Chicago Bears (3-9) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -6.5 -- Over/Under: 39.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they welcome the Chicago Bears to town on Sunday.
The Bears head into Cincy on Sunday looking to snap out of their ugly cover stretch on the road as they have fallen short of the number in five of their last six games outside of the Windy City and they will have their work cut out for them here against a Bengals side coming off a ferocious game last weekend against their bitter rivals from Pittsburgh. The Bears have some impressive efforts on their resume this season and are in a good spot to keep this one close as the Mitch Trubisky led offense that features a healthy dose of Jordan Howard is much better than advertised and will be out to prove that against the Bengals on Sunday. Chicago has only covered six times in their last 21 games and with this one sitting right around the six point mark they are going to have to keep an angry Bengals offense off the field which is easier said than done.
The Bengals meanwhile are coming off a very physical contest last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that saw Ryan Shazier likely lose his football career, Vontaze Burfict getting laid out, and another scary hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in what was a scary night overall between the AFC North division rivals. The Bengals must shift their focus to the Bears though as they present an opportunity to be a spoiler to CIncy’s playoff hopes and while they are faint enough as it is they can pretty well plan their offseason program as early as Monday morning if they fall short this weekend.
The Bears are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five overall while the Bengals are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in week 14 and 4-0 ATS in their last four overall. The line here suggests a decently lopsided win for the Bengals and while a double digit victory seems a bit far fetched I think they can hover around the number and ultimately get a cover in the end.