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NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Road Favorites Against Chicago in Week 18

After sweeping their division at home earlier in the season, the Vikings have struggled against those opponents on the road, falling to Detroit 34-23 and Green Bay 41-17.

Minnesota will have an opportunity to snap that streak on Sunday when it travels to Chicago to face the Bears at noon (CT) on FOX.

The Vikings and the Bears have met 123 times, with Minnesota holding a 64-57-2 advantage in the series. Minnesota has won four of the past five games, including a 29-22 victory in Week 5.

Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game:

Vikings 27, Bears 13 — Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com

It's quietly been a down year for Dalvin Cook. Facing the Bears could be a much-needed confidence boost for the sixth-year back and his team heading into the playoffs. The only two-score win by the Vikings this year was in Week 1, and this is a great chance to bookend the season with easy victories. The Bears defense is getting pushed around, and Justin Fields' absence removes any chance of Chicago putting up a fight.

Vikings 31, Bears 19 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The Vikings aren't playing very well, but they still have 12 victories and can lock up the second seed by winning this one (and having the 49ers lose to the Cardinals). The Bears looked awful last week in losing to theLions. The Bears will play better here, but I think Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson light them up.

Vikings 30, Bears 13 — Staff, Bleacher Report

In a matchup between the best and worst teams in the NFC North, this spread [of 7.5 points] seems appropriate, though bettors may hesitate to place wagers on the Minnesota Vikings after they laid an egg in a 24-point loss to the Green Bay Packers last week.

With that said, Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell seemed eager to clinch the No. 2 seed and build some steam on the way to the postseason.

Vikings 30, Bears 24 — Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

The Vikings don't have much on the line here as they probably will be the No. 3 seed behind the 49ers and NFC East champions no matter what. But they need a good tune-up for Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook and the offense. Their defense also can feel better about ripping into a weak attack around Nathan Peterman.

View photos of Vikings players practicing at the TCO Performance Center on Jan. 5, 2022.

Vikings 29, Bears 24 — Bill Bender, Sporting News

The Vikings are out of the mix for the No. 1 seed, meaning Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson are among the key players that could rest here. They could still beat a Bears team that has lost nine straight games. This is one to stay away from, but if Cousins and Co. start, then look for Minnesota to try to get that blowout loss to Green Bay out of the memory bank.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Bears.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 85% — FiveThirtyEight.com

5 of 5 experts (4 didn't submit yet) pick the Vikings, ESPN

5 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB

4 of 6 experts pick the Vikings, Bleacher Report

10 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, The Athletic

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