Chicago Bears (0-1) vs Arizona Cardinals (0-2)Date : 09/23/2018
Time : 4:25 pm EST
Location : University of Phoenix Stadium, in Phoenix, Arizona
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Chicago Bears vs Arizona Cardinals
The Chicago Bears will take to the road to face the reeling Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Phoenix, Arizona, for a week three NFL NFC showdown beginning at 4:25 pm EST. The Bears would suffer a 24-23-week one road loss to the Green Bay Packers yet would cover the spread as 6.5-point underdogs while the over was the play with the total being set at 45 points for the game. The Cardinals would get blown away on the road, thanks to the Los Angeles Rams, by a 34-0 score as they would fail to cash in on the spread as 13.5 road underdogs while the total of 43.5 points was not surpassed. The over has been the play in the last four meetings versus these two squads while the Cardinals would get the 48-23 road win on September 20. 2015, as they would cash in on the spread as two-point road favorites while the over was the play with the total being set at 45.4 points for the game.
Chicago Bears's Latest Performance :
The Bears would jump out to a 20-3 lead on the Green Bay Packers before Aaron Rodgers would take control of the game in throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, with the last being a 75 yarder to Randall Cobb to take the lead along with come out with the 24-23 lead and the win. Mitch Trubisky would throw for 171 yards total while also rushing for 32 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Jordan Howard would rack up 82 yards on the ground to lead the rushing attack while Allen Robinson Jr would lead the receiving corps with 61 yards on four receptions. The strength of the Bears offensive attack is in their rushing game with Howard as they are putting up 139 yards per outing. With that being the case, they will certainly look to find some creases versus an Arizona team ranked 27th in the league in giving up 136 yards per game to their opponents. On the other hand, they will also likely find success in the air as the Cards are also allowing 295 yards per game in the air. In all, look for the Bears offense, which ranks 28th in total offense with 294 yards per game, to have success versus Arizona which allows a total of 431 yards to their opponents weekly.
Arizona Cardinals's Latest Performance :
The Cardinals would not show up at all versus the Rams last week as they would be blown out by a 34-0 score at LA Memorial coliseum as Jared Goff would scorch their defensive secondary for 342 yards in the win. On the other hand, Sam Bradford would only throw for 90 yards total with an interception while David Johnson would have 48 yards on 13 carries. Larry Fitzgerald would collect only 28 yards on three catches for Arizona in the loss. The Cardinals rank dead last in each offensive category thus far in 2018, yet, will look to somehow get something going at home versus the Chicago Bears D that is allowing only 69 yards on the ground, good for third in the NFL. However, the Bears are much softer in the defensive secondary as Bradford and Fitzgerald could possibly exploit their 28th ranked passing defense. Also, with the Cardinals averaging only three points per game, they will look to make something great happen versus a Bears defense that is allowing 24 points per game, overall. Of course, they can seemingly do no worse that they have in their last two outings, yet, the Cardinals really need to play tougher in the trenches in which to allow their running game to be established a bit more. In all, this could certainly be a great week in which to allow that to happen.
How Chicago Bears & Arizona Cardinals Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Chicago is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
Arizona is 0-2 ATS while the O/U is 0-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
There is not much that can be said about the Cardinals at this point. They have done little to nothing on offense while their defense has been nonexistent versus their opponents thus far. In all, this can essentially be a better game for both teams, however, as it relates to the Cardinals, they certainly need better play from Bradford as they possess a great receiver in Fitzgerald that they rarely are able to use as he has not had the proper time and protection to do so. In all, this will certainly be a pivotal game for both teams as they each need to build some positive momentum after deflating losses.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Chicago Bears -4
My reason for the pick :
As much as I would like to pick the Cardinals to win this game, there is simply not enough to go off in which to think that they will perform any better in week three versus the Bears. With that being said, I will back Chicago and Trubisky as the rushing and passing attack should be able to assist in moving the ball versus a defense that lacks experience along with a healthy amount of physicality to get it done at his point.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Chicago has not exactly been lighting things up on offense in 2018, either. It is for this reason that I will back the under in this contest in a matchup of struggling offenses. Again, the Bears should certainly be able to move the ball, however, with their rushing attack being their staple, I would expect them to control the trenches and ride Howard to victory in what will be a low-scoring contest on Sunday afternoon versus a horrible Arizona squad on the road.
Betting trends for Chicago Bears:
- Under is 4-0 in Bears last 4 games following an ATS win
- Under is 6-1 in Bears last 7 games overall
- Under is 5-1 in Bears last 6 road games.
Betting trends for Arizona Cardinals:
- Under is 4-0 in Cardinals last 4 games on grass
- Under is 4-0 in Cardinals last 4 games following a straight up loss of more than 14 points
- Under is 4-0 in Cardinals last 4 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.