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NFL Betting: Bears weak ATS option

The two most disappointing teams in the NFL - the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans - are both favored this week.

Who would have thought the Bears would be the worst bet in the NFL at this point? But, heading into Week 14, that’s exactly the case. Through 12 games, Chicago has covered the spread twice.

First-year coach Marc Trestman’s decision-making has been questionable at times. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been banged-up, and a once-vaunted defense isn’t intimidating anyone. The Bears rank last in run defense. And Brian Urlacher isn’t walking through the door at Soldier Field.

Despite the above struggles, the Bears sit at 6-6, only one game back of the Detroit Lions in a tight NFC North Division race. But it’s the 2-9-1 mark against the spread that has Bears backers scratching their heads. Chicago is 0-5-1 in its six home games this season. The Bears are 4-15-1 against the spread in their last 20 games overall. Ouch.

The Bears began the week as 1-point home favorites over the Dallas Cowboys in the Monday night game.

Don’t count out the Houston Texans in the race to be the most disappointing team of the season, either. The Texans are 3-9 against the spread this season and 0-5 ATS as a favorite. Overall, they’ve covered the spread in only six of their last 20 games.

Houston is a 3-point road favorite at 5Dimes over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Thursday night game.

Odds & Ends

Things are evening out nicely for the sportsbooks, but NFL favorites still have a slight edge over the underdogs this season. Favorites went 7-9 against the spread last week and have covered the spread in 52.3 percent of games at this point of the season. Home favorites have been especially profitable, going 64-56-3 against the spread.

Nine of 16 games stayed UNDER the total last week, but this still has been an OVER-dominated season. With the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings leading the way, OVERs are 101-88-3 at this point. Ten of the Broncos' 12 games have gone OVER the total, and nine of the Vikings’ 12 games have gone OVER the total.