Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals - 8/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bears (5-11) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -2.5 -- Over/Under: 36 See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Thursday from Paul Brown Stadium, the Chicago Bears and the Cincinnati Bengals will be kicking off their NFL preseasons.
Chicago is coming off a pretty disappointing season, finishing 5-11 at dead last in the NFC North Division. The Bears were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 13 and had no Pro Bowl players, so there’s definitely plenty of room for improvement here.
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The one thing Bears fans can hang their proverbial hats on is the continued development of second-year QB Mitch Trubisky. He’s the QB of the future—or at the very least the present—and will be given every opportunity to succeed. Trubisky has a few notable position players around him, including WRs Allen Robinson and Kevin White (who will try again to stay healthy), and RB Jordan Howard.
Over on the Bengals’ side, they didn’t fare much better in 2017. Cincinnati started out 0-2 (scoring only nine points) and switched offensive coordinators. Ultimately, the Bengals would finish 7-9 and third in the AFC North.
The Bengals certainly have the personnel on offense to be able to do some damage this year. QB Andy Dalton returns again alongside his favorite target, veteran WR AJ Green. Tyler Eifert is an exciting option at tight end, while Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard will handle the ball-carrying duties.
The Bears are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven Thursday games. The under is 6-0 in the Bears’ last six games overall and 5-0 in their last five road games.
Meanwhile, the Bengals are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall and the under is 4-0-1 in their last five Thursday games. The under is 12-5 in Cincinnati’s last 17 games on field turf and 7-3 in their last 10 home games.
We should see improvement from both teams this season, and this will be our first opportunity to look at the depth on each side. Cincinnati has the advantage of veteran players, but Chicago also has its fair share of talent on the roster. I’m going to go with the Bears to cover, but for me the play is the under.