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NFL handicapper Jason Radowitz analyzes the Week 18 NFC North clash between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. He gives his best bet for the game here.
ANALYSIS

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Prediction: Can the Bears Notch Win Number 7?

The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will play in one last game before each team packs their bags. Neither team will finish with a winning record and neither team has a chance of making the postseason.

Even with the expansion in weeks and in teams making the playoffs, neither team could win enough games. The Bears have had to use three different quarterbacks this season while the Vikings struggled to defend consistently throughout the entire season.

Here are our picks and predictions for the Bears vs Vikings game on Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2021

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: FOX

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Vikings vs. Bears INJURY REPORT

Bears

Questionable: QB Justin Fields (Ankle)

Vikings

Questionable: QB Kirk Cousins (Illness) Out: WR Adam Thielen (Ankle)

Some players, including Kirk Cousins, currently have COVID. It's likely that most will be able to be active for Sunday's game.

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Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction

It's been reported that the Bears are hoping for Justin Fields to start in the final game of the season. Getting Fields back out there in a meaningless game would be great to just get him back out there and feeling good for next season.

Meanwhile, we don't officially know if Kirk Cousins will be back for this game, but after Carson Wentz returned to the Colts, you'd have to assume Cousins will be back for this game.

The Vikings have always had a great offense with Cousins under center. Minnesota has averaged 24.6 points per game with over 375 yards per game. The offense was never really at full strength this year with Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen missing time but overall, the Vikings can really light up the scoreboard at times.

Defensively, the Vikings were inconsistent and gave up 25.6 points per game. The team allowed opponents to average 405.3 yards per game and just couldn't get stops in the passing or rushing game this year.

The Bears are no threat offensively or defensively, but Chicago is coming off a 29-3 win over the Giants and has now won two straight games with two different quarterbacks after a 25-24 win over Seattle.

It would be awesome watching the Bears win three straight games with three different quarterbacks and I really don't think that's out of the question for this game. The Bears have scored 25 or more points in three of their last four games and have something going, no matter who the quarterback is.

Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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