49ers vs. Bears Prediction
Can the Chicago Bears remain in the hunt for a first-round bye in the NFC when they hit the road to face the suddenly surging 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 -4.5 points against the 49ers. The over/under total is listed at 44 points. The public betting for this game currently has 70 percent going on the Bears as the road favorite.
49ers look for third straight win
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.
Bears in the playoffs
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. They have covered the spread in seven of their last eight games.
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.
NFL Betting Trends
The 49ers are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six conference games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games.
The Bears have covered the spread in six of their last seven conference games and in five of their last six against a team with a losing record.
The 49ers are coming off wins over teams with something to play for the last two weeks. Chicago is in the same boat. The Bears have something to play for, but you can see a letdown coming after they punched their playoff ticket last week. Now they have to make a trip across the country. The Bears rely on defense a lot to win these games, so I expect the offense to struggle and allow the 49ers to hang around in this game.
NFL Prediction: San Francisco 49ers +4.5