Chicago at New England Free Week 8 NFL Picks
After the 14 to 41 loss to Kansas City, New England has turned into one of the best teams in the NFL. Their opponent in Week 8, Chicago, has turned into a somewhat bad team.
Enigmatic Bears receiver Brandon Marshall was heard calling out several teammates in the locker room following a 27-14 home loss to Miami this past weekend. Chicago (3-4) committed three turnovers that led to 10 points and was out-gained 393-224 in its third loss in four games.
Reporters who overheard the exchange say that Marshall directed most of his comments towards QB Jay Cutler who has thrown all seven of his interceptions this season in his team’s four losses and committed two fumbles. He’s had one turnover in the three victories.
Jay Cutler does not believe Brandon Marshall's postgame rant crossed the line. #Bears
— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) October 23, 2014
“The only thing I regret is that the door wasn’t closed, you know, but I wouldn’t change any of my reaction because it came from my heart, and that’s how I felt and that’s how I still feel,” Marshall told Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”
“I think that we have all the coaches we need, I think we have all the players that we need to get the job done.”
New England (5-2) has been off since pulling out a 27-25 win over the New York Jets on Oct. 16.
Can Chicago upset New England on the road and get back to their early season winning ways?
Chicago Bears at New England Patriots
When: 1:00 pm ET, Oct. 26
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Betting Odds: New England -5.5
Bears Vs Patriots Free Week 8 NFL Picks Analysis:
The Chicago Bears have underperformed in recent weeks. After starting out the season at 2 and 1, including a stunning 28 to 20 road victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the Bears have turned into an absolute mess. Chicago is 1 and 3 since the victory over the 49ers.
No loss has been as bad as the 27 to 13 home L that the Miami Dolphins placed onto Chicago in the Bears’ last game. Chicago was a 3 point favorite but the Windy City team failed miserably against the Dolphins. The Bears could only muster 52 yards rushing and 172 yards passing. Jay Cutler was 21 of 34 for 190 yards, a TD and an interception. Even worse is the fact that the Bears’ defense made Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins’ QB, look like Brett Favre.
Tannehill threw for 277 yards and 2 touchdowns. Overall, the Bears’ defense isn’t that bad, it’s ranked fourteenth against the rush, allowing 108.4 yards per game, and seventeenth overall. The Chicago D allows 356 total yards per contest.
But if Tannehill looked like Favre then Tom Brady should look like, well, Tom Brady this Sunday. Brady has unequivocally put to bed all of the hooting and hollering regarding his ability to still play in the NFL. Since the loss to the Chiefs, Brady has been unbelievable. His TD to interception ratio is 7 to 0. He’s recorded 3 straight 100+ QB ratings and he’s thrown for at least 260 yards in each one of the three New England victories.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 22, 2014
New England’s defense has played admirably as well. The Patriots’ D is holding teams to only 208 yards passing and 334.3 yards overall. The defense does give up a lot of yards on the ground. Teams rush 126.3 yards per game against the New England defense. Too bad Chicago has a non-existent rushing attack even though Matt Forte is one of the best running backs in the game.
Based on the trends, the Bears could be in some trouble in this matchup. Chicago is 3-12-1 against the spread in their last 16 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game. Chicago is 1 and 6 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home and they’re 0 and 4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
The Patriots are 8 and 3 against the spread in their last 11 home games. New England should make it 9 and 3 in their last 12 after facing Chicago this Sunday. The Patriots are just the better team. The Pats’ flaw on defense is against the rush, but Chicago can’t seem to get their running attack going. Brady should be able to carve up the Chicago defensive backfield.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 22, 2014
New England is the play in this matchup. They’ll cover the 5.5 point spread against the Bears.
Pick: New England Patriots -5.5