The Chicago Bears have a new leader.
Rookie quarterback Justin Fields made his second start last week in a 24-14 home victory over an NFC North Division foe, the Detroit Lions. In Week 5, Chicago (2-2) will start Fields again for a visit to Las Vegas to face the Raiders (3-1) on Sunday, with kickoff set for 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX).
The Bears come into the game as 5.5-point underdogs on BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, Tipico and DraftKings and Tipico. Bears moneylines range are either +190 (DraftKings, BetMGM, Tipico) or +200 (Caesars).
Raiders moneyline numbers at Illinois sportsbooks are -225 (BetMGM), -235 (DraftKings) and -240 (Caesars, Tipico).
Over/Under totals are over/under 43.5 points (Tipico), 44 (Caesars) and 44.5 (BetMGM and DraftKings) for online NFL betting IL.
Fields, who completed 11-of-17 passes for 209 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday’s win (and had three carries for 9 yards), was named the starter moving forward over former No. 1 Andy Dalton on Wednesday.
Running back David Montgomery had 23 carries for 106 yards and two first-half TDs to help the Bears to a 14-0 halftime lead against Detroit. But he’s expected to miss 4-5 weeks with a knee injury, according to reports.
The Bears, who sit just one game back of the division-leading Green Bay Packers (3-1), are 0-2 on the road entering Sunday’s game.
Las Vegas returns home after losing Monday, 28-14, at the AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers.
The Raiders had 51 total net yards in the first half, the fewest in any half by a Jon Gruden offense with the Raiders, snapping the previous low of 62 set in Week 13 in 2001.
Quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for two third-quarter TDs in Monday’s loss, is the first QB in Raiders history with 2+ TDs in each of the team’s first four games of the season. Carr completed 21-of-34 passes for 196 yards with one INT.
It’s good for the Bears to clear the fog away and settle in on a starting quarterback for good. This will not only help the team on both sides of the ball but will help Fields, who now can develop and learn week after week.
Wide receivers Darnell Mooney (5 catches, 125 yards against Detroit) and Allen Robinson (3 for 63) will continue to help the young QB out and he is going to need it.
The Bears defense has to show it can step up away from home and will get a fine test this week against the Raiders.
The Raiders’ lackluster performance in the first half last Monday hurt the team’s chances and I don’t think that will happen again. Carr won’t allow it to happen again, especially at home.
Illinois gambling enthusiasts should look for Las Vegas passing targets Henry Ruggs III, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow to have big performances, but also running back Josh Jacobs to have a big game in only his third start coming back from injury. Raiders 34, Bears 17.