Monday, October 9th, 2017 – The storylines for sports fans and the sports betting public are pretty much all about Trubisky, Trubisky, Trubisky when talking Vikings vs. Bears Monday Night Football picks.
Before breaking this one down, let’s have a quick review of last week’s pick. That old phrase “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” is apropos. Those of us who had Washington getting the 7-points can still feel the sting. If you were holding a Kansas City Chief ticket as last week’s Monday nighter went final, you now have one of those wonderful “can’t believe I won that bet” stories, while we, on the other side, painfully added another “bad beat” anecdote to the pile. Regardless of how it all went down, I’m now a putrid 0-4 with my first four plays this season. Let’s have a look at this week’s Monday nighter.
While the switch from Mike Glennon to Mitch Trubisky will soak up all the pre-game chatter, there are intriguing matchups and storylines across the board. Can the Bears’ O-line impose their will as they did in both matchups vs. Minny last year? Will QB Sam Bradford get the start over Case Keenum? With Dalvin Cook sidelined, what will the Vikings’ running game look like?
Hey, there’s a lot to be excited about in Chicago with their new young pivot being handed the ball. But it is important to note that the change wasn’t spurred by Trubisky’s growth, but by the consistently troubling performances rolled out by Glennon.
His mobility will be an instant upgrade, helping both the running and passing game. The Viking D will make things uncomfortable for him, bringing confusing blitz packages and coverage. The key is not to turn the ball over, not to make those critical mistakes his predecessor couldn’t stay away from.
I’m expecting the Bears’ running game to do a lot of the heavy lifting. They had success taking on this Viking front seven last year and there’s reason to believe they’ll have a measure of success again in this one.
On the other side of the ball, the Viking offense has issues on the ground and behind centre. Bradford might get the start, or it could be Keenum again. With the impressive rookie running back Cook on the sidelines, look for the rushing attack to struggle. And if they can’t establish a ground game, they don’t have the passing attack to overcome it. Chicago’s secondary need a plan to handle receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, and they’ll get their yards, but controlling them is definitely doable, if they don’t have to account for extra help upfront to deal with the run.
Vikings vs. Bears MNF Pick
The Trubisky-era is starting sooner than this coaching staff would have liked, no question. When Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains says the rookie is close to ready, that’s in the same neighborhood as saying he’s ready, but not exactly the same thing. It’s going to be a struggle for the rookie, facing a good defense, but again, if he can look after the ball this should be a “good news” type of night for him, win or lose.
I don’t see the Bears getting run out of the stadium tonight. This current version of the Vikes aren’t built to pull that off. Getting 3.5 points at home, I’m betting a solid run game and a defense that can handle this banged-up opponent will be enough to give them a real shot at the win.
I’ll take those points and play on the underdog Bears.
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