Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview/Player Prop
10 October 2021
A couple of storied NFL franchises meet up on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas when the Raiders host the Chicago Bears. Both of these teams appear to be playoff contenders this season, but it's going to take a big effort to reach the postseason.
Chicago comes into this game with a record of 2-2-, but both of their wins have come at home. The Bears are making a permanent switch at the quarterback position, and there is plenty of hope and excitement surrounding this team.
The Las Vegas Raiders won their first three games of the season before suffering a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4. Las Vegas remains on top of the AFC West Division, but that division is one of the best in the NFL.
The Las Vegas Raiders are 5.5-point betting favorites over the Chicago Bears in this Week 5 NFL matchup.
Defense Must Deliver For Bears
The talk surrounding the Chicago Bears will be on the rookie quarterback, but it's the other side of the football that needs to lead this team. Chicago is giving up just 22.8 points per game this season, but they have been dominant at times in their wins.
Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn lead a pass rush that can get pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and that will be a big key in this game. The Bears are only scoring 16 points per game, and the defense has to keep them in this one.
Justin Fields is now the starting quarterback in Chicago, and it's time for him to take over the offense. Chicago has been running the ball for over 120 yards per game, but they will be without running back David Montgomery due to injury.
Raiders Impressive on Offense
The Las Vegas Raiders are scoring 26 points per game this season, and they do nearly all of the damage through the air. Las Vegas has rushed for just 80 yards per game, but few teams can slow down the passing attack.
Quarterback Derek Carr has thrown for 1,399 yards and eight touchdowns this season, and he won't be afraid to take some shots down the field. Henry Ruggs III leads the Raiders with 14 receptions for 297 yards and will put pressure on the Bears' secondary.
Las Vegas will give up some points on defense, but they want to win games with their offense.
Bears Cover, Raiders Win
The loss of running back David Montgomery is going to hurt the Bears' offensive attack, and that's going to keep them from winning this game. Justin Fields will continue to get better, but he isn't quite ready to lead his team to an upset win on the road.
Las Vegas still has some work to do to become one of the top teams in the AFC West, but they have been playing just good enough this season. Look for the Raiders to find some holes in that Bears' secondary, and they will get a late touchdown to secure this win.
Bet on the Chicago Bears +5.5 to cover the spread, but it won't be enough as the Las Vegas Raiders come away with a win on Sunday afternoon.
Justin Fields (-185) Under 1.5 Passing TDs
Few were surprised this week when Bears’ coach Matt Nagy named Fields the starting QB for the remainder of the season regardless of Andy Dalton’s return from a knee injury.
After all, Chicago had moved up nine spots in the first round of the draft just to take the former Ohio State standout. And Fields had shown enough in his two starts while replacing Dalton to earn the starting job.
But from a stats standpoint, it’s hard to say the new Chicago QB has been dominating. He had a QBR of just 8.4 in his start against Cleveland. And while his play in a 24-14 win over Detroit last week was far better, his numbers were still modest (11-of-17 for 209 yards and 1 INT).
It also came against a Lions’ D that has given up an average of 248.5 passing yards and 29.8 points per game. He’ll be facing a tougher defense today in the Raiders, who have allowed an average of 229.5 passing yards and 25.0 ppg. In addition, he’ll also be on the road, where he struggled mightily in his first start against the Browns.
While the future is certainly bright for Fields, we’ll look for him to struggle today and take the Under (-185) 1.5 Passing TDs.
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