2015 Week 3 NFL Preview: Chicago vs. Seattle

In this Week 3 matchup in the NFL, the Chicago Bears travel to play the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears are 0-2 thus far, having lost in week one to the St. Louis Rams 34-31 and to the Green Bay Packers in week two 27-17. The Seahawks, a team that has made it to two straight Super Bowls, are also 0-2. They lost to the Packers in the first week by a score of 31-23 and then in the second week to the Arizona Cardinals 48- 23.

Going into this game the Seahawks are favored by 14.5 points and the over/under is at 43.5. The line on this one is a bit questionable, although Chicago will be without QB Jay Cutler and that could certainly hurt. Still, Seattle may be missing star running back Marshawn Lynch, which will weaken them offensively.

Chicago Bears

The Bears will have Jimmy Clausen in the pocket. Clausen is 1-10 as a NFL QB. Plus, receivers Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), who missed practice again, and Eddie Royal (back and hip) will be out. There are also key injuries on defense. Thus, Chicago hobbles into Seattle for this game.

One of Chicago’s primary offense weapons in this game will be TE Martellus Bennett, who comes into the game averaging 11.4 YPC. He’s caught on TD pass. The other will be dual threat Matt Forte. Forte has rushed for 202 yards and one TD this season. On the ground, he’s averaging 5.2 YPA. Forte’s got four runs of 20+ yards. As a receiver, he’s caught 9 passes, averaging 7.7 YPC.

On defense, the Bears have struggled. They have no sacks, no forced fumbles and one interception.

Seattle Seahawks

The Chicago defense may be weak, but the Seattle D has, at times, been non-existent, as they have allowed 79 points. The Bears will try to take advantage of what is a weak frontline and compromised secondary. Thus far this season, QB Russell Wilson is having a decent year. He’s connecting on 71.8% of his passes, has achieved a 91.1 QB rating, and has notched 3 touchdown passes. But he’s also shown weakness by tossing 2 picks and getting sacked 8 times. WR Doug Baldwin has been instrumental thus far in catching 14 of 17 passes while averaging 9.1 yards and crossing the goal line once.

The Game 

Expect Seattle to finally get their first win of the 2015 NFL season. Coach Pete Carroll and his staff are often good for a few mistakes in each game that will help keep the Bears in the game. Expect a lot of points on the board and for Chicago to score once or twice due to Seattle miscues. Still, the Seahawks will dominate.

Betting

Sports bettors want to consider Chicago and the 14.5 points. There are a few reasons for this. The first is the 14.5 spread is astronomical. There’s no doubt that Chicago will lose the game outright, but since 2003 the record for favorites against the spread in 47 games where it has been 14 or 14.5 points is 18-28-1. So, there’s certainly value in taking the points and the Bears in this one.

Also, on a separate bet, go with the over at 43.5 points. It’s probable that the Hawks will score at least 32 points while the Bears should tally about 20, putting them well above the over but giving Chicago the win with the extra points.

September 27, 2015 by : Posted in NFL, Sportsbook No Comments

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