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The Wildcat returns for his 25th season in the Bettor’s Guide. Cat’s record in print stands at 652-561 (53.8 percent) against the spread.

San Francisco 49ers (-4) over CHICAGO BEARS

San Francisco has endured a testy time, coping with much of what the Colts threw at them in Cali last weekend. Compared to that experience, this is manageable. QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s midrange air forays should find themselves nestling into the proper hands, while Bears QB Justin Fields looks to cope behind an overmatched offensive line.

Chicago is a couple of stellar drafts away from borderline NFC contention. Niners grind down this foe with their passing game.

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (+2.5) over Dallas Cowboys

Stout challenge for Minnesota and veteran QB Kirk Cousins against what is certainly a better-than-average Dallas squad, but Cousins is in sharp form. What’s more, key Vikings RB Dalvin Cook appears ready to return from earlier injury issues and promises to be a key factor after his freshening. Minnesota’s stars are in alignment. Vikings should get best of this, while maintaining prominent NFC positioning.

Last week: 1-1. Patriots (W). Bears (L).
2021 season: 8-5-1.



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