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.


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:

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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.


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

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