The Chicago Bears (11-4) do not have much to play for on Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1) as 4.5-point road underdogs on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in the regular-season finale for both teams. At least not as much as the Vikings, who likely need to win in order to get into the playoffs, where they could very well face the Bears again in the Wild Card round of the postseason next weekend.
Minnesota is fighting the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) for the final playoff berth in the NFC. Chicago can still earn the No. 2 seed in the conference with a win and a loss by the Los Angeles Rams (12-3), although that seems unlikely as 10-point home favorites hosting the San Francisco 49ers (4-11). Philadelphia visits the Washington Redskins as a seven-point road favorite in an NFC East matchup.
As far as trends go, the Bears have lost their last six visits to the Vikings by an average of 12.7 points, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The Eagles have won four of their last five divisional road games, but the visitor is 3-7 straight up in their past 10 meetings with the Redskins. The 49ers have covered five of six versus the Rams.
In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) can win the AFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory against the Oakland Raiders (4-11). The Chiefs are listed as consensus 14-point home favorites hosting the Raiders, who are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five trips to Arrowhead Stadium.
The Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) have an outside shot at the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the conference if Kansas City loses and they beat the Denver Broncos (6-9) as 6.5-point road favorites. But the Chargers have lost five in a row at Mile High by an average of 7.8 points, and they are 3-10 SU in their last 13 divisional road games.
The Baltimore Ravens (9-6) can win the AFC North with a victory over the Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) as six-point home favorites at betting sites. Or the Ravens could be out of the postseason altogether if they lose and the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1) defeat the Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) as 14.5-point home favorites.
And finally, the Tennessee Titans (9-6) face the Indianapolis Colts (9-6) on Sunday Night Football with an AFC playoff berth on the line. The Colts are three-point road favorites visiting the Titans, and the winner of that game can also take home the AFC South title with a victory and a loss by the Houston Texans (10-5) to the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10). The Texans are hosting the Jaguars as 6.5-point home favorites.