NFL Preseason Betting: Philadelphia at Chicago
- Updated: August 7, 2014
NFL Pre-Season Betting — Bears Hope to Have a Lot of “Fight” in Them Against Eagles
The Chicago Bears had a little drama in training camp as they prepared for their pre-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it seemed to have more serious overtones as one of these incidents usually would. We’ll see what kind of effect this has on team morale as we progress. Right now there is business to take care of, as the Bears and Eagles hook up in NFL pre-season betting action at Soldier Field at 8 PM ET on Friday (August 8).
The Eagles, of course, made the move to a new coach before last season, bringing in Chip Kelly and his no-huddle offense. As Michael Vick faltered, then got injured, Kelly had to turn to Nick Foles, who went on to throw 27 TD passes with just two interceptions and earn not only a trip to the playoffs, but the Pro Bowl as well.
As for the Bears, Marc Trestman’s season wasn’t that bad, although the team slumped late after looking pretty good early. Jay Cutler was locked up to a long-term deal, quashing any talk of a quarterback controversy, and Josh McCown, who threw just one interception in extensive service as the starter in place of an injured Cutler, left for Tampa Bay.
In the NFL pre-season betting odds that are posted on this game by the folks over at VietBet, the Bears are the favorites:
Chicago Bears -1.5
Philadelphia Eagles +1.5
Over 40 Points -110
Under 40 Points -110
One of the things a lot of people will be focusing on in Eagles’ training camp involves the competition that will take place for the backup QB spot between two former USC Trojans – Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley. It is clear that the Eagles brought Sanchez aboard to be the #2 guy, but remember that Barkley, at one point before his senior season at USC, was considered a possibility to be the #1 overall NFL pick, so he has some talent. NFL pre-season bettors should not forget that Sanchez has experience in a couple of conference title games (with the Jets of course), and that gives him an inside track. As of Sunday. Barkley had completed 60 of his 83 passes in drills. GJ Kinne, who spent some time on the Philadelphia practice squad last season, is a longshot to stick around but should get a chance for some snaps in this game.
Chicago tight end Martellus Bryant got fined and suspended for an incident in Tuesday’s workout, in which he grabbed rookie Kyle Fuller (a first-round pick out of Virginia Tech) and threw him to the turf. Allegedly Bennett was a little put off that Fuller was trying to strip him of the ball after a reception. It didn’t look like all that serious a thing, so the suspicion is that there was something brewing below the surface that may have been administered to Bennett, who has generally not been known as someone who has shown a lot of intensity during practice sessions (perhaps some of you remember him from “Hard Knocks” when he was with the Dallas Cowboys).
Is there some instruction VietBet patrons can get from how these coaches dealt with the pre-season in their maiden NFL voyages? Well, Kelly went 2-2, both straight-up and against the spread, and three of the four games went over the total. Trestman’s team was 2-2 SU and 1-2-1 versus the NFL pre-season odds, with three overs as well. If revenge is something that could even work in pre-season games, it would work for the Bears here. In the 2013 season’s fifteenth game, they were humiliated to the tune of 54-11, allowing 514 yards, including two 100-yard rushers. The Eagles and their style are tough to prepare for, whether it’s in August or December. Maybe the “over” (40 points in NFL pre-season betting) works here.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.
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