Betting Lovie & McCown Vs Bears In Chicago Homecoming?

Betting Lovie & McCown Vs Bears In Chicago Homecoming?

Former Bears Lovie Smith (head coach) and Josh McCown (QB) take their new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8, 4th in NFC South) back to Soldier Field to take on Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and the Chicago Bears (4-6, 3rd in NFC North).

The week 12 NFL betting odds have the Bears as 6 point home favorites over the visiting Bucs. The game total is 46.

Both teams are desperately trying to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. The Bucs, technically, are still in the playoff hunt because even though they have only won 2 games this season, they are only 2 games behind NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons who are 4-6. They will face the Bears who need to win all remaining 6 games to to maybe reach the playoffs. It’s a must-win game for both teams.

Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
Date: Sunday, Nov. 23
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chicago, IL
Stadium: Soldier Field
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream:
Radio: Tampa Bay Vs Chicago
Point Spread: Bears -6
Money Line: Bucs +210 vs Bears -250
Game Total: 46

Analyzing Lovie Smith & Josh McCown’s Return To Chicago To Face The Bears

Tampa Bay snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the hapless Washington football franchise last week on the road with their defense and McCown’s long bombs to rookie, and the toast of Tampa, WR Mike Evans. Now Lovie and McCown return to the scene where they had most of their success. Soldier Field.

Over nine seasons in Chicago, Smith went 81-63, made the playoffs three times, reached two NFC title games and guided the Bears to their second Super Bowl after the 2006 season. He was eventually fired after the Bears went 10-6 and failed to make the playoffs in 2012.

With Smith, Chicago averaged 2.2 takeaways, allowed 19.2 points per contest and 40 or more four times. In 26 games under new head coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, the Bears have averaged 1.6 takeaways, 29.5 points per contest and given up 40 six times.

The Chicago Bears snapped a three-game skid with their first home win of the season when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 21-13 last week. The Bears allowed a season-low 243 yards, but it came against a Vikings team that ranks 30th with 309.1 per contest.

The Buccaneers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Bears are 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buccaneers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Chicago, while the road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

Usually I would bet against a Florida team playing outdoors at Soldier Field in November, but when a former head coach of Lovie Smith’s calibre returns to city where he was unceremoniously fired two short years ago and that home team only has 1 win at home…well you get the idea.

Bet the Bucs!

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