Major Line Movement To Note In Bears/Vikings Game

Minnesota opened as seven-point favorites, but things have changed

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Bears (7-8) at Vikings (10-5)

MIN -1, O/U 37, Sunday 12/29, 1:00pm EST

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The Minnesota Vikings are currently one-point favorites over the Chicago Bears, in what will essentially be a meaningless Week 17 game. The Bears have already been eliminated from the playoffs and no matter what the outcome is, the Vikings are locked into the sixth seed (their opponent is not yet known and is out of their control). While you might be asking yourself why any of this matters, it’s important to know that Minnesota opened as seven-point favorites. 

So, what happened to cause the six-point swing?

Monday Night Football happened

Without starting running back Dalvin Cook (chest) and backup Alexander Mattison (ankle) both inactive in that contest, Minnesota’s offense unraveled. Third-stringer Mike Boone took 11 carries for 28 yards while fourth-stringer Ameer Abdullah took four carries for a much-more-efficient 27 yards, but Kirk Cousins mustered 122 passing yards on 16-of-31 attempts along with a touchdown and an interception despite having Adam Thielen back on the field. Thielen didn’t record a single reception and was a complete non-factor in his return. 

Green Bay went on to win easily (23-10) and without a real reason to play any of their key starters against the Bears, the Vikings are not in a very appealing spot.

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