The Falcons will host the Bears on Sunday as both clubs look to break losing streaks. Atlanta has fallen in their last two contests, while Chicago looks to stop a three-game skid.
The Bears are coming off a heartbreaking 31-30 loss to the Lions, and the Falcons are trying to put an embarrassing performance against the Panthers on national television in the rearview. Oddsmakers see the Week 11 tilt as a close one with a ton of points as Atlanta opens as 3-point home favorites.
All NFL betting lines and odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook as of Tuesday
It’s the third game in which the Falcons are favored, with the other two coming against the Panthers, which Atlanta failed to cover in both instances. It’s the eighth time this season that Chicago is underdogs, who have only been favored in three contests this season as well.
The Bears’ defense is reeling, struggling mightily over the last three weeks. The Falcons should be able to move the ball much easier than they did against the Panthers last week. Without Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith, Chicago’s defense is susceptible to giving up a lot of points.
On the other side of the ball, Justin Fields and the Bears’ offense has thrived over the last month, averaging 31 points per game in their previous four games. Fields has shown the electric playmaking ability that made him such a highly coveted prospect entering the NFL. The Falcons’ defense isn’t exactly dripping with speed, so spying Fields might be more difficult than expected. Troy Andersen, who ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine, could be an interesting option to mirror the uber-athletic Fields.
I’d expect this one to be a close one. I’ll probably lay the points on the Falcons because I’m deranged, but if I was offering advice, go with the Bears. The Falcons’ defense can’t stop the run to save their lives, and the Bears run the ball as well as anyone in the league, especially with such a dynamic quarterback. However, because both of these defenses are so bad, I think over the total is the play.
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