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Betting odds: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
- Over/Under: 44.5
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC
- Zylbert’s 2018 NFL Over/Under Betting Record: 6-4-1, +1.5 units
- Last Week’s Result: Chargers-Raiders Over 49 (loss)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
It’s been a long time since these two NFC North rivals clashed in a meaningful affair past the halfway point of the season.
That changes Sunday night in Week 11, when the Vikings travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in a game with first place in the division on the line.
It wasn’t bold to predict the emergence of Minnesota’s offense, which welcomed new quarterback Kirk Cousins this summer. The former Redskins signal-caller has been as good as advertised, enjoying arguably the best campaign of his seven-year career. With an assortment of explosive weapons around him, it’s not hard to see why.
However, many did not anticipate Bears second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky making the type of leap he has in Year 2. After an inconsistent freshman showing, the 2017 No. 2 draft pick has blossomed under new head coach Matt Nagy, guiding Chicago to an impressive 6-3 record.
Trubisky and Co. are scoring a whopping 29.9 points per game, which ranks third in the NFC behind only the world-beating Saints and Rams.
So, that begs the question: Will offense reign supreme when the Vikings and Bears meet for the first time this season?