Free Preseason Week 1 Prediction: Dolphins vs Bears NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Preseason Week 1
(0-0) Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
NFL Preseason Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Bears -3.5
NFL Preseason Week 1 Moneyline Odds: Dolphins +160/ Bears -180
NFL Preseason Week 1 NFL Betting Total: 35.5
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A couple of young QBs are expected to get plenty of reps on Saturday night as teams try to get the most out of the shortened preseason. Tua Tagovailoa enters his 2nd year with the Miami Dolphins while Justin Fields hopes to finally give Chicago the signal caller they’ve yearned for years.
There definitely seems to be some value on Chicago in this one, as fans are allowed back in Soldier Field for the first time in a year. The Bears also have a couple of other experienced QBs to take reps as Andy Dalton will get the start and Nick Foles may clean up in the 4th.
It’s almost easy to forget that the Dolphins were a 10-win team a season ago despite ranking in the middle of the pack both offensively and defensively. Miami has made some huge additions on the offensive side of the ball, and Tagovailoa will have no shortage of weapons at his disposal.
Miami acquired Will Fuller and drafted Jaylen Waddle at the wide receiver positions to team up with the talented Devante Parker. One of Chicago’s biggest area of concerns defensively is in their secondary, so the Dolphins have a great chance to put up some early highlights here.
The Dolphins also have a veteran QB to take snaps after they brought in Jacoby Brissett in the offseason. Reid Sinnett may get some snaps in the 4th, but expect a heavy dose of Tagovailoa possibly into the 2nd half.
The big question for the Bears ahead of Saturday’s game is who plays? Guys like Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Robert Quinn, and maybe even Allen Robinson don’t need this game as they are experienced vets more worried about health.
What Chicago will do on Saturday is see what they have at the QB position. Dalton is reunited with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who led the team to a 27 ppg average over the last five weeks of the season after taking over play calling duties from Matt Nagy.
Fields should get a lot of snaps against 2nd and 3rd stringers as well, and by all accounts the former Ohio State QB has looked great in camp. The Bears are also very deep at TE – a young QBs best friend – and expect Cole Kmet and newly acquired Jesse James to have big afternoons.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Over 35.5
This is a rare NFL preseason game where every QB that takes snaps on Saturday has the potential to move offenses up and down the field. Tagovailoa gets the chance to break in some weapons against a weak Chicago secondary while Brissett has 32 starts in his career.
Dalton had some of his best success against Lazor, and Fields should be able to exploit the Dolphins backups even though he is a rookie. A veteran like Foles coming in during the 4th quarter to carve up a bunch of undrafted free agents just isn’t fair either.
These two teams have practiced together all week, so they’ve seen some of the things the other wants to work out during this game. That has to also benefit the offenses, as they’ve had a chance to see how the defenses have reacted. Higher scoring game here.
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