Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears
Date and Time: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Week 3 Preseason NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Chiefs -1, O/U 41
Chiefs vs. Bears TV Coverage: NFL Network
Reid will be one of the first to tell you that preseason outcomes are meaningless and have no bearing on what transpires once the real games begin. But don’t mess with Reid when it comes to Week 3 of the preseason. In the so called dress rehearsal games, Reid sports an impressive 11-6 record and has gone 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in Week 3 over the previous eight seasons.
During his last five years as coach in Philadelphia, Reid won every Week 3 game going 4-1 ATS in that stretch, and he is 2-1 both SU and ATS in his time with the Chiefs. On four occasions when his team prevailed in the third preseason game, Reid posted double-digit regular season victories. The only loss in that eight season span came in 2014 when the Chiefs were dealt a 30-14 loss by the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bears have distanced themselves from the Marc Trestman era and are hoping Fox can work some of his magic this year. In his second year as coach with Carolina in 2003, the Panthers went 11-5 and advanced to play in the Super Bowl. In 2007, during his second year with the Broncos, Fox led them to a 13-3 record and the AFC West title.
Matchup To Watch
Quarterback Alex Smith is a veteran of the wars and Reid knows exactly what he has. With the departure of last year’s backup Chase Daniel, the Chiefs were in the market for somebody to work behind Smith. They may have found their man in veteran Nick Foles, who was released by the Rams and immediately scooped up by the Chiefs. Foles and Reid have a history, which is one reason why Kansas City made the move so quickly. The Chiefs also weren’t overly excited with the group that consists of Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray and rookie Kevin Hogan, none of whom have attempted a pass in a regular season NFL game.
Foles was selected by the Eagles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft when Reid was still coaching in Philly. He threw for 1,700 yards and six touchdowns his rookie season but was plagued by turnovers. Reid was let go the following the season but kept close tabs on Foles. The two were reunited prior to the preseason opener and Foles has spent time adjusting to the backup role. He completed 18 of 22 attempts for 133 yards last week against the Rams and looked comfortable.
Expect the Chiefs to take some shots at the depleted Bears secondary with Smith and Foles. A little over halfway through the preseason and Chicago is already scrambling to find healthy bodies at the cornerback position. Starter Kyle Fuller had his knee scoped and is out indefinitely while his backup, Bryce Callahan, injured his hamstring last week. Jacoby Glenn sustained a concussion against the Patriots and likely won’t play.
The Bears had fourth-round pick Deiondre Hall and undrafted rookie Kevin Peterson taking snaps with the first team defense in practice this week. Starter Tracy Porter is available but was given some time off.
Chiefs vs. Bears Free Picks
The Bears have been wading through training camp and the preseason without obvious signs of making progress and the line has them at +1 for Saturday’s home tilt with the Chiefs. Chicago is thin on top-end talent and their depth has taken a hit with injuries during the preseason. And like in past seasons, there are concerns regarding the backup quarterback. There are also concerns about the starter, Jay Cutler.
This game sets up nicely for the Chiefs to pick up their first preseason win, especially considering the Bears will be without top back Jeremy Langford, who was in a walking boot following last week’s game. That presents a golden opportunity for the Chiefs to work on their run defense, which has been sporadic. Also, lack of depth in the Bears secondary will create a number of holes for Smith and Foles to throw to. The Chiefs look like the winner on the odds at Bookmaker.eu.
Chiefs vs. Bears Week 3 Preseason ATS Pick: Chiefs -1 at BookMaker.eu
Chiefs vs. Bears Score Prediction: Chiefs 23, Bears 19