Bears vs. 49ers Total Prediction
With a playoff spot locked up, will the Chicago Bears still keep their foot on the gas this Sunday when they go on the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers at 4:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
125 Chicago Bears at 126 San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, December 23, 2018
4:05PM ET – Levi’s Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bears are favored on the road in this one, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the 49ers. The over/under total is listed at 43 points. The public betting for this game currently has 77 percent going on the Bears as the road favorite.
Bears win NFC North
The Chicago Bears locked up the NFC North division title last week with a 24-17 win over the Packers at home. The Bears are 1-game behind the Rams for the second seed in the NFC right now. Chicago is 10-4 on the season, 3-3 on the road, 10-4 against the spread and 8-6 with the over.
The Bears have been led by defense this season. Chicago is giving up just 18.9 points and 310.9 yards per game. The unit has 45 sacks and 26 interceptions this season. Khalil Mack has 12.5 sacks to lead the defense while Kyle Fuller has seven interceptions. On offense, Chicago puts up 27.4 points per game despite averaging just 346.1 yards per contest. Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for 2,814 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 402 yards and three scores. Running back Tarik Cohen is the leading receiver with 710 yards and five scores while rushing for 408 yards.
49ers hot at the wrong time
The San Francisco 49ers have managed to win back-to-back games at home against playoff contenders despite being long out of the playoff picture. They are now 4-10 on the season, 4-3 at home, 5-9 against the spread and 8-6 with the over.
The 49ers are pretty respectable on offense, averaging 21.5 points and 364.2 yards per game. Quarterback Nick Mullens has thrown or 1,754 yards and 10 touchdowns with six interceptions while George Kittle has 72 catches for 1,154 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Breida is the leading rusher with 794 yards and three scores. Defensively, the 49ers are giving up 26.6 points and 346 yards per game. They have just two interceptions on the season.
NFL Betting Trends
The Bears have hit the under in seven of their last eight games in December and have hit the over in six of their last eight games following a win.
The 49ers have hit the over in six of their last seven against a team with a winning record and in six straight following a win.
The Bears still have a lot to play for and their defense has been pretty locked in over recent weeks. They have held three of their last four opponents to 17 points or less. The Chicago offense isn’t terribly impressive, as defensive play has inflated their scoring average. I think the offense will struggle on the road against the suddenly confident 49ers. Chicago is likely to rely on its defense again, which should lead to another low-scoring contest.
NFL Prediction: Bears/49ers Under 43