Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Predictions

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Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Predictions

Nick Foles was clearly not the spark the Bears were expecting him to be on offense as Chicago’s offense continued to sputter last week. Tampa Bay needed a second-half barrage of Tom Brady touchdown passes in order to put away the Chargers. The short week heading into a Thursday game probably doesn’t help Chicago’s case to fix its offense, so I’ll stick with Brady and an in-rhythm Buccaneers offense to win.

Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Odds

Chicago’s offense has been pretty lifeless in the first three quarters of games this season. The Bears have scored just 36 points in the first, second and third quarters combined, almost half of which came in the Week 2 win over Giants. In the fourth quarter, though, the Bears seem to come to life and they have scored 49 points over the final 15 minutes of each game through the opening four weeks. Perhaps it has to do with the fact they’ve been behind entering the fourth quarter of three of their four games, but Chicago’s offense has blossomed in the final quarter. The only reason they are 3-1, though, is a top-10 defense that has kept games within striking distance entering the fourth quarter for the offense to start scoring and rally for victories.

Tampa Bay is one of the few teams with a top-10 offense and defense through four weeks, and that balance has allowed the Buccaneers to also start 3-1 this season. There haven’t needed to be as many furious comebacks this season, but that was the case last week after falling behind 24-7 late in the first half. Tom Brady proceeded to throw touchdown passes on four consecutive drives to lead the Buccaneers back for the victory. Tampa Bay has relied heavily on Brady’s arm in the early part of the season, ranking sixth in passing attempts per game and 24th in rushing attempts. The lack of a running game is something that could hurt Tampa Bay in this game against a Bears defense that hasn’t allowed many teams to score through the air.

The New Jersey online sports betting sites set the over/under on this game at 44 points, which makes a lot of sense to me. What the Bears lack in offensive firepower, they make up for with their defense, which probably can give Brady some problems. I’d bet on Chicago to score fewer than the 20 points at -116 odds on its team-specific over/under, but it’s the Tampa Bay one that leaves me troubled. Chicago hasn’t allowed more than 26 points so far this season, but at the same time, this is probably the best offense the Bears have faced so far. It’ll be tight, but I’m going to wager on the under 44 total points for -110 odds.

Buccaneers to win

I would say I’m surprised Tampa Bay is only a 4.5-point favorite, but the Chicago defense has been playing really well recently. The Bears are one of the best passing defenses in the league this year, and have allowed a league-low three passing touchdowns so far. The Bears should be able to get pressure on Brady and keep the game within striking distance for the offense. Ultimately, it’s hard to trust the Chicago offense right now, so I’ll stick with Tampa Bay laying the 4.5 points for -110 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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