Free NFL Prediction: Bears vs Patriots
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Chicago Bears (0-1) at New England Patriots (1-0)
Date: Thursday August 18th
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts
ATS Betting Lines: New England Patriots -3.5
NFL Betting Total: 40.5
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The Patriots offense certainly didn’t seem to miss champion quarterback Tom Brady much in the opening round of preseason football.
With backup quarterbacks Jimmy Garappolo and Jacoby Brissett, the Patriots put on 34 points against the Saints and there was plenty to like about their overall play.
The same can’t be said for the Bears which suffered a 22-0 loss at the hands of the defending champion Denver Broncos.
In some aspects the Bears looked good, but a stifling Broncos defense which sacked the Bears quarterbacks on seven occasions made life tough.
Coming into Boston to face the Patriots won’t make life any easier this week, but Bears bettors shouldn’t give on a season which will likely be another battle.
The Bears started four quarterbacks against the Broncos and their statistics weren’t overly poor. Starting quarterback Jay Cutler went 3/4 for 18 yards, but he did get sacked twice.
Brian Hoyer went 7/10 for 81 yards, but he too was sacked on multiple occasions and came away with a passer rating of only 54.6.
Add another two sacks on David Fales and it’s clear to see the Bears offensive line is the problem. The likes of Cutler and Hoyer will need more time to find their targets if they are going to be a force this season.
Chicago was forced to punt the ball on eight occasions which is far too many for our liking, but that number should drop against a Patriots defense which allowed 22 points against the Saints.
The Bears have lost their last four against the Patriots with the most recent loss coming in 2014 where they lost by 28 points.
The Bears already find themselves on the back foot this season and most of the bettors money is coming for the opposition side.
New England Patriots
The Patriots backup quarterbacks may not have put up any points against the Saints in week 1 of preseason, but there was plenty to like, especially with Jimmy Garoppolo who went 11/18 and threw for 168 yards.
He was sacked twice which hurts his rating, but overall both quarterbacks performed well under pressure and the rushing game converted their good play into points.
Tyler Gaffney ran for nine carries with one touchdown and LaGarrette Blount also crossed from close yardage.
The New England defense had to do plenty of tackling, but that’s what to expect playing the Saints and they should be more comfortable against the Bears offense.
Jamie Collins had one interception for a 43-yard touchdown and the kicking game of Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen made it hard for the Saints to find good field position.
Expect more of the same this week and the Patriots should put plenty of points on the board against a Bears team struggling to find their identity.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games
- Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings
- Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Patriots -3.5
The Patriots offense found ways to score against the Saints and with a defense that allowed only 22 points against a potent Saints offense, the Patriots should enjoy rushing the Bears.
The Bears offensive line was shot to pieces last week, so expect plenty of pressure on the quarterbacks which will play right into the Patriots strengths.
-3.5 is a great line being offered by bookmakers as the Patriots should be winning this by double digits.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Chicago 10 – New England 30
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