Home field advantage is the greatest edge a NFL team can have. That is unless you live in the Windy City. Over their last 14 games at Soldier Field, the Bears are a paltry 5-9 straight up and an equally depressing 4-9-1 against the spread.
The Las Vegas NFL week 3 odds-makers tend to agree. The visiting Arizona Cardinals are a 1.5-point favorite over the Chicago Bears. Usually if two teams are evenly matched the opening odds favor the home team by at least a field-goal. That will tell you just how un-impressed Vegas is with the Bears.
How I Am Betting The Arizona Cardinals Vs Chicago Bears NFL Week 3 Odds & My Expert Pick
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
Wind: South 8mph
Spread: Cardinals -1.5
Game Total: 44.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Arizona vs Chicago
The Chicago Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler were on the wrong end of a 31-23 loss to NFC North division rival Green Bay and fell just short of covering the NFL betting odds as a 6-point home underdog.
Cutler completed just 18 of 36 pass attempts for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception but veteran running back Matt Forte had a big game for new, run-first head coach John Fox. The elusive dual-threat back carried the ball 24 times for 141 yards with one touchdown while adding another 25 yards on five catches. Unfortunately, the Bears went 1-for-3 in the red zone while Cutler got sacked twice in the loss.
— ESPNChicago (@ESPNChicago) September 17, 2015
The Arizona Cardinals cruised to an emphatic 31-19 win over New Orleans to easily cash in as 2-point home favorites. Veteran quarterback Carson Palmer completed 19 of 32 pass attempts for three touchdowns and no interceptions and running back Andre Ellington rushed for 69 yards and one score on a dozen carries.
How To Bet The Line In This Game:
65 percent of the betting public likes Arizona to win and cover the spread as slight road favorites while 56 percent like the Over.
I’m going with a pick for Arizona to easily cash in against a Chicago Bears team that will never reach its full potential as long as Jay Cutler remains the starting quarterback. Arizona is by far, the better team on both sides of the ball and they’ve also got the slight edge in coaching.
The Cardinals are 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record while Chicago has gone 1-4 SU in its last five home games and an awful 4-14-1 ATS in its last 19 home dates.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 16, 2015
As far as the Over/Under Total is concerned, I’m going to say the final score of this Week 2 matchup narrowly plays Over the 45.-point O/U Total, mostly because the Bears can’t stop anyone these days, but still generally puts up around 21 points per game.
The Over is 4-0 in Chicago’s last four games in the month of September and 7-1 in the Bears’ last eight games against a team with a winning record.
I am picking the Arizona Cardinals -1.5 and the Under-45. My final score prediction is Arizona 24, Chicago 20.