Welcome to the new NFL where the Oakland Raiders are no longer a punchline after over a dozen years of futility. How much have the Raiders improved? For the first time in 27 games, the Oakland Raiders are NFL betting odds favorites. That isn’t as great as it sounds. First they are only a slim 2.5-point favorite and they face the hapless Chicago Bears.
The game kicks off on CBS this Sunday, October, 4th at 1:00 PM ET from Soldier Field. Cord-cutters can stream the game live via CBSsports.com.
An In-Depth Look At The Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears NFL Week 4 Betting Info
What: Oakland Raiders (2-1) at Chicago Bears (1-2)
When: Sunday, October, 4, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Chicago, IL
Stadium: Soldier Field
Weather: 62° F / Scattered Clouds
Spread: Oakland -2.5
Moneyline: Oakland -133 vs Chicago Bears +113
Game Total: 44.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Oakland vs Chicago
If You Are Betting On The Oakland Raiders (-2.5)
The Oakland Raiders are 2-1 straight up and against the spread so far in 2015. The last time they opened the season 2-1 was in 2011 when they went 7-4 before losing four of their final five games to finish 8-8. This was also their first road win since the 2012. It was also the Raiders’ first win in the Eastern time zone in six years. Now, after losing 11 road games in a row, the Raiders are gunning for back-to-back wins away from home.
The Raiders offense averages 25.7 points (10th), 282.7 passing yards (7th) and 105.0 rushing yards (17th) per game. This offense isn’t as great as those numbers would lead one to believe, but they are competitive.
Sophomore QB Derek Carr has thrown 726 yards, 5 TDs & 1 INT this season, completing 63.3% of his passes. He had an average rookie season, throwing for 21 touchdowns and 12 picks. But he has developed to the franchise QB that Oakland needs. This year, he’s on pace for 30 touchdowns and six interceptions.
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Carr’s top target is rookie sensation and early OROY candidate WR Amari Cooper (20 rec, 290 yards, 1 TD). Cooper is showing no signs of rookie growing pains and has looked comfortable in the pros. Lining up opposite of Cooper is WR Michael Crabtree (18 rec, 184 yards, 1 TD).
Oakland’s rush attack is led by 25-year old, sophomore RB Latavius Murray (52 att, 248 yards, 2 TDs). During his rookie season he showed the Raiders brain-trust he was an every down back. This year he has carried the ball 46 more times than the next guy. He has also been targeted 11 times in the passing game, catching each pass.
Oakland’s defense allows 28.7 points (28th), 323.0 passing yards, (30th) and 91.7 rushing yards per game (13th). Defensive team leaders include LB Malcolm Smith with 27 tackles, DE Khalil Mack with two sacks and FS Charles Woodson with 1 INT.
If You Are Betting On The Chicago Bears (+2.5)
The Chicago Bears are fighting for the crown of the worst team in the NFL. So far they are 0-3 straight up and against the spread. The were embarrassed by the Seahawks during the franchise’s first visit to Seattle. They lost the game 26-0 and each one of backup QB Jimmy Clausen’s offensive drives ended in a punt.
The Bears average 15.3 points (31st), 162.3 passing yards (31st) and 132.0 rushing yards (6th) per game. And those number’s won’t get any better with stud WR Alshon Jeffery ruled out and QB Jay Cutler questionable for this game.
If Cutler misses this game, Clausen will start for the second week in a row. Last week he completed a mere nine passes of his paltry 17 attempts for a total of an embarrassing 63 passing yards.
With Jeffery out and rookie WR Kevin White on the shelf, TE Martellus Bennett (13 rec, 118 yards, 1 TD) is the top pass catcher for the Bears.
In the final year of his contract, RB Matt Forte (59 att, 276 yards, 1 TD) may be trade bait. Will he rebound after after recording 135 on 35 carries in the last two games?
Chicago’s defense allows the most points in the NFL with 35.0. They give up on average 195.0 passing yards (6th) and 135.7 rushing yards (28th) per game. LB Shea McClellin leads the team with 23 tackles and DE Pernell McPhee has 2 sacks and 16 tackles.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Chicago Bears 3-7 At Home since last season
- Chicago Bears 0-3 As Underdog or PK this season
- Chicago Bears 5-10 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Chicago Bears 2-5 When Line was 43 to 46 since last season
- Chicago Bears 1-5 As Home Underdog since last season
- Oakland Raiders 6-4 O-U On Road since last season
- Oakland Raiders 3-0 O-U When Line is <45 this season
- Oakland Raiders 11-5 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Oakland Raiders 4-3 O-U When Line was 43 to 46 since last season
- Oakland Raiders 4-2 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season
The Raiders are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games as a favorite, 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 4, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite, and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win.
The Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 home games, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games as a home underdog, e 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 4, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games in October.
My NFL Week 4 Betting Pick: Raiders -2.5
Players Out or Doubtful:
- Oakland: Nate Allen.
- Chicago: Jay Cutler, Jeremiah Ratliff.