LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The Bears and Vikings have both sustained some big losses to the roster. Which team has enough left for a win in the season finale?
Playoff hopes for the Chicago Bears went up in smoke a few weeks ago. Really, losing Jay Cutler and then Matt Forte doomed them. The Minnesota Vikings never really entertained playoff hopes this season. With all that meaninglessness surrounding one game with two teams devastated by injuries, what can fans and bettors expect?
This game has one of the narrowest lines of the week. Chicago opened the week as one-point favorites. Since then, the line has moved. Some odds makers now favor the Vikings by one point, while others have an even line on the game. The Bears are 6-8-1 against the spread. The Vikings have a 6-7-2 mark versus the spread.
With both Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte on the shelf, the over/under is just 41 points, which is up from an opening mark of 39. Most are taking the over on the game, and special teams and defense could factor heavily into the final score.