Buffalo Bills (1-2) vs Chicago Bears (2-2)Date : 08/30/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Buffalo Bills vs Chicago Bears
The Buffalo Bills will visit Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, to take on the Chicago Bears in a week 4 NFL preseason showdown on 8-30-2018 beginning at 8 pm EST. The Bills hope to have a much better showing than in their last outing where they would pick up the 26-16 home loss to the Bengals on 8-23-2018. They Bengals would cash in on the spread in this game (-1.5) while the over was the play with the total being set at 41.5 points for the game. The Bears also would like to atone for their 48-23 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on 8-20-2018 to where the Cards would cash in on the spread as underdogs (+2) while the over was the play with the total being set at 45.5 points. The last time these two teams would square off would be on 9-7-2014 when the Bills would pick up the 23-20 road win as they would cover as road underdogs (+7) while the under was the play with total points set at 47 for the game.
Buffalo Bills's Latest Performance :
The Bills defense, on the other hand, would allow 22 first downs to the Bengals in their last outing while allowing also 68 yards on the ground and 367 yards through the air. Rafael Bush would get a pick in this game while Jordan Poyer would lead the defense in tackles with 6 total. Matt Milano (5) along with Tra’Davis Vallejo (4) would also step up their aggressiveness in the loss. Furthermore, the Bengals would keep the ball for 31:02 minutes while going only 1 for 3 from within the red zone.
The Bills would pick up 19 first downs for the game with 143 yards rushing along with 186 passing for the night. Nate Peterman would go 16 for 21 for 200 yards and a TD while Josh Allen would go 6 for 12 for 35 yards. Marcus Murphy would rush for 58 yards on 11 carries while Keith Ford would have 5 rushes for 32 yards. Chris Ivory would also rack up 31 yards on 3 carries for the Bills in defeat. Logan Thomas would have 4 catches for 55 yards while Kelvin Benjamin and Jason Croom would combine for 4 catches for 77 yards. The bills would hold the ball for 28:58 minutes while going 2 for 3 within the red zone.
Chicago Bears's Latest Performance :
The Bears’ offense was horrible in their last outing against the Cardinals as they would pick up 18 first downs with 109 rushing yards compared with 226 passing yards for the contest. They would also hold the football for 29:56 minutes while going 1 for 2 inside the red zone. Jimmie Clausen would go 14 of 23 for 121 yards and a pick while Jay Cutler would end with 120 yards on 8 of 9 passing with a TD and an INT on the night. Matt forte would pace the rushing attack with 15 rushes for 61 yards, total, while Jeremy Langford would rush 6 times for 21 yards in the win. Josh Bellamy would have 1 catch for 48 yards and a TD while Michael Bennett (4 catches, 48 yards) and Eddie Royal (7 catches for 41 yards) would also step up for the receiving corps in the loss.
The Defense would give up 21 first downs to Arizona while also allowing 115 yards rushing and 185 passing yards. They would be allowed to hold the ball for 30:04 minutes while going perfect inside the red zone for the night (4-4). Shea McClellan would lead the Bears D in tackles with 4, total, while Adrian Amos (3) and Sherrick McManis (2) would also step up for the defense in a losing effort.
How Buffalo Bills & Chicago Bears Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be full of intensity as you will have two teams that have not exactly shined during the preseason, yet, gearing up to get a win in the finale of the preseason for both. The Bears really need to become more consistent on both sides of the ball as they have simply not been able o get anything meaningful going either way. The Cardinals have scored some points lately, however, they are also giving up too many first downs which can keep teams on the field. In all, they will certainly be working to attempt to limit the effectiveness and accuracy of the opposing offense in this game, and it will be interesting to see which team will excel the most.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Chicago Bears -3
My reason for the pick :
Neither of these teams would get it done in their last outing, which means one can expect a healthy amount of focus and intensity in this matchup as each team would not only want to make up for terrible losses, but, to also end the preseason on a positive and winning note. I will back the Bears in this contest as I do not have much confidence in this Bills offense at the time. Of course, Chicago’s offense has not been very stellar either up until this point, however, at least they are putting points on the board. Expect there to be some points in this game against the Bears, who are not in tuned defensively at the moment, against a Bills defense that have given up 71 points thus far in the preseason.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 37
My reason for the prediction :
Again, with both teams having leaky defenses, the strongest play in this contest will be the over as I am sure that both offenses will indeed find some holds within each defense that they could possibly exploit early on. With that being said, starters, particularly, on the defensive side of the ball, should receive some added time on the field in which to correct their ongoing and bone-headed mistakes in this contest on Thursday.
Betting trends for Buffalo Bills:
- Under is 5-1 in Bills last 6 games on grass
- Bills are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass
- Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Betting trends for Chicago Bears:
- Under is 6-0 in Bears last 6 games overall
- Bears are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games
- Bears are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.