Monday Night Football, Just the Facts: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears prepare to do battle on Monday night. And they appear to be in different places on both sides of the ball.
The Bears are having a hard time scoring points. So they have decided to change things up a bit. As a result, Matt Nagy has given up play-calling duties, with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor taking over.
The Vikings have the hottest running back in the NFL in Dalvin Cook. And they hope he stays hot.
Here are the Monday Night Football Betting Odds
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|Bears||-2 (-110)||44 (-110)||-128|
|Vikings||-2 (-110)||44 (-110)||+108|
Looking at the Bears’ offense
- Chicago has gained just 29.7 yards per drive. That places them 29th in the NFL in that category.
- When they get into the red zone, the Bears have scored touchdowns only 50% of the time. That is only 30th in the NFL.
- Chicago is 29th in the league in scoring. And in terms of points scored per drive, only the Jets have scored less.
- The Bears have had to punt the ball 42.6% of the time.
- David Montgomery is the Bears’ leading rusher, at 472 yards. He is out of this game as he has not come out of concussion protocol. Chicago does not have an available running back on the roster who has carried the ball for them this season.
- The Bears run the ball on only 33.7% of their plays, which is the lowest percentage in the NFL.
Looking at the Vikings’ offense
- Minnesota ranks 3rd in the league in rushing, with 160.4 yards per game. Cook has 858 yards, which led the NFL coming into this week.
- The Vikings have averaged 5.5 yards per carry, which is #1 in the NFL.
- Minnesota’s offensive line is ranked 1st in the NFL in the metric of “Adjusted Line Yards.”
- The Vikings run the ball on 51.1% of their offensive plays.
- Minnesota has the third-best red zone offense in the NFL, scoring a touchdown on 76.9% of its trips.
Looking at the Bears’ defense
- The Bears have allowed just 1.78 points per drive. In that category, they rank third-best in the NFL.
- Chicago has caused a three-and-out on the part of their opponents on 26.2% of all drives.
- Chicago has yielded 4.1 yards per rushing attempt on the part of its opponents.
- The Bears’ sack percentage is 17th highest in the NFL.
- Chicago has allowed ten touchdown passes in nine games.
- The Bears have allowed opponents to score a touchdown on only 41.9% of their red zone trips. That is #1 in the NFL, and they are the only defense under 50% in that regard.
Looking at the Vikings’ defense
- Minnesota has the fifth-best red zone defense in the league, allowing opponents to score a touchdown only 55.9% of the time.
- The Vikings have allowed opponents to throw for 288 yards per game.
Looking at the quarterbacks
- Chicago’s Nick Foles has averaged 6.1 yards per attempt, and 9.3 yards per completion. He has ten TD passes and is 65.6% accurate.
- Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins has completed the same percentage of passes Foles has (65.6%).
- Cousins leads the NFL with 8.9 yards per attempt. That is tops in the NFL.
- Cousins leads the NFL in Intended Air Yards per Completion.
- Cousins has thrown only 57 passes out of play action, despite the Vikings having such a potent running game.
Looking at the trends
- Chicago is 5-4 both straight-up and against the spread.
- Minnesota is 3-5 straight-up and 5-3 against the pointspread.
- The Vikings have played five of their last six games OVER the total.
- The Bears have played five of their last six games UNDER the total.
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