Date/Time: September 8th, 1:00 P.M. ET
NFL Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Chicago -10 (-115)
NFL Betting Game Trends
- Indianapolis is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indianapolis’s last 5 games
- Indianapolis is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
- Indianapolis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 14 of Indianapolis’s last 19 games on the road
- Chicago is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago’s last 9 games
- Chicago is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago’s last 6 games at home
Times they are a’ changing. The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts both have new cogs that are going to be in the fold in NFL betting action this year, and all of those shiny new pieces to the puzzle are going to be on display on Sunday when the two meet in the Windy City.
The Colts knew last year that the time was clearly right to cut ties with QB Peyton Manning. Manning sat out the whole 2011 season with a neck injury, and the team was clearly one of the worst in football. Now, it is time for QB Andrew Luck to take over at the helm for this franchise, and he is going to hope to become the second incarnation of one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game. Luck has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to come in and start right away, and he really doesn’t have all that many pieces to the puzzle around him. WR Reggie Wayne is back, but most of the veteran players on the offense are gone. The ground game is still a mess, and the defense is still just a patchwork bunch, just as it really was when Manning was the man throwing the ball all over the field.
The Bears ran into all sorts of injury problems at the end of last year. RB Matt Forte was out, as was QB Jay Cutler, and the need for a major wide receiver really looked to show more than ever before. Chicago went out and got back perhaps the perfect man for the job, WR Brandon Marshall. Marshall has had his off the field issues, but when he is focused, he is one of the most talented receivers that the league has to offer. His best years were with the Denver Broncos when he was paired with Cutler, and the hope is that that reunion can help bring the boys from the Windy City back to the playoffs. Watch out for the status of LB Brian Urlacher as this game draws closer. He isn’t the same linebacker that he was years ago, but Urlacher is still one of the faces of the franchise. He didn’t take a single snap in the preseason, but he has vowed that he’ll be on the field for Week 1.
We tend to think that a teaser is in order for this game. Getting the Colts up to 17 should be enough to get the job done for sure, knowing that the Bears just don’t really have that ability to blow teams out, especially ones like Indy that could hit a backdoor easily with Luck playing in garbage time. Still, this is a rookie quarterback playing against a solid defense in his first game, and we don’t see how these two are combining to get to 50 points either. Chicago 20 – Indianapolis 13
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