Minnesota at Chicago- NFL Week 5 Monday Night Game Preview and Pick
A classic NFC North rivalry closes out betting action in Week 5 of the NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings going on the road to Soldier Field to tangle with the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Game time on ESPN is set for 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago Game Preview
The Vikings have been hit or miss all season long at 2-2 both straight-up and against the spread. While they looked sharp in Week 3 with a 34-17 victory against Tampa Bay at home in a game that closed as a PICK, they came out flat last week in a 14-7 loss to Detroit as 2.5-point home favorites with BetAnySports. The total has also been evenly split at 2-2 through their first four games. Minnesota now has to go back on the road with a 1-6 record both SU and ATS in its last seven road games.
Minnesota is hoping to have Sam Bradford back under center for Monday night after missing his last three starts nursing a knee injury. Case Keenum has got the start in his place and he has thrown for 755 yards and three touchdowns while completing 61 percent of his 100 passing attempts. The Vikings’ ground game took a major hit this past week in the loss to the Lions with rookie running back tearing his ACL to end his season.
Chicago will try and bounce back from last Thursday’s division loss to Green Bay in a 34-14 setback as a seven-point road underdog that dropped its record to 1-3 SU (2-2 ATS). This followed a stunning 23-17 upset at home against Pittsburgh as a 6.5-point underdog with BetAnySports. The Bears improved to 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games. They also covered at home this year as 6.5-point underdogs in a Week 1 loss to Atlanta.
The quarterback position in Chicago has also been an issue due the ineffective play of Mike Glennon. Head coach John Fox decided to turn the keys to the offense over to rookie Mitch Trubisky for Monday night’s game in what will be his first NFL start. Rookie running back Tarik Cohen has already made a big first impression with 181 yards rushing and 150 yards receiving in his first four games.
Minnesota at Chicago Free Game Prediction
This game sets up as the ultimate grinder with each team struggling to put points on the board. Given Minnesota’s issues with covering on the road combined with the Bears ability to cover at home, I will take the three points at BetAnySports with a play on Chicago ATS.