The Arizona Cardinals (0-2) will attempt to win their first game of the season this weekend when they host the Chicago Bears (1-1). Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on Sunday, September 24th at University of Phoenix Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bears as 6.5-point road favorites. That line has changed only slightly, as Chicago is currently available at -6. The total for this matchup is 38 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 3 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Cardinals vs Bears Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Chicago got back to .500 on the season last week with an impressive 24-17 victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. The Bears got to QB Russell Wilson early and often on Monday, sacking him six times and forcing a pair of turnovers including a game-clinching pick six midway through the 4th quarter. QB Mitch Trubisky has looked pretty good to start his first full season as a starting quarterback in the NFL, passing for 371 yards and two touchdowns over his first two games combined. As a whole, Chicago has averaged 23.5 points per game through the first couple weeks of the season (17th).
On the other side of the ball, Chicago has looked well above average in many defensive categories. They held the Seahawks to just 276 yard of total offense last week and are currently giving up an average of just 20.5 points per game (12th).
The Cardinals lost their second consecutive game last weekend after embarrassing themselves on the road in Los Angeles against the Rams. Arizona only gained 137 total yards and five first downs en route to a 34-0 loss. New head coach Steve Wilks certainly has his work cut out for him on both sides of the ball, especially in the passing game where the Cardinals are only gaining 114 yards per game through the air – dead last in the NFL. QB Sam Bradford has completed just 37/61 of his passes and failed to find the end zone for two straight weeks. RB David Johnson hasn’t had a big game yet either, rushing for just 85 yards on 22 carries.
Arizona has also been brutal defensively through two weeks, giving up an average of 25 points per game to opponents (29th overall) and 294.5 passing yards (27th). They are also ranked just 28th overall against the run, allowing an average of 136 yards on the ground per game.
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Chicago -6
I think Chicago is nothing short of a slam dunk to cover in this spot – so much so that I made them my “Lock of The Week” in my ATS survivor pool this week. Arizona has been absolutely brutal on offense, scoring just 6 points combined in their first two games of the 2018-19 NFL season. The Bears have looked great on defense, especially with the addition of Khalil Mack. On the other side of the ball, Mitch Trubisky has shown that he is quickly developing into a reliable option at quarterback. Chicago should be confident after beating Seattle in a defensive battle last weekend to somewhat avenge their heartbreaking Week 1 loss to Green Bay. The fewest points Arizona has lost by so far this year is eighteen – so winning by a touchdown should be relatively easy for the Bears.
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Chicago is an impressive 4-1 ATS over their last 5 games overall, 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, and 4-2 straight up in their last six visits to Arizona. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are just 6-11-1 ATS over their past eighteen games overall, 8-15-1 ATS in their last 24 home games, 0-5 ATS over their past five games in September.
I really don’t see a way that Arizona is able to move the ball down the field against the Bears on Sunday, as they are either dead last or second to last in pretty much every major offensive category. Sam Bradford has looked awful and he now has to face a defense that just sacked Russell Wilson six times last week. Chicago should be able to score early and often against a bottom 5 defense en route to a convincing road victory. Don’t overthink this one too much – roll with the Bears in this contest.