Bears vs. Cardinals Point Spread: NFL Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 18, 2018

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There’s truly nowhere to go but up for the Arizona Cardinals, who have by far the NFL’s worst offence so far this season.

Chicago
12-4
AT
September 23, 2018, 4:25 PM ET
State Farm Stadium
Arizona
3-13
Pointspread -5.5 -115
Moneyline -235
Over / Under o +38.5

79%

Betting Action

21%

Pointspread +5.5 -105
Moneyline +190
Over / Under u +38.5

79%

Betting Action

21%

According to the most recent NFL odds, the Arizona Cardinals are home underdogs for their Week 3 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The struggling Cardinals catch one break here in that it’s a short week for the Bears after they beat the visiting Seattle Seahawks 24-17 on Monday night. Arizona needs all the help it can get as it has scored a grand total of six points in blowout losses to the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams. First-year coach Steve Wilks might already regret leaving his post as Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator.

Chicago leads the all-time series 58-28-6 but lost the most recent matchup at home in 2015 by a 48-23 score. Both teams are much different now – the quarterbacks that day were Carson Palmer for the Cardinals (now retired) and Jay Cutler (retired) and Jimmy Clausen (out of NFL) for Chicago.

One of the greatest and most memorable post-game rants by a head coach in NFL history was by the Cardinals’ Dennis Green following his team’s 24-23 home loss to the Bears on Oct. 16, 2006. Head to YouTube and check it out: “The Bears were what we thought they were! If you want to crown them, then crown their (expletive). But they are who we thought they were.”

Arizona is 5-2 ATS in the past seven meetings. The total has gone over in the past four.

Chicago Bears

The Bears still have offensive questions with inconsistent second-year QB Mitch Trubisky (just 5.38 yards per attempt this season), but that stunning trade on the eve of the season for Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack has turned Chicago’s defence into one of the NFL’s best. Mack had another strip sack on Monday night, part of six sacks of Seattle’s Russell Wilson for the Monsters of the Midway.

They lead the NFL with 10 sacks and have two defensive touchdowns, and both are largely due to Mack. All-purpose running back Tarik Cohen left Monday’s game with an ankle injury so that’s worth monitoring.

Arizona Cardinals

In the wake of Sunday’s 34-0 loss at the Rams, Wilks hinted at some changes. His primary one should be to bench veteran quarterback Sam Bradford and turn the team over to first-round rookie Josh Rosen – who at least will give the Cardinals faithful hope and reason to attend this game. Bradford’s 90 yards vs. the Rams were the fewest the former No. 1 overall pick has ever thrown for in an NFL game in which he played the entirety. His 243 yards this season are the fewest through two games of his career.

Wilks is only the sixth coach in league history since the 1970 merger to lose his first two games by 18 points or more. His team is 4-for-20 on third down. To make matters worse, starting receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a lock first-ballot Hall of Famer, left vs. the Rams with a hamstring injury.

Bears vs. Cardinals Prediction

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