Bears open as underdog vs Broncos
Chicago Bears vs Denver Broncos Odds
Can Tim Tebow continue to weave his strange magic this week as the Denver Broncos host the Chicago Bears?
The Bears are 6-1-1 ATS in their past 8 games with the Broncos since 1981, but they scored just 3 points last week and still don't have a QB with Jay Cutler out.
Of note, the OVER is 10-1 the past 11 games when Denver has been favored, while the Bears have played five straight road unders vs AFC West teams.
Bettors looking to side with the Broncos in this one will find them as 3-point favorites , while the total sits at 36.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Broncos rated this week at No. 27 and the Bears sitting at No. 16. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 27-20 result in favor of the Bears this week.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Denver's No. 20-ranked offense (21.3 PPG) against a Bears defense that ranks No. 9 at 20.2 PPG. The Broncos passing attack has averaged 155.8 yards per game, less than the Bears give up through the air (259.5 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Bears feature the league's No. 12-rated road run defense, allowing 104.2 yards per game. Denver, meanwhile, ranks No. 9 in rushing offense at home.
The Bears were a 10-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Chiefs. They failed to cover the 9–point spread as favorites, while the total score (13) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Bears suffered a Week 13 loss against Kansas City in their last game, falling 10-3 at Soldier Field.
Denver was a 35-32 winner in its last match on the road against the Vikings. They covered the 2.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 67 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Willis McGahee ran through the Minnesota defense for 111 yards in Denver's last game, handing the Vikings a 35-32 setback on Sunday at The Metrodome.
Chicago Bears Trends:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 7-3
Denver Broncos Trends:
When playing in December are 3-7
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 5-5
A few Bears at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Denver
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing Chicago
Denver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Chicago home to Seattle, Sunday, December 18
Denver home to New England, Sunday, December 18