Sunday Night NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, 12/22/13, 8:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Philadelphia -4
Current Betting Line: Philadelphia -3
Opening Total: 54.5
Current Total: 55.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Chicago has won and covered the number in back-to-back games, including a 38-31 victory over the Cleveland Browns as one-point road underdogs in Week 15, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests. Bears signal-caller Jay Cutler returned to action last week, while he’s completed 56 of 96 passes for 626 yards with seven touchdowns and a single interception in three career starts versus the Eagles. Chicago is 1-3 SUATS as road underdogs of three or fewer points this season, with the OVER going 3-1 in that situation.
The Bears will win the NFC North division crown with a win Sunday if second-place Green Bay loses to Pittsburgh and Detroit drops a contest against the New York Giants, which is important to consider when looking over the NFL betting lines. Cutler has a chance to put up massive numbers due to Minnesota throwing for 382 yards last week against Philadelphia. Offensively, the team is averaging an NFC-high 29.0 points with Cutler throwing to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, while also having the option of handing the ball off to running back Matt Forte.
Philadelphia will return to primetime for the first time since Week 3, as it returns to Lincoln Financial Field after having its five-game winning streak snapped in dropping a 48-30 decision to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. The Eagles have won six of the last 10 meetings in this series, which can’t be ignored when making your NFL betting predictions. Offensively, running back LeSean McCoy needs to be the centerpiece to any game plan, considering he’s ran for 1,343 yards on the season. Philadelphia is 5-3 SU and 3-4-1 ATS as home favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.
The Eagles can become just the fourth team in NFL history to record 12 games of 400-plus yards of offense in a single season—joining the 2007 New England Patriots, 2011 New Orleans Saints and this year’s Denver Broncos. Philadelphia has also improved in a big way defensively, as it allowed 27.5 points per game through its first four contests, but just 19.9 over the last 10 affairs.
Sports bettors will likely play the Eagles, as the Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games versus teams with a winning record.
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