NFL Week 5 Betting Preview: Chicago Bears At Minnesota Vikings

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on October 7, 2022
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The Chicago Bears visit the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 9. Primary markets for the game show the Vikings as spread favorites and on the moneyline. Bears Vikings odds feature a total set at .

In this article, we break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, weather and the best available NFL Week 5 odds. Click on the odds anywhere in this post to bet now.

Bears At Vikings Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

When using the odds table, click the dropdown menu and select the type of bet you wish to make. 

Betting the point spread is when you wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. A plus sign in front of the spread denotes the underdog, and a minus sign denotes the favorite.

In this case, the Vikings would have to win by at least eight points if you bet them to cover the point spread (-7) — a seven-point win would push. A spread bet on the Bears would win if they win the game or lose by less than seven. Again, a seven-point loss would push. 

Betting the moneyline is simply betting on which particular team will win a game.

The betting total is the number of combined points the two teams will score. Bettors can choose to bet the over or under on how many total points will be scored in the game. 

For more betting guides, click the green NFL Game Previews button at the top of this post.

Editor’s Note

Bears At Vikings Player Props

In the props tool search bar, type in a team or player and hit enter. You’ll see the various proposition bets offered by leading online sportsbooks. 

This is a valuable tool that allows bettors to compare odds and stats when considering a prop bet. Unlike bigger markets like moneylines and spreads that often reach a consensus number, shopping for prop bet lines can often reveal sizable differences in the numbers.

Bears At Vikings Betting News & Angles

Use this rolling, updating list of news bites about each team to help your handicapping for Bears – Vikings odds.

Bears At Vikings Injury Report

CHICAGO BEARS      
PlayerPositionInjuryWedThuFriGame Status
Matthew AdamsOLBHamstringLPFPFPUnspecified
Dane CruikshankDBHamstringDNPDNPLPDoubtful
Ryan GriffinTEAchillesLPLPFPUnspecified
Jaylon JohnsonCBQuadDNPDNPLPDoubtful
Jaylon JonesDBIllnessDNPFPFPUnspecified
Justin JonesDTHipLPFPUnspecified
David MontgomeryRBAnkleDNPLPLPQuestionable
Sterling WeatherfordLBIllnessDNPFPUnspecified
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
PlayerPositionInjuryWedThuFriGame Status
Andrew BoothCBQuadLPLPFPQuestionable
Za'Darius SmithOLBKneeLPLPLP(-)
Cameron DantzlerCBHipFPLPFP(-)
Ben EllefsonTEGroin(-)LPDNPOut
Jalen NailorWRHamstring(-)LPLPQuestionable

Bears Offense vs. Vikings Defense

Bears OStats (Rank)Vikings D
16 (30)Points/Gm20 (12)
0.292 (26)Points/Play0.305 (11)
274.8 (31)Yards/Gm394.5 (27)
97.5 (32)Pass Yards/Gm263.5 (26)
177.3 (3)Rush Yards/Gm131 (23)
5 (27)Yards/Play6 (26)
5.8 (26)Yards/Pass7.6 (29)
5.2 (4)Yards/Rush4.6 (17)
34 (26)3rd Down %35.42 (11)
50 (24)Red Zone TD %72.73 (26)
1.8 (22)Turnovers/Gm1.5 (12)
19.28 (32)QB Sacked %6.08 (17)

Vikings Offense vs. Bears Defense

Vikings OStats (Rank)Bears D
21.5 (15)Points/Gm19.3 (11)
0.339 (16)Points/Play0.307 (13)
344 (17)Yards/Gm351.8 (21)
246 (13)Pass Yards/Gm168.5 (4)
98 (22)Rush Yards/Gm183.3 (32)
5.4 (16)Yards/Play5.6 (17)
6.2 (23)Yards/Pass6.7 (17)
4.4 (17)Yards/Rush5.1 (30)
31.25 (28)3rd Down %42.31 (23)
46.67 (26)Red Zone TD %50 (8)
1.3 (10)Turnovers/Gm1.8 (8)
4.24 (6)QB Sacked %6.48 (13)

Bears At Vikings Betting Insights

Why The Bears Can Cover The Spread

If there was ever a time for Justin Fields and this ultra-anemic Bears passing offense to get something going, it’s against a Vikings secondary that just got hit for 7.6 YPA by the Saints. The Saints lacking Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, to boot. If Dalvin Cook remains only moderately effective due to being banged up, that will also help quite a bit since the Bears have been awful stopping the run.

Why The Vikings Can Cover The Spread

Their weak point has been the secondary, a predictable problem when looking at a roster in the preseason that still relied on Patrick Peterson and Harrison Smith as starters. Those guys are well past their primes and no longer plus players. However, Chicago barely ever calls passing plays, and when they do, those plays frequently result in sacks. Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter should feast on Fields, and who on this Bears roster can cover Justin Jefferson?

Reasons To Bet The Over

All the Bears need is a deep shot or two to Darnell Mooney and the equation on the total can change quickly. Mooney actually got something going with nearly 100 yards last week, and this Vikings secondary looks like an inviting target. By the same token, the Vikings should move the ball quite a bit, with Chicago lacking much talent on defense in general.

Reasons To Bet The Under

Again, the Bears don’t really call passing plays. That speeds up the game considerably, and they play on the slower side as well. When other teams have incentive to run on the Bears, that only has a further effect on shortening the game. This putrid offense should struggle mightily in a tough road environment against a capable pass rush, which can drag the game under.

Bears At Vikings Matchups To Watch For

Bears Offensive Line Vs. Vikings Pass Rush

A sack rate near 20% simply boggles the mind. Yet, that’s what has happened in Chicago so far. It’s so far off the charts, one would never believe a number like that could sustain for more than a week. The Vikings’ defensive strength is Hunter and Za’Darius Smith while those two remain upright, and PFF has Chicago’s pass protection as a bottom-five unit, unsurprisingly. Keeping Fields moderately clean would go a long way for Chicago’s chances.

Darnell Mooney Vs. Vikings CBs

Mooney punished the Vikings pretty good last for 17 catches and 183 yards across the teams’ two matchups. The Vikings simply don’t have much speed at CB between the aging Peterson and Cameron Dantzler, who wins with length and technique. The problem for the Bears has been the unwillingness to let fly and unleash Mooney, as he’s only been targeted a shocking 16 times.

Vikings Run Blocking Vs. Bears Run Defense

Dalvin Cook has yet to really get going and is struggling through a shoulder injury. But, this could be a golden opportunity for him. The Vikings have for years run blocked far better than they pass protect, and that has been no different so far this season. PFF rates the run blocking seventh. Chicago’s run D just got demolished by a mediocre Giants line, as Saquon Barkley went for almost 150. Cook and, to a lesser extent, understudy Alexander Mattison could get rolling and run it up if the Vikings get a lead.

Final thoughts

The Bears sit 2-2 but have been sneakily atrocious, beating the 49ers in a rain-soaked slopfest and the Texans in a coin flip at home. There’s no excuse for getting dominated by a poor Giants offense that was running wildcat by the end of the game. This might be the worst team in the NFL, and it’s hard to see them having much success on the road in a negative script with such an abysmal passing game. The look-ahead line south of a touchdown provided some juicy value on the Vikings, but that’s now gone. Still, the Vikings really should roll here, as there’s just no way to sustain success in the NFL with the kind of anemic passing game the Bears have brought to the table.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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