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For once both Jeff and Sam came out
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For once both Jeff and Sam came out
on the right side of their Bears picks http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authen...tka-jersey , both taking the favorite and the under.The Bears cover was never really in doubt and neither was the over, if we’re honest.In the survivor pool, it was not quite so easy swimming for Sam. He took the Colts at home against the Raiders and watched in shame as he got his first strike. They were touchdown underdogs! That’s betting for you.Jeff faired better using the tried-and-true picking against the Dolphins. Overall, five more were eliminated, bringing the total to eight out, while nine now have two strikes, 15 have one strike including Sam and Lester and 16 with no strikes, which has Jeff among them.The pair is tied in the pick ‘em pool at 28. t4m8shn lost his top spot though, as CoachClem02 dethroned him and is the new leader with 25 points. Blowfish won the week with an impressive 12 points.On we roll!Bears (-5.5) at Oakland (London) O/U: 40.5Sunday, noonSam: There’s a variety of lines out there for this game, with the Bears favored between 5 and 6 which makes this one a little bit tougher to pick because it’s been all over the place. The Bears opened a 6-point favorite but it was bet down to as low as 4 at some books but now it’s back up to between 5 and 6, suggesting that there’s been a lot of movement.The designated home team in London has not covered a spread in the last four games and are 10-14 against the number overall in the series’ history. Jon Gruden is 8-12 against the spread in his return to Oakland.While the Bears are dealing with some drama of their own, I think that Nagy has the team focused and ready to go. Obviously, Khalil Mack is going to be bringing his absolute best and likely let out some frustrations. It may be ugly and it may start slow, but I think the Bears take care of business and cover while the under comes in.As for survivor picks, it’s going to be Kansas City for me. I am not quite ready to burn the Patriots, especially since they have such an easy looking schedule. The Chiefs get the Colts at home and after watching the Raiders run roughshod over them, I think Patrick Mahomes can beat up on them. Picks: Bears -5.5, under 40.5, Chiefs (survivor)Bears pick record: 6-1Jeff Berckes: Maybe I should just copy off Sam’s paper more often as we both hit on the Bears cover and under last week. Reality is I’m stubborn so I’m doing this one blind as I refuse to look at Sam’s picks until the article is etched in virtual ink. The Bears traveling to London to face the Raiders is interesting because that makes it basically a road game for both teams. The Raiders flew out right away, which I believe is the right thing. We’ve seen teams come out flat in the past due to jet lag and adjusting to time zones. I do think all those things can matter in football games, but I’m simply not convinced the Raiders are going to be able to do much of anything against this Bears defense. Chase Daniel can operate this offense in the short run and should be able to get enough points to push the Bears over the top. Like last week, give me the Bears to cover. I’m also firmly on the under until either this defense shows weakness or the offense comes to life in a sustained manner. As for the Survivor Pool Womens Richard Dent Jersey , I’ve struggled with this pick all week. I’m stuck between burning the Patriots against Washington, the Eagles at home against the Jets, or the Chiefs against the Colts. I think all three of those teams likely wins their game without much trouble so who do I want to save for down the road? The Eagles play the Dolphins down the line and the Patriots have a couple of nice matchups at home including next week against the Giants. The Chiefs have the Raiders and Broncos at home in December. While I reserve the right to change my mind, I’m leaning towards taking the Chiefs this week. As an extra bonus, I’ll be at that game so it’ll give some small stakes to cheer for a victory. Yeah, I booked the game before Andrew Luck retired...Picks: Bears -5, under 40.5, Chiefs (survivor)Bears pick record: 4-3What are you picking this week? Chime in on the comments below or take the conversation to Twitter with Sam @samhouseholder and Jeff @gridironborn. MINNEAPOLIS — For the fourth time in the past five years, the Chicago Bears will visit the Minnesota Vikings in the last game on the schedule.For once, this matchup has some meaning.The Vikings, having already ceded the NFC North title to the Bears, have yet to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Bears could still improve their seed and snag that coveted first-round bye, if they win and the Los Angeles Rams also lose at home to San Francisco.More Vikings coveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Rookie Bradbury is central figure to Vikings’ overhauled offensive lineVikings depth at cornerback being tested, Hughes still not clearedPlayers to watch at Minnesota Vikings 2019 training campTop Tweets: Vikings WR Diggs makes push for All-NFL Style TeamIf not, the Vikings (8-6-1) would be the likeliest opponent for the Bears (11-4) in the wild-card round next week.“We understand what’s at stake. There’s no magic formula. There’s no button you can push or hours you can put in to suddenly snap your fingers and guarantee a win,” Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “You do all you can, give everything you have.”Last season, though the Vikings needed the victory to secure the second seed in the NFC and the first-round bye , they had clinched the division two weeks earlier while the Bears were bound for last place in the division.The year before that, the biggest drama was the pair of repelling oil pipeline protesters who sneaked past security to climb up a truss connected to the roof and unfurl a large banner as they lowered themselves from the ceiling. Both the Bears and Vikings had already been eliminated from contention.In 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings wrapped up their first of two years outside during the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium with a win over the Bears that determined they’d finish third in the NFC North and not fourth.The two teams did this play-out-the-string thing twice in recent memory at the Metrodome, too. Both teams were eliminated before the 2011 finale, too Dan Hampton Jersey , when the Bears stopped a five-game losing streak to finish at .500. In 2005, with the Bears resting most of their starters with the division already clinched, a victory by the Vikings wasn’t enough to keep coach Mike Tice from being fired after the game .Well, finally, these rivals have entered their 2018 season closer in the right positions for a tension-filled game on Sunday.