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Sunday Night Football: Vikings vs Bears

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NFC North Divisional Showdown on Sunday Night Football

Sunday Night Football features the The Chicago Bears against the Minnesota Vikings. This is a key game for both teams.

The Bears rise from mediocrity continued in Week 10 with a dominant victory over the Detroit Lions. While the Lions are certainly not in the upper echelon of the league, the Bears showed that their team is a threat on both sides of the ball.

Meanwhile, the Vikings are coming off of a Bye Week and will look to field a healthier team than they’ve had in weeks as they attempt to regain their divisional lead.

First place in the NFC North The Vikings have won four of their last five games after getting past the Detroit Lions 24-9 two Sundays ago and then enjoying a bye week to watch the Bears defeat the Lions 34-22.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC.

LINE: Bears -2.5. O/U: 453.5

The Bears are riding a 3-game winning streak and unsurprisingly, Chicago’s defense has been at the center of that success. They’ve allowed an average of just 13 points per game over that span and now sit in fourth in the NFL in points allowed per game (19.4). Led by LB Khalil Mack, who drives the Bears’ defense with 7 sacks on the season, Chicago has found success with a focus on defense.

Mack returned from a two-game absence last week to record two sacks, giving him a team-leading seven.

Minnesota comes into Chicago a rested and hopefully healthier team. Minnesota has been missing several starters, including WR Stefon Diggs, over the past weeks and welcomed the week off. Starting this Sunday, the Vikes face NFC North divisional teams in four of their remaining seven games, so they’ll need to find their stride if they hope to hold on to a playoff spot. Sunday’s game will go a long way in affirming their stance atop the division.

DE Danielle Hunter had 3.5 sacks against the Lions and enters Week 11 ranked second in the NFL with 11.5.

PREDICTION: Bears 23, Vikings 17

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