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Monday Night Football odds, spread, line: Bears vs. Vikings prediction, NFL picks from expert who’s 39-19

The Chicago Bears will try to play spoiler on Monday Night Football against the visiting Minnesota Vikings in an NFL Week 15 matchup. The Bears (4-9) have lost seven of their last eight games, but they have won five of their past six against the Vikings. Minnesota (6-7) is fighting for its playoff life after a 36-28 victory against the Steelers on Thursday Night Football in Week 14. It is among five teams in the NFC with six wins, and the Bears would relish in pushing their NFC North rivals out of the NFL playoff picture.

Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Minnesota is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Bears vs. Vikings odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 45.5. Before you finalize any Vikings vs. Bears picks or NFL Week 15 predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine’s resident Vikings expert, R.J. White, has to say.

CBS Sports’ Fantasy and gambling editor, White ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest. 

In addition, White has gone a stunning 39-19-3 on his last 61 picks involving the Vikings, returning well over $1,700 for $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, White has locked in on the Bears vs. Vikings matchup and just revealed his expert picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Vikings vs. Bears:

  • Bears vs. Vikings spread: Minnesota -6.5 
  • Bears vs. Vikings over-under: 45.5 points  
  • Bears vs. Vikings money line: Minnesota -290, Chicago +235
  • MIN: Vikings are 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games as road favorites
  • CHI: Bears are 5-8 ATS as home underdogs since 2019

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Why the Vikings can cover

Running back Dalvin Cook could be the key on Monday Night Football against a Bears defense that ranks 24th in the league against the run, giving up 120 yards per game. The fifth-year running back rushed for 205 yards in the win against Pittsburgh and is third in the NFL with 978 yards in just 10 starts. Cousins is sixth in passing yards (3,569) and fifth in TD passes (27). He has a big-play wideout in second-year pro Justin Jefferson, who is second in the league in receiving yards with 1,288 (15.2 per catch).

Minnesota has given it up just 11 times, third-fewest in the NFL, while only two teams have fewer takeaways than Chicago’s 11. The Vikings have forced 16 turnovers but lead the NFL with 41 sacks. The Bears have given up 42, second-most in the league, and Fields has 10 interceptions in 11 games.

Why the Bears can cover

The underdog is 4-1 against the spread in the last four meetings, and the Bears are certain to rely heavily on running back David Montgomery on Monday Night Football. The Vikings allow 129.5 rushing yards per game (27th in NFL), and quarterback Justin Fields isn’t likely to see much time to throw. Montgomery has 608 rushing yards in nine starts, and Fields has done damage on the ground as well. The rookie has 385 rushing yards while throwing for 1,585 with six TDs.

The Bears’ defense is led by linebacker Roquan Smith, who has 130 tackles (fifth in NFL) and three sacks. Chicago is 6-2 against the spread in the past eight meetings between the teams, and the Under is 13-6 in the past 19.

How to make Bears vs. Vikings picks

White has scrutinized this matchup from all angles, and he is leaning Under on the point total. He also has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing his Bears vs. Vikings picks, and the rest of his expert NFL analysis, at SportsLine.

So who wins Vikings vs. Bears on Monday Night Football? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see R.J. White’s Vikings vs. Bears NFL expert picks, all from the insider who’s 39-19 on picks involving Minnesota, and find out.

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