Monday Night Football Predictions Week 15: Our Staff's Best Bets for Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

For tonight's Monday Night Football matchup between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, check out our staff's best bets.
Matt O'Leary |
Mon, December 20, 5:06 PM EST | 4 min read
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Monday Night Football Predictions Week 15: Our Staff's Best Bets for Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

Well, I can't say that it'll be the best of matchups on Monday Night with the Chicago Bears hosting the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are under .500 but to their credit, they both put up points last week and maybe just maybe will do it again tonight.

For this game, we have our staff's favorite picks for all the action from against the spread picks, player props, plays on the total, and more.

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Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Picks

Darnell Mooney Over 3.5 receptions (-148)

Darnell Mooney has become the number one option in Chicago’s passing game in 2021. The second-year wideout is seeing 7.3 targets per game, while Allen Robinson is next in the pecking order at just 5.6 targets per game. Here’s some good news for Mooney tonight: Allen Robinson is out.

Mooney will hardly have any competition for targets from Justin Fields against the Vikings tonight. Mooney’s played three games without A-Rob this season, and he's had five receptions in all three, averaging 10.3 targets and 5 receptions per game as Chicago’s clear-cut number one. The matchup with the Vikings is a terrific one, too. They’re giving up the fourth-most targets and catches to wide receivers this season and have the 21st-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

The weather doesn’t seem like it will be an issue at Soldier Field tonight, so look for Mooney to see as many targets as he can handle.

-- Gray Gutfreund (@PropBetGuru)

Justin Fields Over 204.5 Passing Yards (-110)

I believe the Chicago Bears are in full "player evaluation" mode. This means they will open up the playbook and see what they have in Fields. He's been taking a lot more chances, including over 220 yards last week in bad weather at Lambeau. He'll be playing from behind in this game as well and the winds look to be pretty calm tonight in Chicago.

-- Albert Nguyen (@AnalyticsCapper)

Dalvin Cook UNDER 95.5 rushing yards (-115)

The over on this play is likely to be a popular pick given Cook's mammoth 205-yard performance against the Steelers. However, that was the only game Cook rushed for more than 86 yards in any of his last three. The Bears defense has had Cook's number in his career, limiting him to just 62.8 rushing yards per game in five career games. While Chicago's defense will have several players out due to injury or COVID-19, their issues are mostly in the secondary. Thus, we like the nature of this contrarian play, and expect Chicago's stout front to hold up well in the trenches.

-- Mike Spector (@MikeSpector01)

Tyler Conklin OVER 30.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

Even if Adam Thielen is able to play tonight, he will likely be less than 100%. K.J. Osborn has been a great fill-in when Thielen has missed time, but Tyler Conklin has stepped up when needed as well. Conklin has been targeted 5 or more times in 7 games this season. He has over 31 receiving yards in 5 of his last 8 games. The Chicago Bears have given up more than 30 receiving yards to tight ends 5 times in their last 5 games. I believe Kirk Cousins finds a way to get his tight end the ball tonight in a tough divisional primetime game.

-- Nate Hamilton (@DomiNateFF)

Justin Jefferson Anytime TD (-105)

Even with Adam Thielen’s status up in the air for Monday night at the moment, Jefferson is set up for a BOOM spot. I think Thielen sits this one out but even if he suits up I think he's limited at best. A high-ankle sprain is brutal and a three-week minimum injury. Jefferson had a season-high 15 targets with Thielen out last week and the Bears defense has allowed 17 scores to opposing wide receivers — tied for the most in the league entering Week 15! He’s scored in four of the last 6 games and is averaging 11.8 targets over that span. The Bears secondary is decimated by injuries and COVID. Top corner Jaylon Johnson was placed on the COIVD-list last night, he would have likely shadowed Jefferson. Jefferson was fourth in the NFL in red zone targets entering Week 15. With the wind expected to be light tonight in the Windy City, the passing game shouldn’t be affected. Jefferson will continue to make his case for the top wide receiver in the NFL tonight on primetime. Almost even money on this is very generous by DraftKings! Best of luck if you tail!

-- Tom Viera (@Tom_Viera)

Bears +7 (-110)

Love the dog today here at home facing this Vikings team. The Bears have struggled this season but the play of Justin fields has elevated as of late and the bears may have found their future QB. The Vikings have an issue with beating teams by more than a few points or losing by a few more than a few points. This is not a team that is capable of blowing teams out at this stage in the year as I believe it is far too many points! I will gladly back the home team with the points tonight who has a shot to win outright! Let’s cash in on the bears.

-- Matt McCuen (@DeadPresPicks)

Over 46.5

Honestly, I didn’t feel comfortable picking a winner even with the moneyline so instead, I’m going with the over. Neither of these two defenses are any good and both of these teams have been clicking on offense recently. I think we’re in for a shootout on Monday Night Football and if that’s the case expect this number to come in at about 50 combined points. Take the Vikings for example, they are allowing 26 points per game on average and are 11th in scoring. That tells you all you need to know, give us all the points tonight.

-- Matt O’Leary (@MattOLearyNY)

OddsChecker sports writer Matt O'Leary brings experience sports betting advice to the OC staff. You may recognize Matt from his popular New York Jets youtube channel, but his vast knowledge of sports and betting goes well past the boundaries of New York.

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