The Minnesota Vikings vs. Bears live stream online and televised Monday Night Football game will be under the spotlight in Chicago for NFL Week 9. Fans will see two NFC North teams on opposite ends of the spectrum for the division, with one team having won only once this season and other team coming off their first loss this season. As these two squads approach the midway point of the latest campaign, it should be an intriguing battle, with the Bears starting quarterback Jay Culter set to return from injury and Minnesota looking to regain their winning ways.
On Sunday, The Charlotte Observer reported that the Vikings are coming off a tough 21-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles from the previous week. In that defeat, quarterback Sam Bradford was sacked six times and fumbled the ball four times. Basically, Philadelphia’s defensive lineman had their way with the Vikings’ offensive line and were easily able to get to the QB who started off the season on a tear.
Bradford seems to feel confident that he and his teammates will be able to address the issues that led to their first loss.
“A lot of them were just mental mistakes. They’re things that we have done correctly the previous five weeks and just failed to execute or failed to do them correctly on Sunday. So, we’ve just got to get back on track and go out there and be the offense we know we can be.”
Bradford has compiled 1,214 passing yards and seven touchdowns so far this season with only one interception. His top target has been Stefan Diggs who in just his second season has 27 catches for 390 yards and a touchdown. However, it’s been Minnesota’s defense that has really been the star of their season so far.
The Vikings currently lead the league in multiple categories, but perhaps their most notable is points per game allowed. The team has given up just two 14 per game so far, heading into tonight’s contest. They’ll take that stat up against a Bears team that is dead last in the league in scoring points, with an average of 15.9 per game.
One bright spot tonight may be the return of a quarterback who is often considered at the root of all the issues of his struggling team. The Bears’ Jay Cutler returns after a thumb injury he suffered several weeks ago. His backup, Brian Hoyer, recently suffered an injury, making Cutler once again the top option in Chicago. Cutler will try to lead the team to just its second win of the season, against one of the tougher opponents in the league.
With that said, it could be a long night for Bears’ fans. While Cutler is experienced with the team, this squad currently looks to be rebuilding for the future. It’s unknown how much longer Cutler will be part of the plan, with other players looking lost on the field for Chicago. Basically, it looks like it could be several more seasons until this team might even think of contending again.
As the Chicago Tribune reported from their interview with ESPN’s Monday Night Football commentator John Gruden, Cutler is partly at fault for the team’s issues, but not completely.
“It’s not just him. He’s always going to take the bullets. And some the quarterback needs to take. But the Bears are rebuilding this team. You hate to say it, but they needed to be put back together. They got all old. So here we are with Cutler.”
The Bears will have home field advantage with tonight’s game set to be played at historic Soldier Field. However, with a 1-6 overall record, Chicago hasn’t really found ways to win there.
So far this season, the Chicago Bears have gone 1-6 against the spread overall, with a 1-2 home ATS record. The Minnesota Vikings are 5-1 against the spread and come into this matchup with a 2-1 ATS record on the road. The point spread for tonight’s matchup is five points for the visiting team with an over/under points total hovering around 39-1/2 points for the game.
The Monday Night Football matchup will be televised live on the ESPN channel starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Cable and satellite subscribers that have ESPN included in their service can use the WatchESPN broadband sports network to watch the game live streaming online, simply by logging into their account. There’s also the SlingTV service which offers a one-week free trial and includes ESPN channels in its lineup.
An easy prediction for tonight’s game is the Vikings will get their bounce back win by a touchdown. Look for Cutler to try to make things happen, but as has been the case so far this season, he doesn’t enough of a team around him to do so. Bradford clearly does, and coming off a loss that really stung should certainly be enough motivation for him and the league-leading Vikings defense to pick apart a struggling division opponent.
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