Falcons vs. Bears Total Pick

NFL Week 1 Picks: Is the Falcons vs. Bears total set too high? 9/8/17

Is the betting total for Sunday's matchup between the Falcons and Bears set too high?

Game Info

Who: Falcons (0-0) vs. Bears (0-0)

When: 1:00PM ET, Sunday, September 10

Where: Solider Field, Chicago, IL

The Odds

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Falcons are 6-point road favorites to knock off the Bears while the over/under currently sits at 48.5 points.

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Line Movement

Atlanta opened as a 6.5-point favorite before the line was bet down a half-point. The total was also bet down, hitting the board at 50.5 before dropping to 48.5.

Public Betting Information

Public bettors are all over the Falcons in this matchup, taking them at a 79% clip.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Falcons offense gets all the attention, and rightfully so, but Atlanta's defense has the ability to finish in the top 10 this season. This is one of the fastest defenses in the NFL and if first-round pick Takkarist McKinley gives the team an added edge-rusher opposite Vic Beasley, look out. Mike Glennon will struggle to move the football and while Chicago will have a difficult time getting after Matt Ryan, it could take a few weeks before new OC Steve Sarkisian gets in sync with his quarterback. I like this game to be relatively low-scoring.

 

NFL PRESEASON PREDICTION: FALCONS/BEARS UNDER 48.5

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