2015 NFL Week 11 Preview: Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears

We’re taking a look at two 1 pm games in Week 11 of the 2015 NFL season. The Denver Broncos play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. A few weeks ago, the Broncos would be expected to dominate. But that was weeks ago. Lately, they have been struggling, while Chicago has playing much better.

Overview

The Broncos are 7-2 but have lost their last two. Last week against the Chiefs, Peyton Manning broke Brett Farve’s record for most passing yards and then went on toss a slew of interceptions before he was replaced. The final score was 29-13. The week prior, the Broncos lost 27-24 to the Indy Colts.

Chicago, which is 4-5, has won its last two. Two weeks ago they beat San Diego 22-19. Last week, they took it to St. Louis 33-13. The Bears are definitely on a roll. But that doesn’t mean that they have this game wrapped up.

The Game

Denver has had a stellar defense for most of the season. That is until the last two weeks when they gave up a total of 56 points. In their previous seven games, they gave up a total of just 112 points. That means in their last two contests their defense has allowed 28 PPG. That’s compared to 17 PPG in their first seven. The Broncos have to stop the bleeding.

Plus, they have some definite problems on offense with Manning having tossed 17 interceptions this season to just nine touchdowns. Of course, Manning is injured as of last week and out. Look for Brock Osweiler to start. That might be good news if Osweiler had some experience. But he doesn’t. Plus, the Broncos have injuries at running back and in the receiving corps.

The Bear defense still isn’t great, but it has been getting the job done. They should be able to contain Denver and to permeate what is a weak Bronco O-line. On offense, QB Jay Cutler has been playing well. He’s completing 64% of his passes and has a QB rating of 95.3. Top receiver Alshon Jeffrey is injured and may not play. That will certainly hurt Chicago. Still, Cutler has TE Martellus Bennet to toss to. Bennet has three TD catches.

The running corps includes vet Matt Forte (4.0 AVG, 2 TDs, 4 @20+) and rookie Jeremy Langford (3.5 AVG, 4 TDS). Both Forte and Langford are solid pass catchers. These two guys can be big difference makers on Sunday.

Betting the Game

Here’s how the game looks. The Broncos started at -3.0 and are now -1.0. That may level off to even by game time, or we could possibly see Chicago become the favorite depending on if Jeffrey plays for Chicago.

We like Chicago. But take them as fast as you can. The over/under is at 40.5. Chicago could put 24 on the board and Denver about 14. But those are not hard figures. Still, Chicago’s D has allowed an average of just 16 PPG in their last two contests. We advise take the under for a unit.

November 21, 2015 by : Posted in NFL, Sportsbook No Comments

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