The Chicago Bears will host the Atlanta Falcons in Week of the 2017 NFL regular season. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at Soldier Field on Sunday, Sept. 10th. The game will be televised locally on FOX.
Right now the Falcons are a 7-point road favorite with the total at 51 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 1 betting lines and game previews.
Falcons vs Bears Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds
Atlanta is looking for a fresh start, as they continue to try to erase the memory of last year’s epic Super Bowl collapse. The Falcons had a 28-3 lead in the 2nd half against the Patriots, but couldn’t seal the deal. New England was able to tie it up at 28-28 to force OT, where they won on the first possession.
Chicago is just hoping to keep the franchise moving in the right direction. The Bears plummeted to 3-13 in 2016, giving them a grand total of 14 wins the past 3 seasons. There’s question marks all over the roster and it’s unlikely Chicago is any kind of factor in the NFC playoff race in 2017.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Bears +7
I think the value here is with Chicago catching a touchdown on their home field. The public is going to want absolutely nothing to do with the Bears against a Falcons team that they just saw play in the Super Bowl. Oddsmakers know that and have inflated this line to force the public to pay a hefty price to back Atlanta here.
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If you follow the NFL closely, you know that it’s often a lot harder for the team who loses the Super Bowl to bounce back the next season. We saw this first hand last year with the Panthers. Carolina went 15-1 in the regular season and cruised to the Super Bowl, where they were stunned by the Broncos. The Panthers not only missed the playoffs, they went a mere 6-10.
I’m not saying the Falcons are going to suffer that kind of setback, but it’s not out of the question. I could certainly see them starting off slow. Star wideout Julio Jones has missed a good chunk of the offseason recovering from toe surgery. He’s the one guy that really makes this offense go, as opposing teams have to pay so much attention to him.
The other key here is I don’t think the Bears are as bad as people think. They did a nice job building up the depth on the roster this offseason. Keep in mind they had 6 losses last year by a touchdown or less and all 3 of their wins came on their home field.
I think the offense is more than capable of having some success here and I think the defense will be able to do just enough to slow down the Falcons offense. A lot of people overlook the fact that Chicago ranked in the top half of the league against both the run (15th) and the pass (3rd).