Bears vs. Colts Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Frank Doyle | Updated Aug 21, 2019

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Week 3 of pre-season play used to be when you could count on getting a good look at a team's starters. Don't bet on that Saturday when the Bears visit the Colts.

August 24, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
Lucas Oil Stadium
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +138
Over / Under o +36.5
Pointspread -3 -110
Moneyline -166
Over / Under u +36.5

When the Chicago Bears visit the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night, you’d better have each teams’ rosters handy if you plan on tuning in. Oddsmakers have Chicago set as a 4-point underdog.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The books opened with Indy set as the usual field-goal favourite before that line moved to Indy -4. Depending on how the rest of this week goes, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the line grow. That’s because Bears coach Matt Nagy seems to have finally drawn a line in the sand with pre-season play. He didn’t give any of his starters a sniff in last week’s loss to the New York Giants and he may hold out all of his No. 1s until games start meaning something when the Bears host Green Bay on Sept. 5 to kick off the regular season.

Meanwhile, Indianapolis may be looking for at least some “real” snaps for its starters this week. Last week the Colts’ first-teamers were scheduled for about a quarter of work and with it looking more likely that Andrew Luck won’t be ready for Week 1, sorting out the depth chart and getting quality reps in could be a priority against the Bears. Then again, do the Colts want to risk further injuries against Chicago’s backups?

Chicago Bears

Nagy was questioned about stapling his starters to the pine last week and what he planned to do with the remaining two pre-season games.

“We’ll see,” said Nagy. “I mean, I think you guys can kind of see where we’re at with the team and with him. We’ll get feedback from coaches, from players, and we’ll stick to our plan.”

Right now that plan seems to be to let the depth players use these games to earn spots on the team. Don’t expect to see any Chicago starters, or important backups, play again until September.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck has already been ruled out of this week’s practices, so while Colts nation continues to hold its collective breath about their star quarterback’s foot injury, it looks like Jacoby Brissett will be the QB1 for this week and likely in Week 1. Brissett was 8-of-10 for 100 yards and a touchdown last week and does have experience as a starter when he filled in for Luck and started 15 games during the 2017 season. Actually, all three of Indy’s active quarterbacks (Brissett, Chad Kelly, and Phillip Walker) each threw for at least 100 yards in the loss to Cleveland.