Kickoff from Soldier Field is set for Sunday afternoon at 1:00 ET. Minnesota swept the season series last year with the Bears, but the teams split the NFL betting decisions. Since 2003, the teams are fairly evenly matched, as Chicago is 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS.
The Vikings (3-3, 2-4 ATS) were faced with a hefty 13-point spread to cover against the Detroit Lions on the NFL betting line. Though they beat the boys from the “Motor City” 12-10, they never had a chance of covering the spread for their football betting fans. QB Gus Frerotte had serviceable game, going 18/33 for 296 yards.
RB Adrian Peterson ran for 111 yards on 25 carries, but the key play of the game occurred when Detroit QB Dan Orlovsky ran out of the back of the end zone. The safety proved to be the difference on the final tally of the game. The 7th ranked defense in the NFL had another stellar game, holding the Lions to just 212 total yards.
Oh what a disastrous final 17 seconds for Bears (3-3, 3-2-1 ATS) fans! Even though they were never in front of the 3-point spread per the closing football betting line, there was no excuse to lose after Kyle Orton hooked up with Rashied Davis on what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown.
But a long pass down the sidelines and a 48-yarder by K Jason Elam saw the Falcons celebrating the 22-20 victory when the clock read double zeros, making for a heart-stopping finish for NFL betting fans that wagered on the moneyline. Orton had another surprisingly efficient game, completing 26-of-43 passes for 286 yards.
The Bears are 3-point favorites, with the ‘total’ coming in at 37.5 for this NFC North battle. The betting trends offer very mixed thoughts. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the L/11 meetings between these teams, but the underdog is 17-8 ATS in the L/25 overall meetings.
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