Monday Night Football Odds & Preview — Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have apparently had quite enough of the direction they were going in, and are starting in their brand new direction – at least they hope – on Monday night, when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings in a game that is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM ET at Soldier Field in the Windy City. Remember that if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can enjoy reduced juice for better Monday night football odds before the game starts, and then take advantage of the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra to place wagers in real-time.
The Bears had handed the keys to the offense to Mike Glennon, who had formerly been a rookie starter in Tampa Bay, performing reasonably well but later losing his job to Jameis Winston. He was given a boatload of guaranteed money to come to Chicago and hold the starting quarterback spot in the wake of the retirement of Jay Cutler. And of course, when the team drafted Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina with the #2 overall pick, this made Glennon more or less a “seat warmer.”
Well, that seat didn’t get TOO warm; Glennon had one victory in four starts and got nothing going against the Green Bay Packers last time out. And so coach John Fox, perhaps looking at his own job security, figured it was now or never. So Trubisky, who started only one year at North Carolina but became the darling of pro scouts for his arm strength and delivery, will get his chance.
The Vikings will come back to Sam Bradford as their starting QB for this game. Bradford had injured his knee in the second game against Pittsburgh, and given way to Case Keenum, who had one outstanding game for them against Tampa Bay, but he has been participating in practice, albeit on a limited basis, and coach Mike Zimmer has given him the green light.
In the Monday night football odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Vikings are laying points:
Minnesota Vikings -3.5
Chicago Bears +3.5
Over 41 points -110
Under 41 points -110
There had been some concern about Trubisky because of the fact that he’d had so little in the way of collegiate experience, but he shows a lot of confidence, and that manifested itself in the pre-season, when he completed 36 of 53 passes for a 106.2 QB rating. And even then, fans were making some noise about him starting the season under center. After all, you pretty much know what you have with Glennon already. There would appear to be a high ceiling with this kid.
He should at least get some decent support from the ground attack, because the Bears can throw two different types of runners at the opponent. Jordan Howard, who had such a good rookie season that he wound up in the Pro Bowl, averaged almost six yards a carry against the Vikings in the two meetings these teams had, and rookie Tarik Cohen gives the team a nice “scatback” option. The offensive line is relatively solid too. But the Bears commit too many turnovers, and their secondary has not intercepted a pass as of yet.
Can Bradford’s knee hold up? That’s a good question. But speaking of knees, Dalvin Cook, the rookie who had been supplying some spark this season (4.8 ypc) after the Vikings had failed to move on the ground in 2016, tore his ACL and is out. That’s the kind of big blow that makes a difference when you’re trying to keep some pressure off your quarterback. We’re going to grab the Bears with the points and look for the upset here.
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