The Dallas Cowboys will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:30 EST at AT&T Stadium and will be televised nationally on NBC. Oddsmakers have the Cowboys listed as a 7-point favorite with the total set at 44.5 points. Click here for more betting advice and odds for Week 3 in the NFL.
Bears vs Cowboys Vegas Point Spread Preview
Dallas comes into this contest at 1-1. After losing at home to the Giants 19-20 in Week 1, they won at Washington 27-23 this past Sunday. Chicago is winless at 0-2. They fell 14-23 at Houston in Week 1 and 14-29 at home to the Eagles on Monday Night Football.
This will be the first meeting between these two teams since 2014. That year Dallas won 41-28 at Chicago as a 4-point favorite. The total for that contest was 50.5 points.
Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Bears +7
I think we are seeing a bit of an inflated line here on the Cowboys. Not only because it’s Dallas, but this being the final game on the board Sunday. The public is going to want nothing to do with the Bears.
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Chicago couldn’t have looked much worse in their loss at home to the Eagles. With that being Monday Night Football, almost everyone was watching. On top of that, the Bears will be without starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
I’ve never been that high on Cutler. I know he had a career year last season, but that was with Adam Gase as his offensive coordinator. Gase is one of the more respected quarterback gurus in the league. I don’t see as much of a dropoff from Cutler to backup Brian Hoyer as this line would suggest.
While the defense is a concern, the Bears do have some nice weapons on offense. Most notably in the passing game. They have a top level wide out in Alshon Jeffery, along with Kevin White and Eddie Royal. Dallas doesn’t offer much in terms of a pass rush and lack talent as a unit on defense. They were exposed last week by Kirk Cousins, as he threw for 364 yards.
Another factor here is that we are catching Chicago in a big bounce back spot. No team likes to be embarrassed, especially in a prime time game. I look for the Bears to come out with a chip on their shoulder. Dallas on the other hand could be in for a bit of a letdown. They opened the season with two straight against division opponents. Last week laying everything they had on the line to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.
It’s hard to feel overly confident with Dallas at home laying this many points. The Cowboys are just 4-13 ATS over the last 3 seasons at home and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 at home after playing their previous game against a division opponent. Bears head coach John Fox is 10-1 ATS the last 11 times his team is playing on the road off a loss by 10 or more as a favorite.