With a lack of talent at receiver, don’t expect Chicago Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to put up astounding numbers on a weekly basis. But the rookie did something his predecessor couldn’t do and the club is happy with how he’s progressing. The Bears won on the road for the first time in 11 games, beating the Ravens in overtime, and they look for their first winning streak in nearly two years when they host the Carolina Panthers in Week 7.
The Bears are an opportunistic team and that was evident in their win over the Ravens. The offense played a conservative a game, not putting Trubisky into stressful situations, the defense came up with a big play while hounding the opposing quarterback and Jordan Howard was a beast in the run game. That’s how the Bears have to play to be successful. Trubisky attempted only 16 passes and completed eight for 113 yards with a touchdown as the passing game just doesn’t have much juice. For the second straight game the Bears used a gimmick play to score a touchdown when Tarik Cohen hit Zach Miller on a halfback pass.
With Howard looking like the workhorse back from last season, the Bears don’t have to throw the ball. Howard ran for a career-best 167 yards as part of the 231 total and Chicago controlled the tempo of the game. Howard saved his best for last again, ripping off a 53-yard run in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal. Howard scored an overtime touchdown a few weeks back to beat Pittsburgh.
2017 Record: 2-4
2017 ATS Record: 4-2
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 2-4
Current Super Bowl Odds: +20000
Current Odds to Win NFC: +7500
Current Odds to Win NFC North: +5000
Current NFL Odds: Bears +3
Over/Under Total: 40.5
Week 6: Bears 27, Ravens 24 (OT)
ATS Result: Bears +5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 39.5
The Bears tried to give this one away, allowing a late punt return touchdown and 2-point conversion to send it to overtime, but Howard was the hero in the extra session again. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown and hounded Joe Flacco all afternoon, intercepting a pair of passes, one that was returned 90-yards for a score by Adrian Amos, and recording three sacks. Howard’s long run set up Connor Barth for the game-winning field goal as the Bears won outright.
Week 5: Vikings 20, Bears 17
ATS Result: Bears +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Bears kept the Vikings out of the endzone after Trubisky’s pick late in the fourth quarter, which allowed them to cover. But Minnesota converted the game-winning field goal after the miscue, spoiling the debut of the No. 2 overall pick. The Trubisky era started much like the Glennon era ended with turnovers being a factor. The Vikes scored twice off the miscues, which turned out to be deadly for a team that has trouble scoring.
Week 4: Packers 35, Bears 14
ATS Result: Packers -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
Glennon’s four turnovers resulted in 21 Packers points, which was enough to cash the over. The Bears just aren’t good enough to overcome the mistakes and they never rebounded from the early deficit. The numbers looked good defensively, but the Pack was given a short field on several occasions and Aaron Rodgers picked them apart in the short passing game to give the home team an easy cover win.
Week 3: Bears 23, Steelers 17 (OT)
ATS Result: Bears +7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43.5
The Bears had the 7-point spread covered once the game went to overtime, but it probably should never have gotten there. They blocked a Steelers field goal attempt in the closing seconds of the first half and the ball was returned for what should have been a touchdown. However, Marcus Cooper had the ball poked away as he slowed down approaching the goal line. It was a good thing the run game produced over 200 yards and the defense stymied Ben Roethlisberger and Pitt’s offense.
Week 2: Buccaneers 29, Bears 7
ATS Result: Buccaneers -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
Four first-half turnovers doomed the Bears as they failed to cover the 7-point spread in yet another loss. The offense was denied a chance to score, coughing up the football on their first three possessions and muffing a punt. The result was a 26-0 halftime deficit. Chicago broke the shutout bid, scoring with less than two minutes remaining, but they played below the total for a second straight week.
Week 1: Falcons 23, Bears 17
ATS Result: Bears +6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
The Bears covered the 6.5-point spread, but they came oh so close to upsetting the NFC champs. It would have been a huge victory for John Fox and his club, who are projected to finish near the bottom of the standings. And the reason is they can’t pull out the close games. Chicago played on even terms for much of the day, but that long touchdown play proved critical. Take that off Matt Ryan’s stat sheet and he has just 233 passing yards.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
We don’t normally talk about trap games for a season opener, but this would be one if the discussion ever came up. The Falcons are a favorite to win the NFC after they demolished the competition last year and the Bears have won a total of 14 games in the past three years. Chicago looks to be vastly improved and could give Atlanta a battle. But the Bears have struggled at home during their three-year skid, going 6-18 SU and 10-14 ATS in that span.
Week 1: Bears vs. Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. ET — Fox
Week 2: Bears at Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 3: Bears vs. Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET — CBS
Week 4: Bears at Packers, Thursday, Sept. 28, 8:25 p.m. ET — CBS/NFL Network
Week 5: Bears vs. Vikings, Monday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET — ESPN
Week 6: Bears at Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. ET — Fox
Week 7: Bears vs. Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 8: Bears at Saints, Sunday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Bears vs. Packers, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 11: Bears vs. Lions, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 12: Bears at Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 13: Bears vs. 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET— CBS
Week 14: Bears at Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
Week 15: Bears at Lions, Saturday, Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m. ET — NFL Network
Week 16: Bears vs. Browns, Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET— CBS
Week 17: Bears at Vikings Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET— Fox
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