Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts
Date and Time: Sunday, October 9, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Week 5 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Colts -4, O/U 47.5
Bears vs. Colts TV Coverage: FOX
You hate to say that Week 5 is providing a must-win game for any team in the league, but if the Colts drop to 1-4, they're going to be in a heck of a lot of trouble. The Texans have already beaten the Bears this season, and this is the type of game that has to be won by a team that wants to get into the postseason.
It's clear that Andrew Luck isn't the problem here, but he isn't really helping as a part of the solution either. He had a decent statistical game against the Jaguars in London, but he was buoyed by a pair of second half touchdowns, the latter of which Phillip Dorsett did most of the work for on a 64-yard catch and run.
The defense is the big problem, and we're going to talk more about this in a moment. To allow 382.8 yards and 31.2 points per game through four games is really awful for any team, particularly one that had high hopes of a Super Bowl run at the start of the season.
The Bears were always realistic about their chances this year. They aren't going anywhere aside from the top of the NFL Draft, and this season has played out accordingly. They did pick up their first win of the season last week by beating the Lions 17-14, but with Jay Cutler and Jeremy Langford out, this was the fourth straight game to kick off the new year that Chicago failed to score more than 17 points.
For as bad as the Indy defense has been, the Chicago offense is averaging just 335.0 yards and 15.5 points per game.
The Bears didn't have a heck of a lot in terms of skill players to start off with, but Cutler and Langford are both major problems. Langford is out until November with an ankle injury, and it's anyone's guess as to whether Cutler is returning from a thumb injury or whether John Fox even cares whether he's starting or Brian Hoyer is.
It's not just these two guys that are really hurting this team, though. Rookie Kevin White suffered an ankle injury last week, and though Alshon Jeffrey played against the Lions, he wasn't really apparent because of his lingering groin problem. Remember that Marquess Wilson, the man who should be the slot receiver for this team, is out for the year with a foot injury as well, while Langford's backup, Ka'Deem Carey has a hamstring issue the cost him Week 4.
And that brings us back to the Colts. Indy has allowed at least 30 points in all of its losses and 22 in its one win. Is there a way it can stop the bleeding here? If not and the Bears rack up big stats against this team, there are going to be more questions to answer.
Bears vs. Colts Free Picks
The Colts are the worst waste of talent on the face of the known earth. The sooner Jim Irsay cuts his losses and gets rid of his entire staff both on the field and in the front office, the better, and the sooner he can get back to employing people who have a shot to put together a franchise to take advantage of one of the greatest quarterback talents of our generation.
The Bears though, have been stingy under Fox, and if Hoyer is still under center as we suspect he will be, they have a shot in this game, even with all of the injuries.
Consider this bet of Chicago +4 on the NFL odds at BookMaker.eu to be more about the Colts and less about the Bears.
Bears vs. Colts Week 5 ATS Pick: Bears +4 at BookMaker.eu
Bears vs. Colts Score Prediction: Bears 23, Colts 20