MINNESOTA VIKINGS @ CHICAGO BEARS

Big MNF clash in the NFC North as the 5-4 Bears welcome the 3-5 Vikings who’re riding a two game winning streak and looking to make the fight for 2nd place in the division a congested 3 horse race.

Minnesota have got back to winning ways by doing what they do best, running the football and in particular letting Dalvin Cook run the football. Cook is a man in form right now, he leads the NFL in rushing yards and TD’s and running the ball will probably be the best way to attack a Bears Defense which is top 5 against the pass but a little less stout against the Run. The Vikings Defense has improved the last couple of weeks but it isn’t a strong unit luckily for them the Bears don’t offer much on Offense, they’re the worst running football team in football and they’re not much better at throwing the ball and although Foles threw for over 300 yards last week a lost of those came in garbage time and on 10 more attempts than his previous high this season, If the Bears are relying on Nick Foles to throw over 50 times a game to win then the Vikings are in a good place.

The Bears who started so hot to start the year are well on their way back down to earth after losing their last 3 games but still possess a strong defense who haven’t allowed over 26 points to an opposing side yet this season but there’s only so much they can do when their Offense fail to put points on the board.

I expect this to be a typically close divisional matchup but I think Dalvin Cook and the Vikings run game have just enough to get the job done. For our best bets we’re looking for the Vikings to take advantage of a Bears side who’ve struggled to stop Running Backs and Tight Ends from scoring this season and whilst Cook is a short (but not too short) 2/1 we also like Kyle Rudolph to double his TD total in this one with Irv Smith Jr OUT for the Vikings we expect Rudolph to get most of the TE looks and at a big 9/2 price we like him as an under the radar play.

PREDICTION: VIKINGS 26 โ€“ 24 BEARS      

BEST BET: Dalvin Cook anytime TD โ€“ 1/2 with SkyBet. 2 point bet.     

NEXT BEST: Kyle Rudolph anytime TD โ€“ 9/2 with Betfair. 0.5 point bet.   

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