Falcons vs. Bears Prediction
Will the Falcons overwhelm the Bears on Sunday in Chicago or will John Fox's team surprise and keep the game close?
Who: Falcons (0-0) vs. Bears (0-0)
When: 1:00PM ET, Sunday, September 10
Where: Solider Field, Chicago, IL
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.
Chicago hit the board as a 6.5-point home underdog but the line was bet down a half-point to 6. As for the total, the number opened at 50.5 but has been bet down a full two points to 48.5.
Public Betting Information
Atlanta, unsurprisingly, is one of bettors' favorite plays in Week 1. As of this writing, 82% of tickets are on the Falcons -6.
OUR PREDICTION: I don't think this is going to be the blowout that everyone is expecting. The Falcons have struggled mightily against the Bears in recent meetings (2-6 against the spread in their last eight games versus Chicago) and are breaking in two new coordinators. At some point the talent that Atlanta possesses will overwhelm opponents on a weekly basis and I do expect the Falcons to win this afternoon. But Matt Ryan and Kyle Shanahan struggled in their first year before exploding in their second season together. It might take a few weeks for Ryan and Steve Sarkisian to get on the same page and the Bears did upgrade their defense this offseason. For what it's worth, the Falcons lost their opener last season and that was at home. I'd take the six points with the home dog.
NFL WEEK 1 PICK: CHICAGO BEARS +6