The Arizona Cardinals are hoping to go 2-0 to open the season when they face the 2-point underdog Chicago Bears. Da Bears surprised everyone by keeping pace with the Packers in their season opener. Even though they lost 31-23, it was far from the blowout most expected.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 17, 2015
An In-Depth Look At The Arizona Cardinals Vs Chicago Bears NFL Week 2 Betting Stats & Trends
What: Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at Chicago Bears (0-1)
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Chicago, IL
Stadium: Soldier Field
Weather: 69° F/ Scattered Clouds
Spread: Cardinals -2
Moneyline: Cardinals -125 Vs Bears +105
Game Total: 44.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Arizona vs Chicago
Maybe it’s time the Cardinals got their due respect. They’re too old. They aren’t deep enough. There are better NFC teams. But all they do is keep winning. The Cardinals 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints last week stemed from a masterful coaching plan from HC Bruce Arian. Combine the return of a still serviceable Carson Palmer from knee injury with the stifling defense and this is a team is a winning NFL bet.
In his first game since Nov 9th of 2014, Palmer threw for 3 TDs, 0 INTs and completed 19 of 32 passes for 307 yards. He posted a 122.8 passer rating as his team racked up 427 total yards in the win.
“I thought he played outstanding,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM . “He came out on fire. He was right on point on his gameplan, saw their adjustments — and they made some, Rob did a nice job. I thought Rob Ryan did a heck of a job making some adjustments to some of the stuff we do — and we had to readjust. So it was one of those good chess matches.”
Arizona’s defense was the gold standard for this team last season, and many, including me, had doubts about how the unit would perform without defending coordinator Todd Bowles, who is now the head coach of the Jets. The Cardinals defense held the high-flying Saints offense to just 19 points and a depressing 5.8 yards per play in the game while intercepting QB Drew Brees once.
Last week, the Bears lost a game against a game that they were expected to lose. In the loss they showed something that we haven’t seen from this team in years. A desire to win. The defense performed admirably and they kept pace with the Packers for the first half. In the end Aaron Rodgers was just too much. But that stands true for Rodgers Vs. EVERYONE.
The usual weak link for the Bears, QB Jay Cutler, completed 18 of 36 passes for 225 yards, 1 TDs, and an unusually low single interception.
"Green Bay is a pretty good football team," new Bears head coach John Fox told Madison.com . "We were going to have to be near flawless to beat them and we didn’t quite reach that. I think there was a lot of positive things that we’ll be able to build on as a football team moving forward as we get ready for Arizona."
Betting Trends Related To This Game:
- Chicago Bears 3-6 At Home since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 7-2 As Favorite since last season
- Chicago Bears 5-8 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 6-2 When Line was 44 to 47 since last season
- Chicago Bears 2-4 When Line was 44 to 47 since last season
- Chicago Bears 1-4 As Home Underdog since last season
- Chicago Bears 3-6 O-U At Home since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 2-3 O-U When Line is 45 to 48 since last season
- Chicago Bears 2-6 O-U When Line is 45 to 48 since last season
- Chicago Bears 2-6 O-U When Line was 44 to 47 since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 1-2 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season
- Chicago Bears 0-3 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season
These two teams met for the last time in 2012 and Chicago took care of business, hammering the Cardinals 28-13 in Arizona as a 6.5 point favorites.
The Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite, 4-0 ATS in their last four games in Week 2, 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games following a S.U. win, 14-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
The Bears are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following an ATS loss, 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 home games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games as a home underdog, and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog of 0.5-3.0 points.
Players Out or Doubtful:
- Cardinals: Andre Ellington, Daryl Washington.
- Chicago: Jeremiah Ratliff
*stats by Sportsline.com