Betting Preview: Bears Heavy Underdogs to Brady & Buccaneers

By Lou Monaco

The Chicago Bears (3-3) visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX).

At sportsbooks in Illinois, Tampa Bay is a solid 12-point home favorite (DraftKings, PlayUp) and a 12.5-point favorite (BetMGM, Caesars, Tipico). Moneyline numbers for the Bucs are -600 (DraftKings), -750 (BetMGM, Tipico) and -800 (Caesars, Playup).

The Bears come in at +435 (DraftKings), +500 (PlayUp, Tipico) and +550 (BetMGM, Caesars). Over/under total points across all five sportsbooks range from 47-47.5 for Illinois gambling enthusiasts.

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Leading 7-0 after the first quarter last week, the Bears could only muster a fourth quarter TD as the Packers scored 10 in the second quarter to take control of the game and win for the 19th time in their last 22 outings against their NFC North rival.

Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields completed 16-of-27 passes for 174 yards with one TD and one interception, plus six carries for 43 yards. Running back Khalil Herbert had 19 carries for 97 yards and a first-quarter TD to give the Bears the lead early.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson (four catches, 53 yards) has fewer than 70 receiving yards in each game this season. By comparison, he had 70-plus yards in 12 games last season.


Well-Rested Bucs

The Bucs are coming off a 28-22 victory at Philadelphia on Oct. 14, so are well-rested with the extended break.

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady completed 34-of-42 passes for 297 yards, two TDs and one INT against the Eagles. Running back Leonard Fournette led the ground game with 22 carries, 81 yards and two TDs.

Tampa Bay has won three straight games since a 34-24 loss at the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 26.

Who Will Win?

Prediction: For the Bears to have a chance, Fields must step up his game and get the ball to Robinson more if possible.

The Bears’ defense lives for games like this, but the problem is Brady and that prolific offense torch everyone they encounter to some extent, whether it be by the pass or run. Tampa Bay’s defense is not bad, either. The Bears will hang around for a half. Buccaneers 37, Bears 21.

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Lou Monaco
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.
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