Are the Vikings actually favored to beat the Bears on Monday night?

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /

Oddsmakers have the Minnesota Vikings as the favorites against the Chicago Bears in Week 10.

Three weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears had very different thoughts about how the rest of the 2020 season might turn out.

The Vikings were in the middle of their bye week with a 1-5 record and wondering whether or not they should unload a number of their top players before the trade deadline. As this was going on, the Bears were tied for the most wins in the NFL and thoughts of having a shot at the top seed in the NFC were starting to become more realistic.

Since then, however, life has been much different for Minnesota and Chicago. The Vikings have won both of their matchups since their bye in Week 7 and the Bears haven’t won a game since Week 6.

Minnesota Vikings favored on the road against the Chicago Bears

On Monday night, Minnesota will travel to Chicago for a primetime matchup between two NFC North rivals. The Vikings are historically bad on the road against the Bears with only three wins since 2001 in the Windy City.

But two of Minnesota’s last three road victories over the Bears have happened since Mike Zimmer became the team’s head coach in 2014. So that should give Vikings fans at least a little bit of confidence about their team pulling out the win over Chicago on Monday.

On the latest edition of The Viking Age Podcast, FanSided’s Mark Carmen joined the show to help preview Minnesota’s upcoming divisional showdown and share some details about what has been going wrong with the Bears this season.

Some of the information Carmen shared should provide additional confidence for Vikings fans this week and so should the fact that oddsmakers actually have Minnesota as the favorite over the Bears. Despite the game taking place in Chicago and the Bears having a better record, FanDuel currently has the Vikings as a 2.5-point favorite heading into Monday night.

Being favored on the road against a team with a better record certainly isn’t something that has happened very often in Minnesota’s history.

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