Would you like a spot of tea with your Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers wager this week?
The NFL goes back to London for the fifth straight year and two teams coming off statement wins are making the trek to Wembley Stadium. The Bucs arrived Monday and will run practices during the week while the Bears arrive Friday.
Tampa Bay came up with a huge 26-20 win over the Saints last week, while the Bears crushed the Vikings. But Chicago encounters an unfavorable trend heading into their bye week - they are just 2-7 ATS in the past nine seasons before a bye week.
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If you're siding with the visitors in this one you'll find the Bears listed as 1.5-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the over under line for the matchup was at 42. Check the latest on this NFL game in London and see the sharpest Chicago line at Sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Buccaneers rated this week at No. 20 and the Bears sitting at No. 25. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 25-17 result in favor of the Bears this week.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 18.8 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 12 this week at 22 PPG. The Buccaneers aerial game is averaging 238.7 yards per game, less than the Bears secondary allows through the air, 275.5 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Bears feature the league's No. 27-rated road run defense, allowing 149.5 yards per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, ranks No. 13 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Chicago was a 39-10 Sportsbook at home against the Vikings. They covered the 2.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (49) was profitable news for OVER bettors.
In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 26-20 Sportsbook at home against the Saints. They covered the 6.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (46) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Josh Freeman led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 303 yards Sunday as the Buccaneers downed the Saints 26-20 at Raymond James Stadium.
Chicago Bears Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 7-3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 6-4
A few Bears at Buccaneers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Chicago
Chicago at Philadelphia, Monday, November 7
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Sunday, November 6