Ryan and Atlanta Falcons Look For Fresh Start in Windy City Against Rebuilding Bears
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will be looking for a fresh start following their Super Bowl 51 collapse when they kick off their 2017 regular season with a road date against the rebuilding Chicago Bears. With Chicago looking pretty good in the preseason and the Falcons going winless during the scrimmage season, let’s find out if the Falcons can get the win and ATS cover as decisive road favorites.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Chicago Bears NFL Week 1 Spread & Pick
Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Spread: Atlanta -7
Why Bet the Atlanta Falcons Spread At -7
The Falcons didn’t look very good at all in losing to Miami, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Jacksonville this preseason while scoring 20 points or less in every game. Last season, Atlanta ranked first in the league in scoring by putting up a whopping 33.8 points per game although they were just as disappointing defensively after finishing 27th in points allowed (25.4 ppg).
Still, the Falcons are expecting to contend with the core group of their offense back in Ryan, running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones and fellow wideout Mohamed Sanu. The Falcons lost offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who bolted to take the head coaching job in San Francisco, so it remains to be seen how his departure will affect Atlanta this coming season.
To address their needs on both sides of the ball, the Falcons hired the widely respected Steve Sarkisian to replace Shanahan while signing veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe and defensive end Jack Crawford in free agency. Atlanta also drafted defensive end Takkarist McKinley in the first round and linebacker Duke Riley in the third round.
Why Bet the Chicago Bears Spread At +7
The Bears looked pretty solid in the preseason by beating Arizona and Tennessee in Weeks 2 and 3 and putting up a good effort in their Week a scrimmage loss to Denver, their 25-0 shutout loss to Cleveland in their preseason finale notwithstanding.
The Bears finished the 2016 season ranked a dismal 28th in scoring (17.4 ppg) and equally uninspiring 24th in points allowed (24.9 ppg) and are looking for big improvements after making some moves in the offseason. Chicago signed veteran signal-caller Mike Glennon to be their short-term answer at quarterback while drafting Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick in the draft as their long-term franchise quarterback.
Chicago found out they had a real gem in running back Jordan Howard with the former Alabama-Birmingham star rushing for a completely surprising 1,313 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season. To address their needs on both sides of the ball, the Bears signed veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, tight end Dion Sims, wide receiver Kendall Wright and safety Quintin Demps in free agency although they parted ways with former No. 1 wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, quarterback Jay Cutler, defensive backs Tracy Porter, and wide receiver Eddie Royal among others.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Chicago Bears NFL Week 1 Pick
I’ve got to admit that, after seeing Chicago in the preseason, I’ve had to adjust my thinking a bit on the Bears and their near future. However, for this Week1 matchup against Atlanta, I don’t see how Chicago can keep up with a Falcons offense that will definitely be looking to get in gear after struggling in the preseason.
The Bears appear to have found an answer in both, Glennon and Mitchell at quarterback and they definitely have a gifted running back, but again, Atlanta looks like they’re going to be just too explosive offensively for the bears to keep up with in this contest,
The Falcons are 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on grass while Chicago has gone 0-7 ATS in their last seven games in the month of September and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four regular season openers. The Falcons cover with room to spare!
Pick: Atlanta Falcons -7 Points