This season has already been eventful for the Denver Broncos but for all the wrong reasons. Can they go to Soldier Field in Chicago and pick up their first win of the season against the also struggling Bears? Let’s take a look at the odds for this matchup.
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Broncos vs. Bears Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Spread: Broncos -3
- Moneyline: Broncos (-162); Bears (+136)
- Over/Under: 46
- Game time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Soldier Field
- Channel: CBS
Broncos vs. Bears Prediction
Want to know how bad the situation is in Chicago? The Bears’ opponent this week — the Denver Broncos — is coming off a third-straight loss to begin their season. Last week, they were humiliated at the hands of the Dolphins, who ran up 70 points on them.
And still, the Bears are an underdog against this team at home.
Such is the life of the Bears and their fans these days. The excitement and anticipation of watching third-year quarterback Justin Fields is gone less than a month into the season. His passing yards, completion percentage, and passer rating have all been declining since the first game of the season.
Even on a day like last Sunday, when Fields finally was able to be a factor with his legs — 47 rushing yards on 11 carries — it still couldn’t hide the fact that he finished with just 99 passing yards.
Chicago ranks 27th in scoring offense, 29th in total offense, and 31st in passing offense.
If there is a silver lining for the Bears, it’s the fact that they will be facing the league’s worst defense Sunday. Denver ranks last in both total defense (458.3 YPG) and scoring defense (40.7 PPG).
Before you make the obligatory response about how their scoring defense average is so high because of the Miami debacle, keep in mind that one week earlier, the Broncos allowed 35 points in Denver to the Washington Commanders — the same team that kicked a last-second field goal to avoid being shut out at home by the Buffalo Bills.
In short, both teams are bad.
But there must be a play in this game, and for me, I’m backing the Broncos. Denver has the much better quarterback in this matchup with Russell Wilson. Yes, I know, Wilson is not the same quarterback he was in Seattle, but he has hardly been a liability either for this Denver team, posting back-to-back 300-yard passing games.
Two weeks ago, he nearly brought the Broncos back from the dead against the Commanders with a 50-yard Hail Mary TD pass as time expired. Still, the two-point conversion attempt failed, and we’re left here with a battle of winless teams.
All jokes and criticisms aside, Denver is clearly the better team in this matchup. Even though that’s a testament to the Bears’ ineptitude, it also makes the decision on who to back in this matchup a lot easier. I gotta go with the Broncos here.
Best Bet: Broncos -3 (-115 at DraftKings SportsBook)