Facing the defending Super Bowl champions with a winless record is not a recipe for success. Can the Bears possibly pick up win No. 1 in Kansas City? Let’s look at the odds for today’s game, our best bet prediction, and more for this matchup.
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Bears vs. Chiefs Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Spread: Chiefs -12.5
- Moneyline: Bears (+525); Chiefs (-750)
- Over/Under: 48
- Game time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
- Channel: FOX
You couldn’t possibly come into a game against the defending champions in worse shape than the Bears. Not only are they dealing with one of the most hostile stadiums for opposing teams – Arrowhead Stadium – but they are trying to not just get their first win of the season, but snap a 12-game losing streak, dating back to last season.
The Chiefs appear to have straightened themselves out after a surprising loss at home to the Lions in their season opener. Kansas City went to Jacksonville last week and did not allow a touchdown, limiting the Jaguars to three field goals in a 17-9 win.
Patrick Mahomes rebounded from a less-than-dominating season opener to throw for 305 yards and two more TDs in the win over the Jaguars. RB Isiah Pacheco, who has been questionable all week with a hamstring problem, also shook off a rough season opener (23 rush yards) to gain 70 yards on just 12 carries vs. the Jaguars.
A lot has been made of the Bears’ offense or lack thereof, but the defense has not exactly stepped up this season. The defense has yet to force a turnover and in last week’s loss to the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay amassed over 400 yards of offense (437). And during this current 12-game losing streak, the Bears have allowed 400 or more yards seven times.
But the focus of the criticism surrounding the Bears has centered on third-year quarterback Justin Fields. Fields already has three interceptions in two games, has been sacked 10 times, and his passer rating (70.7) ranks 25th in the NFL.
Of particular frustration for Bears fans is Fields’ lack of running so far. While Chicago’s starting running back Khalil Herbert has yet to even reach the 40-yard mark on the ground in the first two games, it’s Fields who is the man to stop in the running game.
Fields, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and led the NFL in yards per carry (7.1) has rushed for 62 yards total in the first two games of the season, including just three yards on the ground last week vs. the Bucs.
Nothing here says Bears (12 losses in a row will tend to illicit that feeling). It doesn’t matter that the Chiefs were winless against the spread last season when favored by 12 or more points (0-3-1 ATS). Until proven otherwise, I’ll go with the less dysfunctional team.
Take the Chiefs and give the points.
Best Bet: Chiefs -12.5 (-112 at DraftKings SportsBook)