Vikings vs. Bears: Week 15 NFL Betting Preview – December 20, 2020

Posted By Staff on December 15, 2020

NFC North rivals meet when the Minnesota Vikings (6-7) host the Chicago Bears (6-7) on Sunday, December 20, at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota is favored by and the game’s over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of December 14, 2020, 2:41 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Betting the Total (Over/Under)

  • Minnesota and its opponents have combined to score more than 46 in 10 games (76.9% of matchups).
  • In five (38.5%) games this season, the Bears have combined with their opponents to go over 46 points.
  • The total for this matchup is 46 points, 1.3 fewer than the combined scoring average of the two teams.
  • These two teams combine to allow 49.7 points per game, which is 3.7 greater than the total for this matchup.
  • Vikings games average 52.9 total points per game this season, equal to the over/under for this matchup.
  • Bears games average 44.1 total points, 1.9 fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • The Vikings are the 13th-highest scoring team in the league this year. The Bears have scored the 25th-most points.
  • Chicago has surrendered the ninth-fewest points in NFL play this season, while Minnesota has given up the 25th-fewest.
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Vikings Betting Insights

  • Minnesota’s games have hit the over in eight out of 13 opportunities this season (61.5%).
  • Minnesota is 6-7 against the spread.
  • The Vikings are 0-3 ATS when favored by at least 3.5 points.

Bears Betting Insights

  • Most of Chicago’s games this year — seven out of 12 — have not gone over the point total (58.3%).
  • Chicago has a 5-7 record against the spread.
  • The Bears have a losing ATS record of 0-1 when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs.

Vikings vs Bears: Head to Head

Vikings vs Bears: Last 3 Meetings
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Yards Result
11/16/2020 Vikings Bears -3.00 44.00 -167 +145 385-149 MIN 19-13 MIN
12/29/2019 Bears Vikings -4 36 -220 +190 337-300 CHI 21-19 CHI
9/29/2019 PUSH Bears -0 38.5 -107 +-107 269-222 CHI 16-6 CHI

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When the Vikings Have the Ball

  • The Vikings have put an average of 25.6 points per game on the scoreboard this season, 3.2 more than the 22.4 the Bears have surrendered in each contest.
  • In games where Minnesota score at least 25.6 points this season, they are 5-4 overall and 5-4 against the spread.
  • Chicago is 4-2 overall and 2-3 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 22.4 points.
  • The Vikings hold a 38.1-yard advantage in total yards gained versus total yards allowed compared to the Bears defense this season (385.6 to 347.5). The Vikings average 6.1 yards per play while the Bears give up 5.3 per play.
  • In contests where the Minnesota offense totals at least their average yard output this season, they are 4-3 against the spread and 4-3 overall.
  • When the Chicago defense allows less than their season average for total yards this season they are 2-3 against the spread and 4-2 overall.
  • The Bears have allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 115.5 yards per game, compared to the 146.9 yards the Vikings offense has averaged on the ground per contest.
  • In games where the Minnesota rushing attack runs for at least their season average, the Vikings are 3-3 overall and 5-1 against the spread.
  • This season, when the Chicago defense allows opponents to pick up less than 115.5 yards on the ground, they are 2-5 against the spread and 4-4 overall.
  • The Vikings have turned the ball over 1.7 times per game this season, while the Bears have averaged 1.1 takeaways per contest.
  • In games where they turn the football over 1.7 times or fewer this season, Minnesota is 3-2 overall and 3-2 against the spread.
  • Chicago is 1-2 against the spread and 3-1 overall this season when they force at least 1.1 turnovers in a game.

When the Bears Have the Ball

  • The Bears score 21.7 points per game, 5.6 fewer than the Vikings allow per matchup (27.3).
  • Chicago is 4-2 against the spread and 4-3 overall a season ago when the team puts up at least 21.7 points.
  • Minnesota has a 5-4 record against the spread and a 5-4 record overall in games when it allows opponents to score 25.6 points or less.
  • The Bears rack up 56.6 fewer yards per game (319.9), than the Vikings allow per matchup (376.5). The Bears average 5 yards per play, while the Vikings give up 5.8 per play.
  • Minnesota has a 2-4 record ATS and a 2-4 record overall when holding its opponents to 376.5 yards or less.
  • This season, the Bears average 93.3 rushing yards per game, 26.6 fewer per game than the Vikings allow per contest (119.9).
  • When Chicago rushes for at least 93.3 yards, it compiled a 3-3 ATS record and a 4-3 overall record.
  • Minnesota is 3-3 against the spread and 4-2 overall when holding opponents to 119.9 rushing yards or less.
  • This year, the Bears turn the ball over 1.4 times per game, only 0.1 more turnovers per game than the 1.3 the Vikings force on average.
  • Chicago has a 4-2 record against the spread and a 4-3 record overall when it turns the ball over 1.4 times or less.
  • When it forces 1.3 or more turnovers, Minnesota has a 2-1 record against the spread and a 3-0 record overall.

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Vikings Players to Watch

  • Kirk Cousins has thrown for 3,298 yards while completing 67.5% of his passes (270-of-400), with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games this year (253.7 yards per game).
  • Dalvin Cook has taken 273 carries for a team-leading 1,352 rushing yards (112.7 yards per game) while scoring 14 touchdowns in 12 games. He’s also caught 37 passes for 322 yards (26.8 receiving yards per game) with one touchdown through the air.
  • In 11 games in 2020, Alexander Mattison has rushed for 338 yards on 74 carries (30.7 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
  • This season, Justin Jefferson has 65 catches (on 92 targets) for 1,078 yards (82.9 per game) while scoring seven touchdowns in 13 games.
  • Adam Thielen’s statline this year shows 60 grabs for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games. He averages 58.5 receiving yards per game and has been targeted 91 times.
  • Over 12 games in 2020, Kyle Rudolph has caught 28 passes on 37 targets for 334 yards and one touchdown, averaging 27.8 receiving yards per game.
  • Ifeadi Odenigbo has 3.5 sacks to lead the team, and has also added three TFL and 32 tackles over 13 games.
  • This season, Eric Kendricks has collected 106 tackles, four TFL, and three interceptions and leads the team in tackles.
  • Harrison Smith has picked off four passes to lead the team while adding 69 tackles, two TFL, 0.5 sacks, and eight passes defended.

Bears Players to Watch

  • This year, Nick Foles has recorded 1,852 passing yards (231.5 yards per game) while going 202-for-311 (65% completion percentage) and throwing 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in eight games.
  • David Montgomery has racked up a team-high 760 rushing yards (63.3 yards per game) and scored four touchdowns in 12 games. He has added 42 catches for 333 yards (27.8 receiving yards per game) with two receiving touchdowns.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson has added 211 rushing yards on 59 carries (16.2 yards per game), with one touchdown on the ground over the course of 13 games in 2020.
  • Allen Robinson II has been targeted 128 times and has 86 catches to lead the team with 1,027 yards (79.0 ypg) while scoring six touchdowns in 13 games this season.
  • Darnell Mooney has chipped in with 42 catches for 450 yards and three touchdowns over 13 games this year. He has been targeted 73 times and averages 34.6 receiving yards per game.
  • Anthony Miller has collected 449 yards on 44 passes with two touchdowns in 2020, averaging 34.5 yards per game on 70 targets in 13 contests.
  • Khalil Mack has notched a team-leading 7.5 sacks, while adding nine TFL, 41 tackles, and one interception over 13 games.
  • Roquan Smith has racked up 123 tackles, 17 TFL, and four sacks this season.
  • Tashaun Gipson has a team-high two interceptions and has tacked on 59 tackles and five passes defended.

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