Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 300 ViewsOn 11/11/2013 04:27 PM in NFL
The Baltimore Ravens got back into the playoff hunt last week by taking down the Cincinnati Bengals in an overtime game. Now they head back out on the road against another team eager to accumulate some wins and get into the playoff race and that is the Chicago Bears. The Bears barley lost against the Detroit Lions, but the biggest concern for this team is the health of their quarterback Jay Cutler.
The Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game will change based on the status of the quarterback for the Bears. If the Bears have Cutler under center the point spread will adjust accordingly as opposed to if Josh McCown is calling the shots for the Bears. Make sure to check the latest line as it is released leading up to kickoff at your top rated online sportsbook.
The Ravens won, despite the play of Joe Flacco. Flacco was 0-for-7 with an interception on throws at least 15 yards downfield, the most deep attempts without a completion Flacco has had in his career. Flacco had his worst downfield game of what has been a down season for the deep ball- his 32.1 completion percentage on throws at least 15 yards downfield ranks 30th among qualified quarterbacks.
Joe Flacco has yet to record a touchdown pass on a throw 20-plus yards downfield (40 attempts). Flacco had four such touchdowns in the 2012 postseason (29 attempts). The Bears will be able to play closer to the line of scrimmage, armed with this information and pressure Flacco. If the Bear offense can step up to the plate, they can get the win at home.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal some great betting angles for this game. Baltimore is 1-4 straight up in its last 5 games on the road and 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games on the road. Baltimore is 2-4 straight up in its last 6 games overall and the total has gone under in 6 of Baltimore's last 8 games. Chicago is 2-4 straight up in its last 6 games and 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games. Chicago is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home and 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Baltimore. The total has gone under in 5 of Baltimore's last 6 games when playing Chicago and the total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 11 games.
Baltimore Ravens at 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.