With his team's offense struggling, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has turned over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor beginning with the Bears' Monday Night Football game against the rival Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Since he took over as coach before the 2018 season, Nagy had been the Bears' lone offensive play-caller, but so far this season the Bears (5-4) rank 29th in total offense (317.8 yards per game) and scoring offense (19.8 points per game).
Kickoff for Bears vs. Vikings is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Minnesota is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Vikings vs. Bears odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 44. Before making any Bears vs. Vikings picks, be sure to see the latest Monday Night Football predictions from SportsLine's resident Minnesota expert, R.J. White.
CBS Sports' NFL editor, White enters Week 10 on a sizzling 31-21 run on his NFL picks. It's no surprise, as White twice has cashed huge in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
White has a particularly keen eye for the Vikings. In fact, he is an astounding 35-12 in his last 47 spread picks in games involving Minnesota. Anyone who has followed White is way up.
Now, he has studied Vikings vs. Bears from every angle and released another confident against-the-spread pick. You can only see it here. Here are the NFL odds and betting trends for Bears vs. Vikings:
- Vikings vs. Bears spread: Minnesota -3.5
- Vikings vs. Bears over-under: 44 points
- Vikings vs. Bears money line: Minnesota -180, Chicago +160
- MIN: Running back Dalvin Cook leads NFL in rushing (122.6 yards per game)
- CHI: Linebacker Roquan Smith ranks fourth in the league in tackles
Why the Vikings can cover
Running back Dalvin Cook is on a roll. In the past two weeks, he has racked up 478 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns and earned back-to-back NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. His 369 rushing yards over the past two weeks are the most in a two-game stretch by a player in franchise history.
In addition, receiver Justin Jefferson has emerged as a premier deep threat as a rookie. He ranks second in the NFL in yards per reception (18.4). He also leads all rookies in yards per catch and receiving yards (627).
Why the Bears can cover
If history is any indication, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins will struggle on Monday. The Vikings' signal-caller is 0-9 as a starter on Monday Night Football, with his team losing by an average of 11.0 points. He also is 0-3 in his last three starts against the Bears, averaging just 209.0 passing yards and with a passer rating of 82.0.
In addition, Chicago's pass defense has been strong this season. The Bears are allowing a passer rating of 84.0, which ranks fourth in the NFL. They also allow 218.2 passing yards per game, which is eighth.
Last week, the Bears gave up just 158 passing yards to Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill and had three sacks and six quarterback hits.
How to make Vikings vs. Bears picks
Now, White has broken down Bears vs. Vikings from every angle. He's leaning under on the total, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He's found a critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread hit hard on Monday Night Football. He's only sharing it here.
Who wins Bears vs. Vikings on Monday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Vikings vs. Bears spread you should jump on, all from the expert who's 35-12 on picks involving Minnesota, and find out.