When the Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, it looks like a game that could go either way on paper. While you can see a 3-8 record and a 6-5 record and think that one team has an advantage, there are reasons to believe the Bears have a chance, and that is why they are just three-point underdogs on the road.
Where do the Bears have an advantage, and where could they struggle against the Minnesota Vikings?
Reason 3 Chicago Bears will win: The Bears are getting healthy, the Minnesota Vikings are not
The Vikings banked some wins early, and even have been 2-1 in their last three games, but things are not trending in the right direction for them. We know that they have survived withotu Justin Jefferson and Kirk Cousins, but can that consistently last? More than that, they are starting to lose other pieces.
Marcus Davenport has been out for a while. In more recent weeks the Vikings have lost Jordan Hicks, Dean Lowry, and Akyleb Evans. Evans has a chance to play, but he has not practiced, and he is listed as questionable. Khyris Tonga was going to step in for Dean Lowry, but even he is questionable for this game.
The Vikings are losing players each week, while the Bears keep getting healthier. The team added Montez Sweat, they got Tremaine Edmunds back, and their secondary will be looking to start and finish a game together for the third time all season, and the third time in a row.
The same can be said with the four core pieces of the offensive line. Teven Jenkins, Nate Davis, and Braxton Jones are all healthy to join rookie Darnell Wright. Lastly, this will be the second game that Justin Fields is healthy.
One team keeps getting players back, one keeps losing them. At some point the Vikings will finish how the Bears started, and we may see a healthier Bears team finish strong.