NFL Picks: Vikings vs. Bears in Week 2

Joe Freda

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1:26 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 1:26 PM GMT

Free NFL picks for the Week 2 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. Have we found any holes in the NFL odds worth exploiting?

The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings split last year’s pair of matchups both SU and ATS, while the UNDER went 2-0 at NFL betting windows. Sunday’s Week 2 action has the rivals meeting at Soldier Field, following opposite results from their openers.

Take a look at our NFL Picks: Week 2 Betting Odds Report.

Bears surge past Cincy 

Chicago rallied with two unanswered touchdowns in last Sunday’s 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, ‘pushing’ as three-point home ‘chalk.’ Bears running back Matt Forte took in a one-yard score, while wide out Brandon Marshall reached the end zone for his club’s go-ahead.

Chicago’s Jay Cutler connected 21-of-33 attempts, finding Marshall for a team-high eight receptions. Bears tight end Martellus Bennett got his squad on the board early with an eight-yard touchdown, with Cutler and Co. surging for paydirt in all three of the Bears’ red zone trips. 

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman grabbed two interceptions, while uniting with mate Tim Jennings for 11 tackles. Chicago’s Robbie Gould hit a field goal from 58 yards out during the first half, while the battle’s combined 45 points leaped OVER the ‘total’ of 41 ½.

Vikings fall in Detroit 

Minnesota logged a 34-24 defeat to the Detroit Lions as part of the same afternoon’s card, failing to cash as a four-point road dog. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw three interceptions, while finishing with 236 passing yards in an 18-for-28 day.

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson notched three touchdowns, including a 78-yard rush for his side’s first score. Vikings wide out Jerome Simpson caught seven passes for 140 yards, while placekicker Blair Walsh connected a 52-yard field goal in his sole appearance.

The Vikings’ defense surrendered 474 yards, with linebacker Erin Henderson logging his first interception in six years. Minnesota allowed Detroit to move the chains for 28 first downs, giving up three touchdowns in the Lions’ six trips to the red zone.

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Back the Bears as home ‘chalk’

Chicago opened as a six-point favorite on Bet365’s NFL odds board, holding after mixed early action. The ‘total’ was first listed at 41, driving north to 41 ½ after initial wagers on the OVER.

I am laying the points in this spot, adding Chicago to Sunday’s card of sports picks.

The Bears cashed at 2-0 ATS last season in their first pair of spots as a home favorite of six points or more, outscoring the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams by a combined margin of 64-27. Chicago also comes in with the advantage of being home for two straight weeks, while the Vikings find themselves regrouping with another divisional road spot here.

Minnesota had its moments against the Lions, but should find it even tougher to move the ball here on grass against the Bears’ defense. The Vikings have been held to 11 PPG over their last three trips to Soldier Field, while Chicago collected with a 3-0 spread record.

Look for the Bears to hand their rivals another defeat here, adding another losing ticket to Minnesota’s 2-6 ATS mark in its last eight road contests.

Pick: Chicago Bears -6 at Bet365
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