Against the Spread Pick
An NFC North battle here that is pretty meaningless for both sides at the Minnesota Vikings host the Chicago Bears. The Vikings are locked into the sixth seed in the NFC, so they will be resting most of their starters here including quarterback Kirk Cousins. Minnesota isn’t hiding the fact that they aren’t really trying to win this game, and I think the Bears win this one pretty easily. The Bears got embarrassed by the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football last week, but before that they had actually been playing pretty well. Sean Mannion is going to start at quarterback for Minnesota here, and he is one of the worst backup quarterbacks in the league. I’ve seen a fair amount of his preseason action, and it hasn’t been pretty. Mannion has only started one regular-season game in his career, and he averaged only 4.97 yards per attempt with no touchdowns and a turnover in that one. Lay the points with Chicago.
Over Under Pick
I think the under also makes a lot of sense in this spot. Mannion is obviously going to struggle against a still very solid Bears defense, and he’s going to be playing without most of Minnesota’s top offensive weapons. Dalvin Cook has already been ruled out, and I’d be surprised if Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen suited up either. Minnesota is just looking to get out of this game without any injuries, so expect them to be running the ball a ton and trying to kill as much clock as possible. Chicago’s offense has been a massive disappointment all season long, and I don’t think Mitchell Trubisky is going to have too much success on the road here. The Bears mustered just three points in their most recent game, and this one should be very low scoring.