A few weeks ago the Chicago Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings at home. On Sunday the Bears travel on the road for a game scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. EST.
The comeback story of Adrian Peterson from his torn ACL at the end of last season is nothing short of amazing. Peterson is again one of the NFL’s most explosive and dependable players. Peterson has topped 100 yards rushing in each of the Vikings last six games. The Vikings key to victory is on the ground as they average 154 yards rushing per game and have the worst passing attack in the NFL. The Vikings defense is getting old but is still capable of making some plays as they rank 14th against the rush and the pass and are 18th in points allowed.
Minnesota may be the worst passing team in the NFL but the Bears are the next worst. Even with Jay Cutler the Bears passing attack seems to be a few completions to Brandon Marshall. Despite all that the Bears real concern in this game is stopping Peterson and the Vikings on the ground. The Bears statistically remain on top of their game on defense as they rank 10th against the run and their 16.5 points allowed per game is second best in the NFL. However, those stats fail to take into account the loss of Brian Urlacher and possibly Tim Jennings.
So who is favored in the Bears and Vikings game on Sunday? The Bears are 3 point favorites. If there were not concerns about how the team will stop Peterson its likely the spread would have been larger after they throbbed Minnesota 28-10 two weeks ago.
The over/under is one of the lowest for the week at 39. Conventional wisdom says that number could be topped but Minnesota averaged just 12 points per game the last two weeks.