“We’re going in there really focused,” Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky said. “We know we’re going against a really good team.”Here are some other key angles to follow:SCOREBOARD WATCHINGThe NFL arranged the schedule to minimize the anticlimactic outcomes, moving the Bears-Vikings game to the late-afternoon slot so it would be played simultaneously with Eagles-Redskins, Cardinals-Seahawks and 49ers-Rams.The Vikings are guaranteed the last wild-card spot if Philadelphia loses at Washington. They would get the No. 5 seed and a first-round game at Dallas with a win and a loss by Seattle at home to Arizona. Their long-shot scenario is starting the postseason in Los Angeles, if they lose to the Bears and the Rams and Eagles lose, too.“All the hypotheticals or where we would be at or what we are going to be based on the results of this weekend, I know that we’re playing this game to win,” Trubisky said.“We’re going out there with our starters, and we’re competing. For me, it’s an easy mindset. Coach says, ‘Go,’ and we’re going.”7<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Upon Further Review: Vikings at LionsNO PAYBACKThe Bears said they’re not seeking payback for Vikings safety Harrison Smith, whose hit on a sliding Trubisky late in the game in Chicago on Nov. 18 drove the second-year quarterback’s throwing shoulder into the ground and wound up sidelining him for the following two games.“I really put it behind me,” Trubisky said. “I didn’t even consider it illegal or anything malicious of that nature.”Last week, 49ers safety Marcell Harris delivered a late hit on a sliding Trubisky, setting off a skirmish that resulted in the ejection of three players.“We’re not about being revengeful or getting back to anybody,” coach Matt Nagy said. “Nothing. None of that.”MACK ATTACKBears linebacker Khalil Mack, who was picked for his fourth Pro Bowl, reached double-digit sacks for the fourth straight year. He has 12½ sacks http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authen...her-jersey , with 4½ in the past four games. He’s tied for the NFL lead with six forced fumbles for the Bears, who have 36 takeaways for the most in the league.BETTER PROTECTIONMack and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks helped make the previous matchup, a 25-20 victory by the Bears, miserable for Minnesota’s offensive line. Cousins took only two sacks, but each of them lost 8 yards .Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray combined for only 18 rushing yards on 13 attempts. The Vikings have blocked better in the past two games, and the improvement down the stretch by rookie right tackle Brian O’Neill has been particularly visible.“We knew at some point it was going to happen,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “He’s just such a good athlete.”NO PLACE LIKE HOMEThe Vikings are 18-6 in the regular season and postseason at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Bears haven’t won in Minnesota since that final game on the 2011 schedule.“Our team feeds off the crowd and what they bring,” Cousins said. “It’s just a great place to play an NFL football game, and I can’t say enough good things about the venue, the locker room, the facility and the way our fans spur us on.”9<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:PHOTOS: Vikings at LionsAP | Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved.—CHICAGO (11-4) at MINNESOTA (8-6-1)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, FoxOPENING LINE — Vikings by 6½RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chicago 11-4, Minnesota 8-6-1SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 60-53-2LAST MEETING — Bears beat Vikings 25-20, Nov. 18LAST WEEK — Bears beat 49ers 14-9; Vikings beat Lions 27-9AP PRO32 RANKING — Bears No. 3, Vikings No. 13BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (14), PASS (20)BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (2), PASS (8)VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (30), PASS (10)VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (3) Womens Leonard Floyd Jersey , RUSH (11), PASS (3)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — This is third straight season and fifth time in eight years with Bears and Vikings matched up in Minnesota in Week 17. 116th all-time meeting between Bears and Vikings, including wild-card round playoff win by Bears in Minnesota in 1994-95 season. Strong possibility that Vikings and Bears face each other next week in wild-card round. … Bears have lost six straight games in Minnesota. … Bears are only team in NFC to hold second-half lead in every game this year. … Matt Nagy is first Bears coach with winning record in debut season since Paddy Driscoll went 9-2-1 in 1956, when George Halas took two-year hiatus. … QB Mitchell Trubisky is 63 for 89 (70.8 percent) for 755 yards (251.7 per game) with six passing TDs, one rushing TD and two interceptions for 109.5 passer rating in last three games vs. NFC North foes, all wins. Trubisky and Texans QB Deshaun Watson are only players in league this season with 95-plus passer rating and 400-plus rushing yards. … Bears have had 16 players with at least one TD, tied with Saints for most in NFL. … Chicago has held opponents to six or fewer first-half points in eight games this year. … Bears OLB Khalil Mack has 4½ sacks and forced fumble in last four games. … Vikings are 18-6 at home in regular season and playoffs since U.S. Bank Stadium opened. … Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has topped 100 total yards in consecutive games for first time in career, with 209 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards combined over last two contests. … QB Kirk Cousins, who has matched career high with 29 TD passes, needs one more to join Warren Moon (1994), Daunte Culpepper (2004) and Brett Favre (2009) as only players in team history with 4,000-plus passing yards and 30-plus TD passes in single season. … With one TD by WR Adam Thielen and six catches and one TD by Stefon Diggs, Vikings would have second set of teammates in NFL history with 100-plus receptions and 10-plus TDs in same year, joining Colts WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dallas Clark (2009). … Vikings lead NFL with 50 sacks, third most in franchise history behind 1992 (51) and 1989 (71). … Vikings have allowed fewest TD drives (25) in league for second straight season after giving up 23 in 2017. … Fantasy tip: Trubisky, who has 25 career starts, has posted three of seven lowest career passer ratings vs. Vikings. Vikings’ defense has 43 points allowed and 23 sacks in last three home games.
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