Vikings spread: Minnesota -6.5
- Bears vs. Vikings over-under: 45.5 points
- Bears vs. Vikings money line: Minnesota -290, Chicago +235
- MIN: Vikings are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games as road favorites
- CHI: Bears are 5-8 ATS as home underdogs since 2019
Featured Game | Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Why the Vikings can cover
Running back Dalvin Cook could be the key on Monday Night Football against a Bears defense that ranks 24th in the league against the run, giving up 120 yards per game. The fifth-year running back rushed for 205 yards in the win against Pittsburgh and is third in the NFL with 978 yards in just 10 starts. Cousins is sixth in passing yards (3,569) and fifth in TD passes (27). He has a big-play wideout in second-year pro Justin Jefferson, who is second in the league in receiving yards with 1,288 (15.2 per catch).
Minnesota has given it up just 11 times, third-fewest in the NFL, while only two teams have fewer takeaways than Chicago’s 11. The Vikings have forced 16 turnovers but lead the NFL with 41 sacks. The Bears have given up 42, second-most in the league, and Fields has 10 interceptions in 11 games.
Why the Bears can cover
Chicago is 6-2 against the spread in the past eight meetings, and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last four. The Bears have won five of the past six matchups with Minnesota. The Bears will bank on running back David Montgomery to batter a Vikings defense that allows 129.5 rushing yards per game, 27th in the NFL. Montgomery has 608 rushing yards in nine starts and also has caught 26 passes for 193 yards. The rookie Justin Fields has struggled as a passer but has had success on the ground, rushing for 385 yards. He is averaging 176 passing yards per game, with six TDs and 10 interceptions.
Fields will need to get rid of the ball quickly against the Minnesota pass rush, and Cole Kmet could play a big role. The second-year tight end is second on the team with 43 catches for 419 yards. Receivers Darnell Mooney (750 yards, 14.2 per catch) and Allen Robinson (32 catches in 10 games) can make big plays if they get the chance. The Bears’ defense is in the top 10 in both total yards (336.5 per game) and passing yards (251.9). Linebacker Roquan Smith is fifth in the NFL in tackles (130) and has three sacks, while Robert Quinn has 14 sacks (tied for third).
How to make Bears vs. Vikings picks
White has scrutinized this matchup from all angles, and he is leaning Under on the point total. He also has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing his Bears vs. Vikings picks, and the rest of his expert NFL analysis, at SportsLine.
So who wins Vikings vs. Bears on Monday Night Football? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see R.J. White’s Vikings vs. Bears NFL expert picks, all from the insider who’s 39-19 on picks involving Minnesota, and find out.