Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills
Sunday, 11/7/2010, 1:00 PM EST, TV: FOX
Opening Point Spread: Chicago -3
Current Betting Line: Chicago -3
Opening Total: 41
Current Total: 41.5
Current Moneyline: Chicago -155 / Buffalo +135
Chicago may be 4-3 on the season and nobody is happy about it considering the club started the season with a perfect 3-0 mark. “It’s pretty obvious that we need to establish the run a little more to help out the passing game and cut down on turnovers and hold onto the ball,” said running back Matt Forte. The Bears offense ranks 26th in rushing at 88.6 yards per game and has attempted 215 passes compared to just 156 rushes. Chicago turned the ball over a season-high six times in a 17-14 loss to Washington and are now coming off a bye week. The squad is 1-4 all-time against the Bills in Buffalo, but luckily this game is being played at Toronto’s Rogers Center. Head coach Lovie Smith has led his team to a 2-8 ATS mark in November the last two years and his team is a slight three-point favorite according to the NFL lines page.
The Bears need to focus on gaining a win in this contest due to five of their next eight games coming against teams with winning records. “They’re not what their record is,” defensive tackle Tommie Harris stated. “They’re a good team. They’re a dangerous team.” Chicago’s offensive line has been under incredible scrutiny all season long and has allowed opposing defenses to sack quarterback Jay Cutler 19 times in the past three games and a league-leading 27 times on the season. “There are so many things that all of us would like to do differently,” said Smith.
Buffalo is a dismal 0-7 on the year and many players are starting to lose patience in trying to capture a first victory. “It’s horrible to think we’re the only winless team in the NFL,” said linebacker Paul Posluszny. “But each week, man, we’re getting a step closer.” Part of the problem this season is the team ranking last in the NFL against the run, surrendering an astounding 188.7 yards. That marked worsened significantly in giving up a season-worst 274 yards versus the Chiefs in a 13-10 overtime loss last week. Four of their last five opponents have gone over the 200-yard mark. Buffalo is 18-20 ATS over the lat three years.
The Bills are hoping the 15 years of experience that first-year head coach Chan Gailey brings to the table will turn around the season. “There’s no speech to give,” said Gailey. “There’s nothing I can do, really. I can’t go in there and smooth-talk them.” Offensively, the team is starting to make waves with signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for a career-best 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He has been helped by a rushing game that includes Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both averaging 4.0 yards per carry.
Bettors will find that the Bears are just 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games, while the Bills are a less-than-stellar 3-8-1 ATS in November.
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