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Bears are Becoming a Good Road Bet

Jay Cutler Bears

It’s been another sad season for Bears fans as the team is once again outside of the playoff picture after three straight losses. Backers of the team shouldn’t back off yet though as the Bears have gone 5-1 ATS in their last six road games ahead of their Week 16 tilt in Tampa Bay.

Shark Bites
  • The Bears are 4-1 SU in their last five games against the Buccaneers.
  • The visiting team is 4-1 ATS in the last five games in this matchup.
  • The Buccaneers are 2-9 SU in their last 11 games after consecutive ATS losses.

The Bears enter this one as underdogs, which is a position they’ve been abysmal in while on the road in December in recent years, winning just one of their last 20 games while in that position.

After two straight losses the Bucs will close out the season with two home games. The Bucs have shown some promise this season, but have simply made too many mistakes to contend for a playoff spot. Jameis Winston set a career high in passing yards vs the Rams in Week 15 with 363 and will be looking for a strong finish to the season in hopes of becoming the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Chicago Bears betting odds line opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at Odds Shark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 44.5 at most shops.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 28-20 win for the Buccaneers on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 6-8 so far on the season, and 7-7 ATS vs the point spread. The Chicago Bears, meanwhile, are 5-9 and 7-7 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Tampa Bay go 7-7 and the Chicago Bears go 7-7 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Chicago injuries news.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 16-rated Chicago Bears taking on the No. 15-rated Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this betting contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 22.21 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 20 this week at 25.14 PPG. The Buccaneers aerial game is averaging 232.86 yards per game, more than the Bears secondary allows through the air, 216.14 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Chicago Bears feature the league's No. 24-rated road run defense, allowing 129.71 yards per game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meanwhile, ranks No. 7 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago was hamered in its last outing, as Minnesota ran up a 38-17 score against them at TCF Bank Stadium.

Jameis Winston led the way last time out for the Buccaneers, connecting for 363 passing yards, but failing to earn the victory in a 31-23 loss to the Buccaneers at Edward Jones Dome.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
  • Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Detroit, Sunday, January 3rd
Tampa Bay at Carolina, Sunday, January 3rd