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Bettor’s Edge: Vikings-Bears took the fun out of winning

Blair Walsh made this overtime field goal, but his first attempt in the extra session didn’t make it through the posts.

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Blair Walsh made this overtime field goal, but his first attempt in the extra session didn’t make it through the posts.

I’ve never heard of a winning bet prompting a gambler to retire, but for those of us who won with Minnesota Sunday in the Vikings-Bears matchup, this may be the game — even after a win — that forces some of us to consider a new endeavor.

For those who had the Bears, all I can say is, I’ve been there. Chicago led, 20-10, in Minnesota halfway through the fourth quarter, and Minnesota — a 1-point favorite — appeared doomed. But a frantic Vikings comeback tied the score and forced overtime.

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In OT, Minnesota drove just outside the Chicago 20, and Vikings kicker Blair Walsh hit what appeared to be the winning field goal. But a personal foul pushed Minnesota into a 57-yard attempt, which was missed. Chicago then had a chance at its own winning field goal, but also missed. A few minutes later, after some nice Adrian Peterson runs, Minnesota had yet another chance — and Walsh converted a 34-yard field goal.

I’ve been on the wrong end of plenty of these tightrope finishes, and I’m not going to quit after a win. But after sitting through this Minnesota cover, I wouldn’t blame anyone who did.

Elsewhere on the board:

Another brutal beat occurred in Philadelphia. Laying 3½, the Eagles were ahead by 3 and likely were about to line up for a field goal attempt — and an attempt at a cover — against Arizona with just more than a minute remaining. A penalty on the Cardinals gave the Eagles a first down, though, and afforded the Eagles the opportunity to take a knee and let the clock run out.

New England is 1-5 against the spread on the road.

All three games on Thanksgiving went over the posted total.

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Minnesota has covered four of five.

After failing to cover in seven of its first eight, Jacksonville has covered three of four.

Inside the numbers:

Favorites: 9-6

Overs: 7; Unders: 8

Home underdogs: 1-4

Ed Ryan can be reached at ed_ryan@globe.com.

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