670 Staff Predictions: Bears-Vikings

Chicago hosts Minnesota at 3:25 p.m. Sunday.

670 The Score Staff
September 26, 2019 - 5:49 pm
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(670 The Score) The Bears (2-1) host the Vikings (2-1) in a key NFC North game at Soldier Field at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.

Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m., and the game can be heard on air on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM. You can also listen on desktop computers here.

670 The Score will have pregame coverage with Hub Arkush, Patrick Mannelly and Olin Kreutz starting at noon, which you can listen to here.

We've had plenty of Bears-Vikings preview coverage, all of which you can find here.

Here are our game predictions from our on-air personalities, producers, writers and more. Tony Gill continues to lead the way at 3-0, while plenty of others sit at 2-1.

Chris Emma (2-1): Bears 13, Vikings 10

The Bears once again boast one of the top run defenses in football, while the Vikings have the league’s top rusher in Dalvin Cook. Something has to give in this NFC North clash. Chicago will win a tight defensive battle.

Chris Tannehill (1-2): Bears 13, Vikings 6

It’s the Who Will Turn The Ball Over The Most Bowl I. In the first of two matchups this season, the Bears have the advantage of being at home, but that’s about it.

Connor McKnight (2-1): Vikings 16, Bears 10

The Vikings defense is really good and — as top-notch as the Bears defense has been — Mike Zimmer’s control-the-ball strategy means any Mitchell Trubisky turnover will be extraordinarily costly ... and there will be Bears turnovers.

Dan McNeil (1-2): Bears 15, Vikings 12

It a good old-fashioned Black and Blue Division slobberknocker. The T formation prevails over the Purple People Eaters.

David Haugh (2-1): Bears 24, Vikings 23

This is a grind-it-out-game between two even teams, but the Bears maintain a slight edge at home.

Danny Parkins (2-1): Bears 20, Vikings 17

For the Bears, it’s as close to a must-win game that Week 4 can be. That’s because it’s hard to imagine the Bears winning the NFC North with losses to the Packers and Vikings at home. I believe Chicago’s dream stays alive — barely — with a close victory.

Herb Lawrence (1-2): Bears 21, Vikings 20

I have to say that I was wrong last week in predicting that Washington would beat the Bears. Good job to the rest of my colleagues for picking correctly. This week presents a daunting challenge as the Vikings are a tough team with a flawed quarterback. I believe these teams are evenly matched, but I predict the Bears will win because the game is on the lakefront. 

Jay Zawaski (2-1): Vikings 17, Bears 13

I believe the Bears have a decent chance of winning this game, but they also have some important players banged up, namely Akiem Hicks and Eddy Pineiro. The Bears will slow down Cook, but I don’t see Trubisky having much success through the air. I expect the Bears to get behind early, and my fear is Matt Nagy abandons the running game.

Joe Ostrowski (1-2): Vikings 24, Bears 13

Both teams lost to the Packers, have nasty defenses and suspect quarterback play. Their four wins have come against foes with a combined 2-10 record. We’ll learn a lot Sunday.

Julie DiCaro (2-1): Bears 24, Vikings 17

The Bears defense got the ball rolling with takeaways in Washington, and despite Mitchell Trubisky’s wobbles, Minnesota’s defense is underwhelming.

Nick Shepkowski (2-1): Vikings 20, Bears 16

Monday was a nice step for the Bears, but a short week coupled with facing a real defense dooms the offense in a loss this Sunday.

Rick Camp (2-1): Vikings 20, Bears 17

This will pretty close to a Spider-Man meme game. The Vikings are 14th and the Bears are 16th in DVOA, and they both need this game as tough games await later. These are teams whose level of success will largely be determined by how many plays their quarterbacks make, as they each feel like they have almost everything else figured out.

Shane Riordan (2-1): Bears 28, Vikings 25

Here’s the thing about Minnesota as a state. Hear me out. Prince sucked, and Purple Rain is actually a very bad movie. Objectively. He was a terrible actor. If Morris Day wasn’t as good as he was, Rotten Tomatoes would've been hurling its vibrant, red fruit at the screen like Trubisky does to Taylor Gabriel in the flats: all over the place and with no accuracy whatsoever. So, to wrap it up ... Prince: bad. Purple Rain: worse. Giant bucket of cookies at the Minnesota State Fair: satisfying.

Tony Gill (3-0): Vikings 17, Bears 13

I feel like Kirk Cousins and Trubisky are like the Spider-Man meme in which they’re pointing at each other. But Cousins has been doing this longer and I trust his averageness more than Trubisky’s averageness.