Vikings vs Bears Prediction, Odds & Best Bets for Week 18 (Offenses Go Back and Forth at Soldier Field)

Larry Rupp
Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears prediction, odds and best bets for NFL Week 18 game.
Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears prediction, odds and best bets for NFL Week 18 game. / AP Photos/Stacy Bengs
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Vikings vs Bears Week 18 Game Info

2022 NFL Regular Season — Week 18
Minnesota Vikings (12-4, 4-3 Away) vs. Chicago Bears (3-13, 2-6 Home)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Venue: Soldier Field — Chicago, IL
Coverage: FOX

The Minnesota Vikings will aim to earn a season sweep over the Chicago Bears when they travel to Soldier Field in Week 18 NFL action. Minnesota took a step back in a 41-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled with 3 costly interceptions in the defeat.

Meanwhile, Chicago couldn't keep up in a 41-10 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 17. The Bears' last win came all the way back in Week 7. Quarterback Justin Fields completed 7 of his 21 pass attempts for 75 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He added 132 rushing yards on 10 efficient carries.

Vikings vs Bears Odds & Spread

All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: MIN: (-124) | CHI: (+106)
Spread: MIN: -2.5 (-105) | CHI: +2.5 (-115)
Total: 46.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Vikings enter this contest as slight road favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This Weke 18 clash also features one of the higher totals on the NFL slate at 46.5 points.

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Vikings vs Bears Prediction & Pick

This could be a game in which neither team wants to win. The Vikings would remain the No. 3 seed with a loss, which means they would play a team they already beat this year in the divisional round (New York Giants). A loss for the Bears would mean they would have the No. 2 overall pick at worst.

When it comes down to it, Chicago has more to lose at this point. Even if the Vikings opt to sit players like Cousins and Justin Jefferson, veteran backup QB Nick Mullens should be able to dice up a Bears defense that has allowed an average of 240.0 passing yards over its last three games (No. 24 in NFL).

The Bears have lost a disappointing six home games in a row and I don't see that streak ending now.

Final Score Prediction: Vikings: 30 | Bears: 24

Vikings vs Bears Betting Trends

- Minnesota is 4-1 straught up in its last five games against Chicago.
- The total has hit the over in each of Minnesota's last six games.
- Chicago is 1-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in eight of Chicago's last 10 games.

Vikings vs Bears Best Bet

The over is the best bet to make in this game. While it would obviously be better if all the starters played on Sunday, a shootout is likely to break out no matter who suits up. That is because Chicago ranks dead last in opponent points per game (27.1), while Minnesota ranks second-to-last (25.9).

The total has hit the over in each of Minnesota's last six games as well as in eight of Chicago's last 10 games. The over has also cashed in four of the last six head-to-head matchups between these NFC North rivals. Sit back and root for points in what is the final regular season game for the home team.

Bet: Over 46.5 Points (-110)

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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