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Bears vs. Vikings: NFC North Showdown and Injury Challenges Unveiled

25 November, 2023

The Chicago Bears, sporting a 3-8 season record, recently faced off against the Detroit Lions, resulting in a close 31-26 loss. Despite the defeat, Justin Fields showcased his dual-threat abilities by leading in rushing with an impressive 104 yards. Wide receiver D.J. Moore contributed 96 yards on 7 receptions. Fields had a solid passing performance, throwing for 169 yards with a QB rating of 105.2 and connecting for one touchdown. The Bears’ defense faced challenges, allowing 115 rushing yards, 223 passing yards, and a completion rate of 65.7%. In total, the Bears gained 334 yards, with 46 rushing attempts accumulating 183 yards.

Season Overview: Bears’ Offense and Defense

Over the course of the season, the Bears have amassed a total of 3,562 yards, obtained 113 first downs, and incurred 73 penalties amounting to 623 yards. While their offensive endeavors have led to 15 passing touchdowns and 9 rushing touchdowns, turnovers have been a point of concern, tallying 19 for the season. Significant is the Bears’ potent running game, with an average of 139.5 yards per game, solidifying their position as the 4th-ranked team in the league. However, despite this strength, their overall offensive performance results in an average of 20.9 points per game.

Defensively, the Bears find themselves ranked 29th in the NFL, conceding an average of 26.0 points per game. Their run defense allows 3.4 yards per rush and 79.5 rushing yards per game, totaling 875 yards in 11 games. In passing defense, they’ve struggled, allowing 2,705 yards, ranking 29th, with a completion percentage of 68.4%. In general, they allow an average of 325.5 yards per game, positioning them at the 15th spot in the league. 

Minnesota Vikings Recap: Narrow Loss to the Broncos

The Minnesota Vikings, holding a 6-5 record, recently suffered a close 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs threw for 221 yards with one touchdown and one interception. T.J. Hockenson made an impact with 55 yards on 4 receptions, and Alexander Mattison rushed for 81 yards on 18 attempts. Despite accumulating 385 yards on 70 plays, averaging 5.5 yards per play, the Vikings fell short in their efforts.

Season Overview: Vikings’ Offensive and Defensive Stats

Over the course of the season, the Vikings have accumulated a total of 2,934 passing yards, sustaining an average of 266.7 yards per game, which positions them at the 3rd spot in the league. Their ground game contributes an average of 93.8 yards per game, accumulating a total of 1,032 yards. Collectively, they maintain an average of 360.5 yards per game, ranking them 10th in the league. Demonstrating a well-rounded offensive performance, the Vikings have incurred 54 penalties for 420 yards, earned 147 first downs, and maintained an average of 23.0 points per game.

On the defensive side, the Vikings have permitted an average of 226.6 passing yards per game, securing the 17th position in the league, along with 94.0 rushing yards per game, adding up to a total of 1,034 yards. They’ve given up 15 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns, yet they’ve managed to generate 14 takeaways, recovering 5 fumbles, and intercepting 9 passes. Despite their defensive efforts, they allow an average of 20.9 points per game, positioning them 15th in the NFL.

NFC North Standings: Bears Grapple with 3-8 Record, While Vikings Forge Ahead at 6-5

The Bears, with a 3-8 record, find themselves 14th in the NFC and 4th in the NFC North. On the road, they’ve struggled with a 1-5 record. Against the spread, they hold a 4-5-2 record, with an average scoring margin of -5.1.

The Vikings, at 6-5, are 2nd in the NFC North. They have a balanced record at home (2-3) and on the road (4-2). Against the spread, they boast a 7-3-1 record, with a scoring margin of +2.1 per game.

Monday Night Football: Bears vs. Vikings Preview (Odds at

Injury reports for the upcoming Monday Night Football game reveal concerns for both teams. The Bears’ D’Onta Foreman and Lucas Patrick face injuries, while the Vikings’ Akayleb Evans, T.J. Hockenson, and Justin Jefferson, the latter likely to sit out until after the bye week, also deal with health issues.

This sets the stage for a compelling NFC North showdown. The Bears aim to improve their road record, while the Vikings seek to solidify their position in the division. The game promises an intriguing matchup between the struggling Bears and the competitive Vikings, with both teams navigating the challenges of injuries.  The perfect play here may be to buy the half and ride the home team -2.5 points. Be sure to visit and claim a 30% CASH BONUS or 135% FREE PLAY on your deposit. 

Spread: Bears +3 (-110) – Vikings -3 (-110) 

Money Line: Bears +140 – Vikings -160



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