Sunday, November 18 at 8:20 PM ET
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The Minnesota Vikings visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football, with first place in the NFC North on the line.
The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a convincing 24-9 win against the Detroit Lions on November 4, when Danielle Hunter had 3 1/2 of a franchise-record 10 sacks plus a fourth quarter fumble return for a touchdown. Hunter also had nine tackles and four quarterback hits. Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 22 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception, Dalvin Cook ran for 89 yards on 10 carries and Adam Thielen caught four passes for 22 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The Vikings are averaging 374.3 passing yards (12th in the NFL) and 91.7 rushing yards (28th). Minnesota ranks 15th with 24.6 points per game and 11th with 22.7 points against. Kirk Cousins has passed for 2,685 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions, Latavius Murray has 417 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 92 carries and Adam Thielen has 78 receptions for 947 yards and seven touchdowns. Eric Kendricks has 60 tackles and Danielle Hunter has 11.5 sacks.
Mitchell Trubisky completed 23 of passes for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns to help the first-place Bears beat the Lions 34-22 to snap a 10-game losing streak against division opponents on Sunday. Trubisky finished with a 148.6 rating and he also ran for 18 yards on three carries, including a 4-yard touchdown.
Chicago had lost nine of 10 against Detroit and they were after their first win over a division opponent since October 31, 2016 against Minnesota. Rookie Anthony Miller made five receptions for a career-high 122 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown and a 55-yard catch, Allen Robinson caught six passes for 133 receiving yards and two touchdowns and Khalil Mack had two of the team's six sacks against Matthew Stafford, both in the second half. Mack had missed back-to-back games with an injured right ankle.
The Bears are averaging 363.4 passing yards (16th in the NFL) and 120.1 rushing yards (12th). Chicago ranks 5th with 29.9 points per game and 4th with 19.4 points against. Mitchell Trubisky has passed for 2,304 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions, Jordan Howard has 460 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 137 carries and Tarik Cohen has 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns. Danny Trevathan has 65 tackles and Khalil Mack has seven sacks.
The Minnesota Vikings are:
2-7 ATS in their last nine games following a bye week
1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record
The Chicago Bears are:
6-0-1 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a winning road record
7-1 ATS in their last eight games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game
The Chicago defense has been stellar in the first half, allowing an NFL-best 6.4 points and only 3.3 points in their last three games. Minnesota on the other hand allows 13.1 points in the first half.
NFL Pick: Bears 1st Half -1.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports