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NFL Week 12 ‘Monday Night Football’ game picks and open thread

Week 11 of the 2023 NFL season wraps up with Monday Night Football featuring an NFC North showdown between the Chicago Bears (3-8) and Minnesota Vikings (6-5). Read on for our picks and predictions.

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season is almost behind us, with just tonight’s showdown between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football to go. This week featured a few great games, like the Philadelphia Eagles overtime win over the Buffalo Bills, a nailbiter between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, and our Atlanta Falcons defeated the hated New Orleans Saints to take control of the NFC South race.

Let’s get right to tonight’s pick, which I’ll be making on a straight moneyline (aka picking the winner) basis. I’ll still provide the information on the spread and over/under, for those interested. At the bottom, I’ll show the rest of the staff’s picks for the game.

All odds are taken from DraftKings Sportsbook and are subject to change. See the current odds here.

Monday Night Football: Chicago Bears (3-8) at Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

The pick: Vikings (-162)

Spread: Vikings -3 | Over/Under: 43.5 | Moneyline: Vikings -162, Bears +136

This game has picked up quite a bit of intrigue of late, with Justin Fields returning to the lineup for the Bears and Josh Dobbs bringing some life to the Vikings in Kirk Cousins’ absence. While Chicago is playing for pride, Minnesota is currently in the driver’s seat in a very competitive NFC Wild Card race. The Bears aren’t as bad as their record suggests, but I like the Vikings chances in this one—particularly at home.

Staff picks

What are your picks and predictions for tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup?

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.