The Chicago Bears (0-1) will host the Seattle Seahawks (0-1) on Monday Night Football in Week 2 of the NFL season. Kickoff is set for 8:15 EST at Soldier Field and will be televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 2 NFL odds, the books opened with the Bears as a 3-point favorite and total of 43.5. The line has jumped to 3.5 at most books, while the total hasn’t moved off the original number.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Seahawks vs Bears
Seattle comes into this one off a 27-24 loss at Denver in Week 1. The Seahawks pushed on the closing number of +3, but were getting less than a field goal most of the week. Seattle had their chances as they actually led 24-20 in the 4th quarter, but they just couldn’t close the job.
Speaking of letting a lead slip away, the Bears blew a 20-0 lead on the road against the Packers in a gut-wrenching 24-23 loss. There are plenty of concerns with Chicago’s offense, but the defense looked outstanding in their first game with Khalil Mack.
This will be the first meeting between these two teams since they last met in Week 3 of the 2015 regular-season. Seattle won that game 26-0 with the Bears offense managing just 146 yards and 7 first downs.
NFL Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Bears -3.5
I would have to lean towards laying the number with the Bears at home. The books clearly saw enough from Chicago in their loss to the Packers to drastically change this line, as the early odds that are released in the spring had this one listed at a pick’em.
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I would love to have the Bears at that line, but I still think there’s a good chance that Chicago wins and covers in this one. For me it’s all about the Bears defense. I believe the addition of Mack has taken Chicago from being a good defensive team to a great one. Keep in mind this team quietly finished last year ranked 10th in total defense and 9th in points allowed.
I look for Mack and that dominant front 7 of the Bears to have their way with Seattle’s offensive line, which is once again one of the worst units in the league. The Seahawks couldn’t run the ball against the Broncos (64 yards) and Russell Wilson was sacked 6 times and threw two interceptions. Add in the home field edge with Chicago and this being a prime time game and I look for that defense to feast in this one. Note that Seattle is still without their top wide out in Doug Baldwin.
The other big key here is I don’t think this Seattle defense is very good. They were very fortunate to only give up 27 points to the Broncos. Case Keenum torched the secondary for 329 yards and 3 scores and Denver piled on 470 total yards. As limited as Tribusky might be, Chicago is going to be able to move the ball and should have some short fields to work with.
You also have to factor in that Seattle has historically been a slow-starting team under head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks are just 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games in the first two weeks of the season. Chicago is also an impressive 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games. Give me the Bears -3.5.