The New York Jets (3-4) travel to Illinois this weekend to take on the Chicago Bears (3-3). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on October 28th at Soldier Field. The game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bears listed as 6.5-point home favorites. That line has changed only slightly after early betting, as Chicago is currently available at -7. The total for this matchup is 45.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 8 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bears vs Jets Vegas Odds & Game Preview
New York dropped back under .500 on the season last weekend after getting crushed by the Minnesota Vikings 37-17. Rookie QB Sam Darnold continued his up and down start to his first season in the NFL, completing just 17 out of 42 pass attempts for 206 yards and one touchdown. Darnold could be in tough again this weekend against a fearsome Chicago defense that is currently leading the NFL in interceptions (11) and second in forced fumbles (12). Darnold will also be without his top two wide receivers, as both Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa are out this week. As a whole, the Jets are currently averaging 26.0 points per game on 329.4 yards per game of total offense.
Things have been a little bit rocky at times on the other side of the ball, as New York is currently giving up an average of 25.1 points per game (17th overall) on 371.7 total yards. However, they have looked half-decent against the run, limiting opponents to an average of just 105.7 rushing yards per game (14th).
The Bears fell back to 3-3 on the season after an extremely disappointing 38-31 home loss to New England last Sunday. QB Mitch Trubisky had another fantastic game, throwing for 333 passing yards and two touchdowns. However, the he did also throw two interceptions which ended up being extremely costly for Chicago. Trubisky almost pulled off a miracle Hail Mary to Kevin White as time expired but it came up just one yard short of the end zone. TE Trey Burton had a fantastic game for the Bears, racking up 126 yards receiving and also hauling in a touchdown. RB Tarik Cohen also had another quality outing, catching eight pass for 69 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, Chicago is currently averaging 28.3 points per game on 380.7 yards of total offense.
Chicago has really looked good on the other side of the ball, giving up an average of only 22.3 points per game, which is currently 11th overall in the NFL. They have been especially dominant against the rush, holding opponents to just 87.5 yards per game (4th overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Chicago -7
I think the Bears offer a ton of value in this particular spot, as New York continues to be ravaged by the injury bug and is now forced to start veteran Jermaine Kearse as their #1 wideout. The running game will also be without the services of Bilal Powell, who is likely done for the season after suffering a devastating neck injury. Darnold has been inconsistent all year long and now has to go up against a terrifying Chicago defense. Even though Khalil Mack has been slowed down by an ankle injury, the Bears are still top ten in virtually every defensive category.
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The Jets are just 2-9 ATS over their last 11 games in Week 8. They are also 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games on grass. Chicago is a very impressive 11-4-1 ATS in their last sixteen home games. They are also 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games against New York. I fully expect that trend to continue here in Week 8, as Chicago has been fantastic on both sides of the ball. Trubisky is really progressing nicely in his second full season, which has to make Bears fan very happy. It is also important to note that Jets are only 2-4 ATS so far this year.
Any line that I can get the Bears without having to lay double-digit points seems more than reasonable to me. They are playing at home, are reasonably healthy, and get to go up against a rookie quarterback that just threw three interceptions against the Vikings and ten total in just seven games. To make matters even worse, the Jets have also not looked great on the road lately, as they are just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games. I’m more than happy to lay the touchdown in this spot, so I’m taking the home favorite all day here – give me Chicago.