Chicago at Minnesota Week 17 Betting Prediction & Lines

Posted by Peter Boysen on December 28, 2016 in

What a whirlwind season the Minnesota Vikings have had…entering the preseason as NFC North defending champs and hoping for so much out of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and tailback Adrian Peterson. Then both went down for injuries that would ruin their seasons…so the Vikings traded away the future when they gave the Philadelphia Eagles a bucket of good draft picks for quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford led the Vikings to a 5-0 start, but now the Vikings sit at a 7-8 record and find themselves out of the playoff hunt. The Bears are just 3-12 on the season, but one of those three victories came over these same Vikings down in Chicago earlier this season. You can find all of our NFL betting insights for Week 17 and the playoffs beyond as you line up your wagers.

Chicago at Minnesota Week 17 Betting Prediction & Lines

When: Sunday, January 1, 2017, 1:00pm ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Radio: Chicago / Minnesota
Live Stream: NFL Live
NFL Odds: Minnesota (-5.5), O/U 41

Why should you bet on the Bears?

Chicago has an 0-7 road record this season, but they almost beat Detroit a couple of weeks ago up in Motor City, falling 20-17. The real problem here is that opponents have figured out backup quarterback Matt Barkley, who is playing out the string for the Bears. Against Washington last week, he threw an unsightly five interceptions. Tailback Jordan Howard remains the only positive factor in the Bears’ offense, as he has a good shot at Offensive Rookie of the Year in the NFC, as he is nearing 1,200 rushing yards on the season. But if you like the Bears here, you think that they can go in against a feisty (and angry) Vikings defense with a backup quarterback and move the ball successfully.

Why should you put your money on the Vikings?

The Vikings went up to Green Bay last week in the hopes of at least spoiling the Packers’ chances of winning the NFC North, but the Packers jumped out to an early 14-3 lead and then rolled to a 38-25 win. Bradford threw for 382 yards and three scores, two of them to Adam Thielen. However, the Vikings’ defense, usually an ironclad bunch, simply could not cover Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. It came out after the game that the Vikings secondary decided to go against Mike Zimmer’s plan during the first half and use their own coverage scheme, and Nelson went nuts, a major part in the Packers’ 28 first-half points. They followed the coach’s plan after halftime, but it was too late by that point. This team has turned from a winner last year (and the first third of this season) into a dumpster fire, and I’m not sure playing at home can remedy that.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I hope Bridgewater can come back and lead this team next year to another NFC title, but right now they look ridiculous. They might be able to eke out a last-second field goal for a win against Chicago, but they won’t cover. I predict a final score of Minnesota 26, Chicago 24.