The Arizona Cardinals enter Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears coming off an off week and will likely have starting quarterback Kyler Murray back under center after he missed the last three games with an ankle injury.
In Murray’s stead, Colt McCoy did a good job. His official record was 2-1 as a starter. Chicago has basically gone backward.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy is in over his head and most believe it’s only a matter of time before he gets fired. Arizona can speed that process along with a convincing win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
|Game: Cardinals (9-2) vs Bears (4-7)
Location: Soldier Field
Time: 1 p.m. ET
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The Cardinals and Bears have a lengthy history. The all-time record is in favor of the Bears, which makes sense given Arizona’s long periods of futility in previous decades as the St. Louis Cardinals.
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The Bears lead the overall series 59-28-6. The last time they met was in 2018, which Chicago won 16-14.
Next game: vs. Los Angeles Rams
The last game before the Week 12 bye featured McCoy, who stepped up at quarterback and delivered for NFL-best Arizona. After the Cardinals got thumped by Carolina the week prior, McCoy improved and threw for 328 yards on 44 attempts with 35 completions.
He added two passing touchdowns and another 18 yards rushing. While James Conner had a muted day, only rushing for 62 yards on 21 carries, he did have a touchdown and will benefit greatly from the return of Murray.
A healthy Murray floats all boats, to paraphrase an old adage.
The Cardinals are 8-3 against the NFL odds and 5-6 in over-unders this season.
The Cardinals have a relatively clean injury report this week with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Murray listed as questionable.
The team expects Murray to be available and is fairly hopeful on Hopkins. They’re a better team with these two players, obviously.
Next game: at Green Bay Packers
The Bears’ last game was against the hapless Detroit Lions and they still needed a late finish to win it. Kicker Cairo Santos nailed a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bears a win.
While the Bears were only a 2½-point favorite, having to go with Andy Dalton over the injured Justin Fields meant the game plan had to be altered.
To give Dalton some credit, it was because of him and his 18-play drive — a long march that lasted 8:30 and covered 69 yards — that the Bears even had the opportunity to kick that winning field goal.
The Bears are 4-7 against the spread and 3-8 in over-unders if you bet online.
The Bears have an absurdly littered injury report. Wide receiver Allen Robinson, running back Damien Williams, quarterback Fields, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and defensive end Mario Edwards are all listed as out.
Cardinals vs Bears Betting Analysis
The Cardinals should win this game fairly handily and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph should have a field day going after Dalton.
With all the injuries the Bears have at critical positions coupled with Arizona getting healthy at exactly the right time, all of that should lead to a convincing victory for the Cardinals.
Not only is Arizona one of the league’s more prolific offenses, they’re also an absurdly tough defense to play against. In terms of points per game on offense and defense, the Cardinals are a top-five team in the NFL in both categories.
On the other side, the Bears are the worst passing team in the league, which means they’ll have to rely on the run game more often.
That becomes problematic when teams know that’s all you can do to generate offense and they sell out to stop it. The Cardinals will force the Bears to beat them over the top. If Arizona does that, it’s going to be a long day for the Bears.