Bears vs. Cardinals Free Pick

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GLENDALE, AZ (The Spread) – The Bears need a win over the Cardinals to keep their playoff hopes alive, but can they find enough offense to do so on Sunday?

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NFL Odds: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bears are the favorite on the road, as they have odds of -5 points against the Cardinals. The over/under total has been set at 36.5 points. Chicago is 8-6 on the season, 3-3 on the road and 6-8 against the spread. Arizona is 5-9 overall, 4-3 at home and 6-7-1 against the spread.

Line Movement: Opening odds had the Bears favored by 5 points as well. The spread didn’t change much, bumping up to 5.5 during the week before closing back at Chicago -5. The over/under total opened at 36.5 points and hasn’t changed since.

Public Betting: Of the wagers currently placed on this game, 73% of NFL public bettors currently favor the Bears with odds of -5 points against the Cardinals. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date NFL public betting numbers.

NFL Week 16 Free Pick: Take the Under. According to latest NFL trends, the Cardinals have hit the under in 8 of their last 11 games following a win and the Bears have hit the under in 5 of their last 6 games following a loss. This game should see both defenses dominate. Arizona posted 38 points last week, but did it with under 200 yards of offense thanks to a slew of turnovers. Don’t look for that to happen again this week. Arizona will struggle to move the ball, even on a banged-up Bears’ defense. Chicago has had trouble on offense as well, especially protecting Jay Cutler. The Cardinals aren’t a bad defense to begin with, and they have played well at home and are facing an average offense. Look for the points to be few and far between.

2012 NFL WEEK 16 FREE PICK: CHICACO/ARIZONA UNDER 36.5

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