Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears: Preview and Pick
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The Cincinnati Bengals were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this season and they are one of the teams predicted to have a very good season. They will be tested in the very first week of the season as they head to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears Odds
The Bears have the home field advantage for this game and for that reason the current point spread on this game has the home team as (-3) point favorites. That number has not changed from the opening line and with an even amount of betting action on both sides of this game; don’t look for it to change anytime soon.
The Bengals come in with a team that is built to win and built to win now. Head coach Marvin Lewis has built this team from the ground up and they finally have all of the pieces in place to go for a championship. With Andy Dalton under center and AJ Green catching deep balls on the outside, this offense should be able to score against any defense in the league.
This includes a Bears defense that starts life without long time mainstay Brian Urlacher. The focus of this Bears will be the offense as new head coach Marc Trestman is being touted as a brilliant offensive mind. That is good news for Jay Cutler who has always wanted to open up the offense and go away from the usual Bear mindset of running the ball early and often.
Cutler has plenty of weapons to go to when he is throwing the ball to include Brandon Marshall who is one of the best wide receivers in the league. The Bears also have multi-talented running back Matt Forte who can break the big play when needed.
The football betting trends favor the Bengals in this game. The Bengals are 6-2-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 9 games in September, 4-1 ATS in the last five road games and 7-2 ATS in the last nine games in September. The Bears are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and just 1-4 ATS in the last five games overall.
With two teams with high expectations the first game of the season will be very pivotal. The Bears are expected to win this game since they are at home, but the road to the Super Bowl for the upstart Bengals starts in week one.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.