Last updated: December 27th at 1:45pm ET
Team Totals: Bears 18.5, Vikings 18.5
Matt Nagy sounds hellbent on playing out the string with all of Chicago’s starters, while the Week 17 host Vikings can’t move from the NFC’s No. 6 seed regardless of win or loss. Mike Zimmer was still weighing whether to play Minnesota’s starters as late as Thursday afternoon, suggesting he probably won’t play everyone. And the fact that sportsbooks have this game lined at or near a pick ‘em shows the top of the betting market doesn’t buy the Vikings going all out. That makes this is a difficult game to handicap from all perspectives other than perhaps an under bet, although Bears-Vikings is already totaled near the bottom of Week 17’s 16-game slate.
The strongest DFS plays on Chicago’s side are also the most obvious. Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller figure to spend much of Sunday running routes against Vikings backup corners without a whole lot of Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen up front to support them. Mostly effective late in the season with the exception of last week’s Bortlesian effort at Arrowhead, Mitchell Trubisky is also playable in DFS tournaments in what sets up as a plus draw beneath Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium dome.
From the home team, we seem likely to witness Sean Mannion chucking errant passes to Olabisi Johnson, Laquon Treadwell, and Tyler Conklin. Week 16 flop Mike Boone would be a better bounce-back bet if the Vikings were likely to score more alongside full stints from Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs, and all five starting offensive linemen. Dalvin Cook (chest/shoulder), Alexander Mattison (ankle), and Adam Thielen (hamstring) are among the Vikings’ likeliest game-day inactives.
Score Prediction: Bears 21, Vikings 13