Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) vs Chicago Bears (1-2)Date : 08/26/2018
Time : 1:00 pm EST
Location : Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas City Chiefs vs Chicago Bears
The Kansas City chiefs will travel to Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, to take on the Chicago Bears on Saturday at 1 pm EST in week 3 NFL preseason action. The Bears are coming off a 24-23 win versus the Denver Broncos at Mile High on 8-18-2018 to where they would cover the spread as underdogs (+3) while the over was the play with the total being set at 43.5 for the game. The Chiefs are coming off a huge 28-14 road win over the Atlanta Falcons on 8-17-2018 to where they would cash in on the spread (-2) while the under was the result with the total of 42.5 not being surpassed. This matchup will be exciting in that you have two teams that have played average during the preseason, yet, the Chiefs possess a potentially strong defense that has allowed 280-yard average per game (8th) while they are allowing 16 points per game thus far, good for 6th in the league. They will be matched up against a Bears offense that has averaged 343 yards per game (10th) while putting up 22.3 ppg (10th). Both the Chiefs offense along with the Bears D come into this game ranked 15th in yards allowed along with yardage per game statistics. In all, we will witness 2 evenly matched teams that will be battling for their 2nd preseason win on Saturday afternoon.
Kansas City Chiefs's Latest Performance :
The Chiefs would allow 14 points in the first half to the Falcons, yet, they would not score again as KC would score 18 points in the 2nd half to get the 28-14 road win on 8-17-2018. The would collet 21 first downs for the game while the offense would gain 76 yards rushing along with 271 yards in the air while going 0-1 in the red zone for the night. Patrick Mahomes would go 8/12 for 138 yards, TD, INT while Chad Henne would also get some reps and going 8/10 for 85 yards and a TD. Matt McGloin would go 9/10 for 58 yards in the win. Kerwynn Williams would lead the rushing attack with 8 rushes for 23 yards while Tyreek Hill and Gehrig Dieter would catch a combined 6 receptions for 123 yards along with a TD apiece. Kerwynn Williams would also have 4 catches for 47 yards in the win.
The D would allow 17 first down for the Falcons while surrendering 83 rushing yards along with 205 passing yards overall. Atlanta would go 2-3 in the red zone in this matchup. Ben Neimann would get an interception in this matchup while Derrick Nnadi would obtain a sack in this game. David Amerson would lead the team in tackles with 4 for the night while Ukeme Eligme, Tremon Smith, and Derrick Nnadi having 3 tackles each in the victory.
Chicago Bears's Latest Performance :
The Bears would rack up 23 first downs against the Broncos in their 24-23 win on 8-18-2018 while combining for 55 rush yards along with 273 total passing yards. They would also convert 75% of their red zone attempts for this game (3-4). Chase Daniel would have a decent game as he was 19/28 for 189 yards along with 2 TD’s while Mitch Trubisky would also go 9/14 for 90 yards, a TD, INT in the win. Daniel would throw the winning 12-yard strike to Ben Braunecker to put the Bears up for good late in the 4th. Jordan Howard would pace the rushing attack with 9 rushes for 32 yards while Bennie Fowler III would have 2 catches for 46 yards and with Trey Burton and Anthony Miller combining for 7 receptions for 78 yards with Burton catching a TD. Taquan Mizell would have 7 catches for 49 yards and a TD in the win as well.
The defense would give up 21 first downs to the Broncos while allowing them 104 yards rushing and 192 via the air in this contest. The Broncos were 2-4 from within the red zone. Roy-Robertson Harris would step up for the D in claiming 1.5 sacks while Kasim Edebali and Bilal Nichols would each have a sack also. Michael Joseph and John Timo would have 5 tackles each in the loss for the Bears to lead the unit.
How Kansas City Chiefs & Chicago Bears Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Bears are looking to for great showing in front of their faithful fans in this contest. The problem is that the Chiefs are coming to town and are playing very well while leaving much to be desired, particularly, on defense. The Bears will certainly keep this as close as possible for as long as possible, however, I feel that KC will be focused on applying pressure early on a young Chicago offense to get some turnovers. With that being said, I will ride the Chiefs and the plus money to show and prove yet again that they are for real.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Kansas City Chiefs +2
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Chiefs in this matchup in that they have played well thus far in the preseason. And while the Bears have weathered the storm in their 3 preseason matchups, I happen to feel as if the defense of the Chiefs are serious and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with this season. The Bears offense is young and continues to develop both on offense and defense, however, even the young talent for the Chiefs are stepping up at this point which can certainly make the coaches happy. In all, take the Chiefs to have another great showing against a Bears team that has been up and down thus far in the preseason.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 48
My reason for the prediction :
Due to the Chiefs stepping it up on defense along with the Bears defense continuing to stay active, I will take the under in this matchup. While the Chiefs offense has not been as consistent as one would like, the defense has been opportunistic and are known to put the team in great scoring opportunities simply by playing aggressively on D in which to get timely and costly turnovers. I expect the Chiefs to have those opportunities in this game as well while the offense will look to increase their 3rd down conversion percentage. Nonetheless, the score will not surpass the 48-point mark.
Betting trends for Kansas City Chiefs:
- The Under is 5-1 in Chiefs last 6 games on grass
- The Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass
- The Chiefs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
Betting trends for Chicago Bears:
- The Under is 6-0 in Bears last 6 games overall
- The Under is 6-2 in Bears last 8 home games
- The Bears are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass