Our Official Staff Prediction for Vikings at Bears

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The VikingsTerritory collective staff prediction for Vikings at Bears is ready.

Minnesota lost in Week 5 at home versus the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20, thanks to an early-game turnover, critical mistakes, and some bizarre officiating.

Our Official Staff Prediction for Vikings at Bears

The Bears suddenly became hot one week ago, thrashing the Washington Commanders on Thursday Night Football at FedEx Field. The Bears won 40-20 and looked quite efficient.

The writers at VikingsTerritory predict the Vikings will win their second game of the season — by a whisker.

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The group was evenly split, six to six, but the tiebreaker via point margin suggested the Vikings would edge the Bears.

Here’s how the panel sees the score for Week 6:

Dustin Baker: Bears Win, 20-17
Sean Borman: Bears Win, 26-17
Janik Eckardt: Vikings Win, 23-21
Josh Frey: Bears Win, 27-21
Will Goodwin: Vikings Win, 24-20
Wes Johnson: Bears Win, 27-24
Kyle Joudry: Bears Win, 27-24
Adam New: Bears Win, 21-20
Nate Powalie: Vikings Win, 19-7
Ted Schwerzler: Vikings Win, 28-24
Ali Siddiqui: Vikings Win, 23-17
Cole Smith: Vikings Win, 20-18

Mathematically en masse, we predict the Vikings will top the Bears by a score of 22-21.

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And 2023 season standings for our writers’ predictions:

Dustin Baker: 3-2
Adam New: 3-2
Sean Borman: 3-2
Josh Frey: 3-2
Will Goodwin: 3-2
Ted Schwerzler: 3-2
Cole Smith: 3-2
Nate Powalie: 3-2
Janik Eckardt: 2-3
Wes Johnson: 2-3
Kyle Joudry: 2-3
Ali Siddiqui: 2-3

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Last week, Adam New and Ted Schwerzler most accurately predicted the Vikings outcome. They picked the Chiefs to win by seven, and that happened.

The point spread currently favors the Vikings at Chicago by 2.5 points. Minnesota will be without Justin Jefferson in a game for the first time since the 2019 playoffs, so the offense will feel like a brave new world.

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Sporting News picked the Bears to defeat the Vikings, and SN’s Bill Bender explained with a 30-25 prediction, “Justin Jefferson went down with a non-contact injury, and the Vikings’ one-score luck has reversed this season. Kirk Cousins had led Minnesota to victories in his last three starts at Soldier Field, but Justin Fields is a hot quarterback all of a sudden – and has done a good job stopping the run in its last two games. Fields picks up his first career victory against Minnesota. It’s another step in the right direction.”

The Vikings have won three consecutive games at Soldier Field. Since 2000, however, Minnesota is 7-15 (.320) at the Bears house.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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