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Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears 11/16/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Minnesota Vikings visit the Chicago Bears on 11/16/2020 at 8:15PM.

Minnesota and Chicago face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Minnesota has a record of 3-5 this season. Chicago is 5-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Minnesota Team Defense Preview

Minnesota faces 6.7 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 38.4 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.72 points per offensive possession. On 52.9% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 8.2% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 34.0 and these drives usually take up 3:02 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 105.1 against Minnesota and on 2.0% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Minnesota has forced a sack rate of 5.1% this season.

We will get more situational with Minnesota and examine various situations. They have faced 94 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 35 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 37.2%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 16 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 12 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 63.6%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 31 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 17 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 54.8%.

Minnesota Team Offense Preview

Minnesota has run 5.4 plays per drive and this offense averages 35.4 yards per drive, and they score 2.49 points per offensive possession. On 39.5% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 14.0% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 23.7 yard line, they usually take up 2:33 of time.

On 7.2% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 4.8% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Minnesota has yielded 16 sacks this season and there were 82 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 5.5 yards per carry and for 160.4 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 5 times this season.

Examining Minnesota in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 79 third down attempts this season and have converted 31 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 39.2%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 10 fourth down attempts this season and have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 50.0%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 26 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 20 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 76.9%.

Chicago Team Defense Preview

Chicago faces 5.8 plays per drive, this defense gives up 28.4 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.74 points per drive. On 37.7% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 8.5% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 29.4 yard line, they usually take up 2:33 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 84.0 against Chicago and 1.6% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Chicago has forced a sack rate of 6.0% this season.

We will get more situational with Chicago and examine various situations. They have faced 129 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 40 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 31.0%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 12 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 8 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 33.3%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 31 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 13 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 41.9%.

Chicago Team Offense Preview

Chicago has 5.9 plays per drive, they generate 27.7 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 1.66 points per drive. On 32.0% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 11.7% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 29.3 and these drives typically last 2:42.

On 4.3% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.7% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Chicago has given up 23 sacks this season and there were 187 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 3.7 yards per carry and for 82.3 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 9 times this season.

Examining Chicago in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 124 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 40 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 32.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 16 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 9 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 56.3%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 26 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 13 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 50.0%.

The Minnesota Roster

The Players to Watch for Minnesota

Kirk Cousins QB 6-3 202

This season, Kirk Cousins has put up 1855 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has thrown 10 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 97.7thus far this season. Kirk Cousins has thrown 10 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kirk Cousins has 55 rushing yards, which puts him in the 43.75 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 11 times this season, which puts him in the 32.81 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Dalvin Cook RB 5-10 210

This season, Dalvin Cook has 858 rushing yards on 144 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 12 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Dalvin Cook picked up 173 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 16 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Justin Jefferson WR 6-1 202

This season, Justin Jefferson picked up 627 yards. He caught the ball 34 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaleel Johnson DT 6-3 316

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jaleel Johnson has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 28.07 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jalyn Holmes DE 6-5 283

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jalyn Holmes has 10 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 9.02 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Anthony Harris FS 6-1 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Anthony Harris had 33 tackles which puts him in the 73.88 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Anthony Harris as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 23.21 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jeff Gladney CB 5-10 191

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Jeff Gladney had 36 tackles which puts him in the 95.92 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Gladney as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 24.46 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Chicago Roster

The Players to Watch for Chicago

Nick Foles QB 6-6 243

This season, Nick Foles has put up 1746 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 83.8thus far this season. Nick Foles has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Nick Foles has 1 rushing yards, which puts him in the 12.5 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 13 times this season, which puts him in the 42.19 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1 rushing touchdowns this season.

David Montgomery RB 5-10 222

This season, David Montgomery has 472 rushing yards on 131 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, David Montgomery picked up 212 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 30 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Allen Robinson WR 6-2 220

This season, Allen Robinson picked up 712 yards. He caught the ball 57 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Akiem Hicks DT 6-4 352

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Chicago, Akiem Hicks has 23 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 95.61 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

Robert Quinn DE 6-4 257

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Chicago, Robert Quinn has 6 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 24.59 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2.0 fumbles this season.

Eddie Jackson SS 6-0 204

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Chicago, Eddie Jackson had 40 tackles which puts him in the 88.06 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Eddie Jackson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 23.21 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Buster Skrine CB 5-9 187

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Chicago, Buster Skrine had 35 tackles which puts him in the 94.39 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Buster Skrine as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 24.46 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 21 Chicago Bears 27

Spread Pick: Chicago +3.5 -120 JazzSports
Moneyline Pick: Chicago +160 Pinnacle Sports
Total Pick: Over 43 -110 YouWager