Chicago Bears (3-4) at New England Patriots (5-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New England Patriots -6.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5
The New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears face off on Sunday in Foxboro in Week 8 NFL Football action.
The New England Patriots are 5-2 this season and in first place in the AFC East. The Patriots are averaging 26.7 points and 345.4 yards per game and they are plus nine in turnover ratio. Tom Brady has completed 61.4 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Shane Vereen has taken over for the injured Stevan Ridley and he is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and Julian Edelman has 44 catches as the Pats leading receiver. The New England defense allows 22 points and 334.3 yards per game both ranking in the top half in the NFL. Jamie Collins has 39 tackles, Chandler Jones has 4.5 sacks, and Rob Ninkovich has 4.0 sacks. The Patriots continue to find a way to get it done and they are once again among the favorites to go to the Super Bowl.
The Chicago Bears have lost two of their last three games and appear to be a team in turmoil. The Bears offense is averaging 22.4 points and 349.3 yards per game that ranks them in the lower 50 percent of all teams in the NFL. QB Jay Cutler has completed 67.3 percent of their passes with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions while being sacked 17 times. Matt Forte leads the Bears in rushing with 448 yards and three touchdowns and he also is the leading receiver with 52 catches followed by Martellus Bennett who has 41 catches. The Bears defense allows 24.4 points and 356 yards and they are minus one in turnover ratio. Ryan Mundy has 34 tackles, Willie Young has 7.0 sacks, and Kyle Fuller has three interceptions. All of the Bears wins this season have come on the road.
New England is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 home games, 7-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 8-19-1 against the spread in their last 28 games, 1-6 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, and 4-1 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
This just looks like a lot of points and I expect the Bears to play inspired football and to at least get the cover.
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