NFL Week 8 Predictions Odds & Free Picks -Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

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Joe Catalano

Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:07 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 4:07 PM UTC

On Monday night, Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings (5-1) will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. This game sets up nicely for the Vikings as they face a very ineffective Chicago Bears (1-6) team as quarterback Jay Cutler is cleared to play. Will the Bears be competitive in this matchup? See what we think as we provide you with a profitable NFL pick.


According to 5 Dimes Sportsbook, the Minnesota Vikings are a 5 1/2 point road favorite and the total for the game is listed at 40 1/2. The Bears lost 2nd string quarterback, Brian Hoyer, with a broken arm coming into this game, but luckily for the Bears, starter, Jay Cutler, will be ready to play.


Worst Quarterback In the NFL?

That would be up for discussion when you have players such as Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brock Osweiler, but let's just say that Jay Cutler is 'near the "bottom of the food chain" when it comes to starting quarterbacks in the league.

The Bears, who can't afford to lose another game, should benefit from having Cutler back as he'll have had time to rest and Matt Barkley simply can't play on the professional level.

The Bears showed that they have a respectable defense as the defense got off to a quick start last week, scoring a touchdown against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, but the Chicago defense can't be on the field for most of the game as they'll become tired and Sam Bradford and the Vikes will capitalize.

Hoyer will be missed as he threw for 6 TD's and no interceptions during his time on the field. Jay Cutler hasn't had the same luck as he's 28 of 46 for 373 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT's. In this limited period of time, Cutler endured 8 sacks. That's twice as much as Hoyer, who had 200 pass attempts.

Cutler must improve in his ability to be efficient in the pocket while eluding defenders. He has Jordon Howard (352 yards, 1 TD), who has played quite well in providing the Bears with a solid running game at his disposal and although wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has yet to get in the end zone, he's amassed 520 yards this season and is one of the better receivers in the league. Jeffery should have no problem getting open. The pressure will be on Cutler to deliver an accurate ball as he's facing one of the better defenses in the league in the Minnesota Vikings.


Purple People Eaters?

That was their nickname in the past and this Minnesota Vikings defense has really proven to do the job. With the exception of last week, a 21-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Vikings haven't allowed an opponent more than 16 points all season long. That's quite impressive and look for the Minnesota defense to give the Bears offense fits in a game that clearly favors Minnesota.


Who Needs Bridgewater?

Much has been expected from the Vikings and despite being plagued by injuries, their defense has led the way and they have proven to be one of the best teams in the NFL. It all starts at the quarterback position with Sam Bradford, who the Vikes traded for, after the starter, Teddy Bridgewater, got hurt.

Right from his first victory against Green Bay, Bradford has been outstanding, throwing for 1214 yards with 7 TD and 1 INT. While he'll never be a Drew Brees, a player that can consistently throw for over 300 yards per game, Bradford has proven that he's capable of running this Vikings offense and producing wins.

The Vikings are hoping that leading receiver, Stefon Diggs, will be a bit more healthy this week after a non-existent game in the loss to Philly. Diggs leads the Vikings with 390 yards and 1 TD. He started the season off quick with 2 -100-yard games, but Diggs has since tailed off . I expect him to play well in this game along with tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph has proven to be one of the better tight ends in the league as he's sure-handed and can find his way into the end zone.

Look for the Minnesota defense to overwhelm an inconsistent underachiever in Jay Cutler as the Vikings look to bounce back from their 1st loss of the season last week. Minnesota will cover on the road, make that your NFL pick.

 Free NFL Pick: Minnesota Vikings -4.5 (-104) Best Line Offered: at Matchbook

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