Chargers vs. Bears Week 8 Prediction
The Bears opened as 5-point home favorites versus the Chargers in Sunday’s matchup at Solider Field but the line is down to 3.5. Which one of these struggling teams will produce an ATS win for bettors in this Week 8 matchup?
255 Los Angeles Chargers (+3.5) at 256 Chicago Bears (-3.5); O/U 40.5
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 27, 2019
Solider Field, Chicago, IL
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Bears are receiving 53% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Spin
Coach Anthony Lynn stated that if Keenan Allen (hamstring) is active, the Chargers would limit his snaps during the game. Allen is shaping up as nothing more than a boom-or-bust WR3 after suffering a mid-week hamstring injury. He's officially questionable and a game-time decision for Sunday. His absence would likely lead to 3-WR sets consisting of Mike Williams, Geremy Davis and Andre Patton. Williams would certainly benefit from Allen's absence from a target share perspective, but it's tough to imagine Davis or Patton getting too involved as long as Austin Ekeler and Hunter Henry are also good to go.
Chicago Bears Fantasy Spin
David Montgomery rushed twice for six yards in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Saints, adding two receptions for 13 additional yards. Montgomery also lost the first fumble of his NFL career. The entire Bears offense appeared to be out of sorts for virtually the entire afternoon, failing to clear even 90 yards by halftime. Game script didn’t set up well for Montgomery in this spot, as the Bears trailed by multiple scores for most of the game. Still, seven total rush attempts as a team is fairly ridiculous. He’s better approached as an upside RB3 as long as Tarik Cohen remains so involved. Perhaps next week’s home matchup against the Chargers will be the get-right spot that Mitch Trubisky and this offense need.
NFL Betting Trends
The Chargers are 1-5-2 against the spread in their last eight games overall but are 8-2-1 against the number in their last 11 road games.
The Bears are 17-7-1 against the spread in their last 25 home games but have failed to cover in five of their last seven games overall.
I don’t like laying the hook on a struggling Bears team that has no quarterback, no running back and limited options in the passing game. The Chargers’ offensive line is causing issues for both the rushing attack and Philip Rivers but this is a team that rarely gets blown out. This should be a field goal game either way so I see value in taking the underdog.
NFL Week 8 Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers +3.5