Vikings vs. Bears odds, line: Sunday Night Football picks, predictions from advanced computer model on 10-0 roll
Two legendary franchises clash on Sunday Night Football when the Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET from Soldier Field in downtown Chicago. With the Green Bay Packers breathing down their necks, the winner is in excellent position to seize the NFC North and host a playoff game, while the loser must jostle with more than half-a-dozen teams in the crowded NFC Wild Card race. Chicago opened as a 3-point favorite and is now laying 2.5. The Over-Under, which opened at 45.5, is now at 43.5 in the latest Vikings vs. Bears odds after falling throughout the week. Before you make any Vikings vs. Bears picks for Sunday Night Football in Week 11, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.
The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 11 on a blistering 10-0 run. For the season, it is now 24-9 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 72-43. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 98-48 this season, again ranking in the top 15 for NFLPickWatch.com. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Vikings vs. Bears. We can tell you it’s leaning under, but it’s also generated a spread pick that’s cashing in nearly 60 percent of simulations. You can only see it over at SportsLine.
The model has factored in that Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s maturity has flourished in his sophomore pro season. Already having thrown 19 touchdown passes, he’s showing tremendous poise in the pocket. As a rookie, he seemed unsure of how to elude pressure, but now he’s making smarter decisions with the football. He’s rushed for 320 yards — many on key third downs that have kept drives alive. Receivers Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson have combined for 68 receptions and tight end Trey Burton has hit pay dirt five times.
The Bears’ rushing attack has been relentless behind Jordan Howard, who has scored five times this season. Backfield compatriot Tarik Cohen is adept at causing coverage mismatches when he flares out of the backfield on screens. Not only is he netting 4.4 yards per carry, he’s also crushing defenses as a receiver. Three of Cohen’s five scores have been through the air.
But just because the Bears have been motoring on offense doesn’t mean they’ll cover on Sunday Night Football, especially against a divisional rival that’s won six of the last seven in the series.
After a sluggish start, the Vikings have propelled themselves back into playoff contention. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is completing 71 percent of his throws and has 17 touchdowns. He’s been buoyed by the dynamic receiving duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Thielen is putting together another Pro Bowl-worthy season with 78 catches for 947 yards and seven scores. His ability to out-jump defenders on 50-50 balls and set his squad up with game-changing field position has allowed the Vikings to score at a brisk pace. Diggs continues to menace secondaries in the open field with 283 yards after catch despite battling injury.
Who wins Vikings vs. Bears? And which side covers nearly 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over Sunday, all from the incredible computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors.