Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Preview and Odds - 01/09/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, January 9, 2022
Venue:  U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Where to Watch:  Fox

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Bears +2.5, Vikings -2.5; Over/Under:  44 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Bears +2.5, Vikings -2.5; Over/Under:  44.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Bears +2.5, Vikings -2.5; Over/Under:  44.5 points
 

Season Record

Chicago Bears:  6-10 (3rd place, NFC North)
Minnesota Vikings:  7-9 (2nd place, NFC North)
 
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Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Chicago Bears:  won at home on January 2 against the New York Giants 29-3.
Minnesota Vikings:  lost on the road on January 2 against the Green Bay Packers 37-10.
 
 
 

Chicago Bears Analysis

The Bears are coming into this game with a 6-10 record overall and they are 3-5 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 6th and final divisional matchup of the year and they are currently 2-3 in their division games this season but they have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Their last loss was against the Minnesota Vikings but they have gone on a 2 game winning streak since then with wins coming against the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants in their last game. Andy Dalton completed 18/35 passes for 173 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in that one. David Montgomery also threw 1 interception as well. Montgomery led the team in rushing with 64 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries. Darnell Mooney led the receivers with 69 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions. Roquan Smith led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones. Trevis Gipson led the defense in sacks in that game with 2 while Deon Bush and Tashaun Gipson both caught 1 interception each in that one. They have scored 294 points in their 16 games this season averaging 18.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 376 points against them allowing 23.5 PPG. Their offense is averaging 304.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 315.6 YPG. 
 
 

Minnesota Vikings Analysis

The Vikings are coming into this game with a 7-9 record overall and they are 4-3 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 6th and final divisional matchup on their schedule this year and they are currently 3-2 in their division games this season but have already been eliminated from a trip to the postseason. Their last win was against the Chicago Bears but they have gone on a 2 game losing streak since then with losses coming against the Los Angeles Rams and the Green Bay Packers in their last game. Kirk Cousins was out of that game with covid so Sean Mannion was the starting quarterback and he completed 22/36 passes for 189 yards and 1 touchdown in that one. Mannion also led the team in rushing with 14 yards on 2 carries while Dalvin Cook had 13 yards on 9 carries. Justin Jefferson led the receivers with 58 yards on 6 receptions while K.J. Osborn had 50 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions. Xavier Woods led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on the defense was able to record a sack or an interception for them in that one. They have scored 394 points in their 16 games this season averaging 24.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 409 points against them allowing 25.6 PPG. Their offense is averaging 364.8 YPG while their defense is allowing 385.4 YPG.
 
 

 

Bears vs Vikings Prediction

The Vikings are coming into this game as a 2.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Both of these teams have no chance of making it to the postseason and have been eliminated from contention. The Vikings did not play well in their last game but they were missing a lot of their players in that game but they will likely be back for this last game. Even with Mannion at quarterback, the Vikings moved the ball alright in that game. The Bears are also just trying to get to the finish line here and have Andy Dalton finishing out their games. The Vikings have already beaten the Bears just a few weeks ago in Chicago and now get to be at home for this game to finish out their season. The Vikings are a much better team and have played better than the Bears all season. The best bet to place in this game is on the Vikings to cover the spread here as they will try to finish their season off on a good note here.
 
Bears Vikings Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, January 9, 2022 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Vikings 24 Bears 16.
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NFL Betting Trends

 
Chicago Bears: 18-31 ATS in all games. 12-20 ATS as an underdog. 7-11 ATS as a road underdog. 9-15 ATS in road games. 35-60 ATS in a road game where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points. 13-23 ATS against conference opponents. 5-12 ATS versus division opponents.
Minnesota Vikings: 13-8 O/U in games where the line is +3 to -3. 30-20 O/U in all games. 17-10 O/U as a favorite. 8-3 O/U as a home favorite of 7 points or less. 21-9 O/U in all games where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points. 24-15 O/U when playing with 6 or less days rest. 
 

Key Injuries

 
Chicago Bears:  J. Fields (QB) Ques Sun - Ankle injury. D. Shelley (DB) Ques Sun - Heel injury. J. Holtz (TE) Ques Sun - Personal.
Minnesota Vikings:  B. Ellefson (TE) Ques Sun - Knee injury. C. Dantzler (CB) Ques Sun - Calf injury. M. Pierce (DT) Ques Sun - Illness.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"People just didn't let me forget about it all day. While I was just trying to brush it off and play football. Even by the guys on the bench. They just want to see a teammate, brother, everyone be successful." - Robert Quinn on breaking Richard Dent’s single season sack record in their last game against the Giants.
 
 
"Give them credit. They're a good team and they got after us tonight." - Mike Zimmer on his team’s loss against the Packers in their last game. 
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Chicago Bears
WR Robinson, Allen 
WR Mooney, Darnell 
WR GOODWIN, MARQUISE 
TE Kmet, Cole 
TE GRAHAM, JIMMY 
QB Fields, Justin 
RB Montgomery, David 
 
Minnesota Vikings
WR Justin Jefferson
WR Osborn, KJ 
WR      Westbrook, Dede
TE Conklin, Tyler
QB COUSINS, KIRK 
RB Cook, Dalvin 
FB Ham, CJ 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Chicago Bears
Passing: J. Fields (1870)
Rushing: D. Montgomery (777)
Receiving: D. Mooney (929)
Touchdowns: D. Montgomery (7)
 
Minnesota Vikings
Passing: K. Cousins (3971)
Rushing: D. Cook (1080)
Receiving: J. Jefferson (1509)
Touchdowns: A. Thielen (10)
 
Coaches:
Chicago Bears: Matt Nagy (4th season)
Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer (8th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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