NFL Monday Night Football Preview: Vikings vs. Bears

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, October 8, 2017 9:40 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 9:40 PM UTC

Monday Night Football is a battle between NFC North Divisional foes in the Bears and Vikings, and by all accounts it should be a very good game from Soldier Field. There are some important news and notes you need to be aware of heading into Monday night. 

Sam Bradford Looks Like He’ll Play

Sam Bradford has been back at Vikings’ practice this week, and although the team will probably wait until Monday night to make an official announcement, it is looking like Bradford will make his return in Chicago.

The loss of Dalvin Cook is still reeling this team, but the good news is they will have their starting quarterback back in action. They’re going to need him too. The Bears’ front seven has been very good against the run, and without their starting running back, I doubt the Vikings are going to be able to move the ball on the ground.

If that’s the case, their only recourse will be through the air against a very beatable secondary. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen gain a ton of value with Bradford back, and combined with Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings’ passing game is very formidable, even on the road.

Currently, the line for Monday Night Football sits with the Vikings as 3 point favorites.


Mitch Trubisky Era Begins

After watching Mike Glennon be both good and bad, to average out somewhere over par, John Fox has made the move to start rookie Mitch Trubisky this week against the Vikings. While I’m not sure if he made the move because Trubisky is ready, or after watching DeShaun Watson throw five touchdowns in Week 4, but either way Trubisky has a lot of promise.

In his first start in the NFL, and against a very strong defense, can the Bears’ rookie quarterback move the ball? Chicago will almost certainly rely on their running game, which has been one of the league’s best to start the season, but that may be difficult against Minnesota.

Not only is their run defense good, but the Vikings are going to stack the box and make the rookie quarterback beat them. If we have the Vikings throwing the ball all over the field on their end, and the Bears being forced to throw, this one could be higher scoring than the total of 40 is suggesting.  


MNF Preview

Rookie quarterbacks are never a good bet to drop 30 points in their NFL debut, especially on a big stage, national television, and against a good defense. However, the Vikings have been soft through the air, so if Trubisky comes with it, and neither team can run the ball with great front sevens, I could see a higher scoring game.

Check back tomorrow for my Final Thoughts and Predictions article at Sportsbook Review, but right now I am leaning on betting the over. If these defenses hold serve, and neither team can run the ball on one another, we could see 35 pass attempts from Trubisky in his debut, and even more than that from Bradford. That may just be enough to get 20-plus points from each team.

I’m not one to trust Trubisky enough to win this one though, so I’m laying off the spread entirely for that reason. 

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