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NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Back on the Road vs. Bears

The Vikings are back on the road for the second division game of the season for a Week 4 matchup against the Bears.

Minnesota (2-1) will take on NFC North rival Chicago (2-1) at 3:25 p.m. (CT) Sunday at Soldier Field.

The Bears are coming off of a victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football during Week 3.

Experts across the internet submitted their predictions to all NFL games ahead of the much-anticipated Week 4 matchup.

Let's see what is expected in Sunday's matchup.

Vikings 16, Bears 13, Gregg Rosenthal,

The Vikings are running a 1990s offense, with 80 percent of their plays coming from under center according to, easily the highest rate in the league. The approach has helped Dalvin Cook rise to the top of the league in yards from scrimmage and allowed the Vikings to mostly hide their $84 million quarterback Kirk Cousins. After an encouraging week for both Cousins and Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, this game may come down to which signal-caller can avoid a catastrophic mistake against a playmaking defense. I know who Cousins is after 76 starts. Trubisky is tougher to pin down, especially when he's unlikely to get as many easy throws as he did in Washington or support from his running game, with Bears rookie David Montgomery still looking for his breakout game. Keep an eye on resurgent Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen in this game, with Minnesota again boasting an elite edge-rushing duo. (Having this has essentially become mandatory in the NFL's best defensive division.)

Bears 21, Vikings 17, Bleacher Report Staff

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is 4-26 in his career against teams with a winning record. And after defeating the Redskins on Monday night, the Chicago Bears have themselves a winning record.

That doesn't bode well for a Vikes team that was outscored 49-30 in two losses to Chicago last season.

"I don't trust Mitchell Trubisky, but I also don't trust Kirk Cousins," Gagnon said. "And both teams have ridiculous defenses, but Chicago's is probably a little more fierce. With the Bears laying less than a field goal at home against a quarterback and team that continually struggle against quality opponents, this is an easy decision."

The public is all over the Vikings, who are slightly more rested and are coming off their second strong performance in three weeks to start the year. Davenport is well aware of that, and he figures Minnesota should capitalize on the fact it is in more of a groove than the offensively challenged Bears. And there's logic there.

Still, the Vikings beat up on Atlanta and Oakland at home. Those aren't supposed to be challenges, and Minnesota has always delivered in those routine Sunday afternoon home games. This'll have a big-game feel, which makes it hard to get behind Cousins and Co.

Bears 23, Vikings 20, Tadd Haislop, Sporting News

This is a toss-up, but only because the Bears aren't getting strong enough play from Mitchell Trubisky. The Vikings are running all over teams with Dalvin Cook, but they'll see one of the NFL's best defenses in Chicago. As shaky as Trubisky has been, it's not like Cousins has been much better.

Bears 17, Vikings 16, Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Is this a big game? Of course it is. That's not good news for the Vikings and Kirk Cousins. The Bears are playing on a short week, but that defense will shut down Cousins. The Bears won't get much on offense either, but they will win a tight one.

Vikings 20, Bears 14, Mike Florio, Smith Pro Football Talk

A run-based offense and a competent defense should outscore a Chicago team that is still searching for its offensive identity.

This may be the biggest game of the season so far, two 2-1 teams needing to keep pace in the competitive NFC North. I see the Bears' defense clamping down on the Vikings' offense.

Bears 20.3, Vikings 18.9, Vikings Pregame Win Percentage: 45.9%, FOX utilizes its football simulation to predict the outcome for this week's games. Each game is simulated 501 times to generate an average score and winning percentage. The predictions use the most up-to-date stats, rosters and depth charts.

Vikings Pregame Win Percentage: 41 %, FiveThirtyEight

FiveThirtyEight's 2018 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team's chances of winning each game of the season.

8 of 10 experts picked the Vikings, SB Nation

4 of 8 experts picked the Vikings, CBS Sports

6 of 7 experts picked the Vikings, USA Today Sports

6 of 9 experts picked the Vikings, MMQB Staff