Bears vs. Cardinals Prediction
Can the Chicago Bears go on the road and cover a touchdown spread when they take on the Arizona Cardinals today at 4:25PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, September 23, 2018
4:25PM ET – University of Phoenix Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bears are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -6 points against the Cardinals. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 38.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 74 percent going on Chicago on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NFL Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cardinals a mess
The Cardinals are off to a 0-2 start with losses to the Rams and Redskins. They have been outscored by a total of 58-6 in the two games, failing to cover the spread in each game while hitting the under in both. Arizona has not covered in its last three games, including the preaseason.
The Cards have been a mess on offense, averaging just 182.5 yards per game thus far and only 61 rushing yards per game. Sam Bradford has thrown for 247 yards with two interceptions while David Johnson has just 85 rushing yards on 22 carries after missing nearly all of 2017 with an injury. Defensively, Arizona is giving up 440.5 yards per game right now, including over 300 passing yards per game.
Bears strong defensively
The Chicago Bears are coming off a 24-17 win on Monday night at home against Seattle thanks to a persistent defensive pass rush. The Bears are 1-1 on the year, 2-0 against the spread and 1-1 with the over/under thus far. Chicago has covered in four of its last five games.
While giving up 355 yards per game thus far, the Bears have been very disruptive on defense. The trade for Khalil Mack is already proving to be fruitful for Chicago, as he has eight tackles, two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. As a unit, the Bears already have 10 sacks and four forced turnovers. Offensively, Chicago is putting up 23.5 points and 298 yards per game. Mitchell Trubisky is playing like a game manager right now, throwing for 371 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has 56 rushing yards.
NFL Betting Trends
The Cardinals have failed to cover the spread in their last six games in September and they are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 against NFC opponents.
The Bears are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, but 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in September.
The Cardinals haven’t been able to move the ball at all and I think those struggles will continue against the Bears and their pass rush. I am concerned about the Bears offense on the road, but I don’t think they will need many points to cover this spread. Chicago’s defense should create some short fields and allow the offense to score enough to cover.
NFL Prediction: Chicago Bears -6