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Vikings vs. Bears odds, spread, line: Monday Night Football picks, prediction from NFL model on 132-96 run

The Minnesota Vikings will try to stay in the thick of the postseason race when they take on NFC North Division rival and host Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. The Vikings (6-7), who entered the weekend on the cusp of a postseason spot, need to finish strong if they want to fend off the many other NFC contenders. The Bears (4-9), who no longer have a realistic chance to earn a second consecutive playoff appearance, are out to snap a two-game losing skid. Chicago opened the season 3-2, but has dropped seven of its last eight.

Kickoff from Soldier Field in Chicago is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Minnesota is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Vikings vs. Bears odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 44.5. Before you make any Bears vs. Vikings picks, make sure to check out the NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up almost $7,000 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. The model enters Week 15 of the 2021 season on an incredible 132-96 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past five years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated Vikings vs. Bears 10,000 times and just revealed its NFL expert picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Vikings vs. Bears:

  • Vikings vs. Bears spread: Vikings -6.5 
  • Vikings vs. Bears over-under: 44.5 points 
  • Vikings vs. Bears money line: Minnesota -280, Chicago +230 
  • MIN: Vikings are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine Week 15 games 
  • CHI: Over has hit in last two Bears games

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Why the Vikings can cover 

Quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to put up solid numbers for Minnesota. He is among the league’s best with a 103.5 rating, sixth-highest in the NFL. Cousins has completed 319-of-477 passes (66.9 percent) for 3,569 yards and 27 touchdowns against just five interceptions and has also rushed for a score. Cousins has thrown at least one touchdown in every game, including three in four games.

His top target has been wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who has 85 catches for 1,288 yards (15.2 average) and eight touchdowns. Jefferson is one of the most explosive receivers in the game and has 22 plays of 20 yards or more and has converted 61 first downs. He is coming off a seven-catch, 79-yard and one-touchdown performance last Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Why the Bears can cover

Despite that, Minnesota is not a lock to cover the Vikings vs. Bears spread. That’s because rookie quarterback Justin Fields is back under center, which adds another dynamic to Chicago’s offense. Last week at Green Bay, Fields returned after missing several weeks with broken ribs. Although not 100 percent, he completed 18-of-33 passes (54.6 percent) for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He was picked off twice, but also rushed nine times for 74 yards.

Wide receiver Darnell Mooney is Fields’ top target. He leads the team with 52 receptions for 740 yards (14.2 average) and three touchdowns. He has 12 explosive plays of 20 or more yards and has converted 33 first downs. He’s had three games this season with five catches and 120-plus receiving yards.

How to make Vikings vs. Bears picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 47 points. It also says one side of the spread cashes in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Bears vs. Vikings picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Bears vs. Vikings on Monday Night Football? And which side cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Bears vs. Vikings spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that returned nearly $7,000 on its NFL picks over the last six seasons, and find out.

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