NFL Week 17 Pick: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 4:29 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 4:29 PM UTC

The Bears are ready for this season and the John Fox Era to end, while the Vikings still have some playoff seeding business to take care of. Survivor Pick: Minnesota.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-12, 39.5)

Frankly, it would benefit the Bears if they lose this game to get as a high a draft pick as possible in 2018. The team will finish last in the NFC North for a fourth straight season and miss the playoffs for a seventh in a row. There’s zero question that Coach John Fox will either be fired Sunday after the game or on Black Monday. He’s just 14-33 with the Bears. In fact, Chicago had been 0-7 under him straight up as a betting favorite before finally winning one last Sunday 20-3 over the sorry Browns in front of thousands of empty seats at Solider Field. Minnesota has won the division for a second time in three seasons but still has to care here to wrap up the NFC’s second seed. The Vikings get that with a victory. But if they lose, the New Orleans Saints lose in Tampa and the Panthers win in Atlanta, Carolina would jump Minnesota for the No. 2 seed and first-round bye. That’s because the Vikings lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Panthers but win one vs. New Orleans. I usually take this many points, but Chicago simply has no reason to try.

  • Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
  • Vikings are 11-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Free NFL Pick: Vikings -12Best Line Offered: SkyBook

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The Vikings are on an extra day of rest as they won 16-0 at Green Bay last Saturday. Minnesota held the Packers to just 239 yards of offense and recorded their first shutout since 1993. Case Keenum, whom I believe is incapable of leading this team to the NFC title, had one of his weakest statistical games going 14-for-25 with 139 yards and one touchdown and a few misses that could have been touchdowns. The Vikings also lost guard Nick Easton to a season-ending injury. The team had its starting offensive line intact for the first time since Oct. 9, but that lasted all of 12 snaps. Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky made history in the Browns win as Trubisky (2,015) passed Kyle Orton (2,005) for the most passing yards in a season by a Bears rookie. Minnesota won in Chicago on a Monday in Week 5, 20-17. Sam Bradford actually started that game for the Vikings but was clearly hobbled and yanked late in the first half – the score was 3-2 Vikings at halftime. Beyond ugly. Keenum played well in the second half and hasn’t given up the job since. That was also the NFL debut of Trubisky. He was 12 of 25 for 128 yards with a touchdown but threw a late interception deep in Bears territory. Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal in the closing seconds to win it.

  • Under is 5-0 in Bears last 5 games overall.
  • Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
Free NFL Pick: Under 39.5Best Line Offered: Heritage

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