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The Minnesota Vikings (3-5) and Chicago Bears (5-4) face off on Monday Night Football in a Week 10 NFL game.

The Bears are trying to get back on track after some tough losses while the Vikings hope to continue to ride running back Dalvin Cook.

The Vikings have reached the midway point of their 2020 season, a stretch that has been filled with both ups and downs.

Despite Minnesota’s 3-5 record, the Vikings have some momentum from winning back-to-back games against the Packers and Lions.

The Chicago Bears have lost three straight games and are teetering on the verge of a collapse heading into a pivotal Monday Night Football showdown against the Minnesota Vikings.

In many ways, this is a must-win game for the Bears, who need to find a way to change course ahead of the bye week and with the Green Bay Packers forthcoming. But with an offense that remains arguably the worst in the NFL, is that possible?

ALL-TIME HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES

The Bears and Vikings rivalry has had many twists and turns through the years, and looking at the complete history doesn’t help us in making predictions moving forward. If we focus on the last 20 games between the Bears and Vikings we can get a more clear picture of how this series is going. In the last 20 games, the Chicago Bears have posted an 11-9 record against the Minnesota Vikings and had a run of six straight victories during that span.

The Bears also won both of the games during the 2018 season, and they will head into the 2019 season with a two-game winning streak. Home teams have dominated this rivalry in the last 20 games, which could be something to keep an eye on moving forward. The Bears went 8-2 against the Vikings at Soldier Field in Chicago, and the Vikings posted a 7-3 record in games played in Minnesota. If the past 20 games are any indication of the future, the home teams are the pick moving forward.

The Bears have also been the right team to pick against the spread in the last 20 games. Chicago has been a favorite in just eight of the last 20 games but went 6-2 against the spread in games as the favorite. The Vikings were the favorites in terms of point spread in 12 games, but they only covered the spread in five of them. The Bears haven’t been great against the rest of the NFL in this span, but they have been the right pick in almost any situation when playing the Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings might have a slim lead over the Chicago Bears in the all-time series, but they don’t even come close to matching their postseason success. The Bears are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history, having won nine league championships. All but one of those league championships came prior to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Minnesota has just one league championship, but they are looking for their first-ever championship in the Super Bowl era.

The Vikings have won 20 division championships in league history, while the Bears have won a grand total of 21 of them. Minnesota does hold a small edge over Chicago in playoff appearances. The Vikings have made it to the NFL Playoffs a total of 29 times, while the Bears have reached the playoffs 26 times. It’s kind of weird that the two teams have combined for just one Super Bowl victory despite being two of the best teams in the National Football League since the merger in 1970.

The Bears and Vikings are certain to continue duking it out in defensive duels in future seasons. Their rivalry might not be as contentious as some of the other spats in the league, but these teams have plenty of drive to defeat each other. Keep an eye out for Minnesota working their way up to challenge the Bears in the 2019 season and beyond!

Injury Report

VIKINGSPositionInjuryThursday
Irv Smith Jr.TEGroinDNP
C.J. HamFBShoulder/Not Injury RelatedDNP
Cameron DantzlerCBConcussionLP
Ifeadi OdenigboDEShoulderFP
Adam ThielenWRShoulderFP
BEARSPositionInjuryThursday
Tashaun Gipson Sr.SFootLP
Jimmy GrahamTENot Injury Related/Resting VeteranDNP
Akiem HicksDTNot Injury Related/Resting VeteranDNP
John JenkinsNTAnkleDNP
Cole KmetTEGroinDNP
Sherrick McManisSHandDNP
Barkevious MingoOLBShoulderLP
David MontgomeryRBConcussionDNP
Sam MustipherOLKneeDNP
Allen Robinson IIWRKneeLP
Roquan SmithILBBackLP
Jason SpriggsLTKneeDNP
Danny TrevathanILBNot Injury Related/Resting VeteranDNP
Mitchell TrubiskyQBRight ShoulderDNP
Brent UrbanDTShin/ThumbFP
Josh WoodsILBAnkle/CalfFP

Key:

  • DNP – Did not participate in practice
  • LP – Limited participation in practice
  • FP – Full participation
  • (-) – Not listed

Our Dream 11 Prediction

Kirk Cousins

Dalvin Cook, David Montgomery

Adam Thielen, Allen Robinson

Irv Smith

Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, Khalil Mack

Eddie Jackson, Robert Quinn

Captain:

Kirk Cousins

Vice-Captain:

Khalil Mack

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