Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Time: Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Bears vs Falcons Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/ Under||Team Total|
|Bears||+4||+165||47 ½||21 ½|
|Falcons||-4||-190||47 ½||24 ½|
Current NFL odds list the Atlanta Falcons (0-2) as four-point favorites in their upcoming battle with the Chicago Bears (2-0). Our sportsbook’s most recent odds to win the division show the Falcons are losing projected ground in the NFC South. Atlanta’s moneyline is +1000, while the Bears are a dark-horse candidate to win the NFC North at +220. Let’s look more closely at this NFC matchup so we can take advantage of the available sports betting odds.
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vs NY Giants
The Bears’ defense set the tone early, and for the second straight week made the difference. Chicago sacked Daniel Jones four times and kept New York under 300 total yards. Outside linebacker Robert Quinn’s first play as a Bear was a strip-sack on the NY Giants’ QB. OLB Khalil Mack recovered Quinn’s forced fumble, tallied a sack of his own, and was constantly pressuring Jones.
It’s a bit early to crown Mack the Defensive Player of the Year, but it gives you something to think about. Check out our sportsbook’s up-to-the-minute DPOY odds and see which player tickles your fancy. Our MVP odds are worth a look while you’re over there.
Chicago’s offense got off to a quick start, which propelled the Bears to a seemingly comfortable 17-0 lead at the half. Unfortunately, the comfort would end for the Bears in the second half. The Giants scored 13 unanswered points, finding themselves in a position to win on a drive late in the fourth quarter. Bears’ K Cairo Santos missed a 50-yard FG, and Jones drove the Giants 40 yards to get within striking distance.
For a second straight week, the Bears defense stood tall and preserved a victory. Bears S Eddie Jackson broke up a pass meant for Giants WR Golden Tate as the clock struck zero. Chicago managed to survive a second-half collapse by the offense, on the strength of its defense, and is still undefeated.
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The Bears dominated time of possession by refusing to abandon the running game, thereby grinding the Giants down. Second-year running back David Montgomery did most of the damage on the ground, rushing for 82 yards on 16 carries. Montgomery also led all Chicago receivers, catching three passes for 45 yards and a score. Expect Montgomery to be the lead back in Chicago’s ground and pound scheme.
Bears linebacker Josh Woods is still dealing with a personal issue and is questionable for the matchup vs. the Falcons. LB Devante Bond was promoted to take Woods’ place.
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The Atlanta Falcons made NFL history in their Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Falcons are the first team to score 39 points, have zero turnovers, and lose a game. Prior to Atlanta’s epic collapse in AT&T Stadium, NFL teams had a record of 440-0 in such situations. So, despite being 0-2, the Falcons found a way to be #1.
Atlanta led 29-10 at halftime, and 39-24 late in the fourth quarter. Dallas fought and clawed all the way back to make it 39-37 with 1:49 to go, and then it happened.
Cowboys’ K Greg Zuerlein attempted an onside kick, and the Falcons’ special teams inexplicably watched the ball roll 10 yards. All Atlanta had to do was pick up the ball and this game would have been over. Pimple-faced junior varsity football players know this. The Falcons players apparently did not know this. TE Jaeden Graham and Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica should both be fired.
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The Cowboys recovered the gift-wrapped kick, and Zuerlein wound up drilling a 46-yard game-winning FG as time expired. Atlanta lost the game, more than Dallas won it. The final score reminded many of us of the Falcons’ Super Bowl implosion vs the Patriots. My goodness. I feel for all the Falcons fans out there, who must be dumbstruck.
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Matt Ryan went 24-for-36, throwing for 273 yards and four touchdowns. WR Calvin Ridley collected seven passes for 107 yards and two scores. The Falcons’ running backs weren’t brilliant, but they were decent enough. It was the Atlanta defense and special teams that left a big steaming pile of poop on the field in Dallas.
The Falcons D allowed QB Dak Prescott to throw for 450 yards on 34-of-47 passing and one touchdown. Prescott rushed for three more touchdowns on five carries for 18 yards. RB Ezekiel Elliott performed well, barrelling for 89 yards on 22 carries and a TD. The Dallas receivers had a field day, with two players posting more than 100 yards receiving, and another notching 88 yards. Atlanta still would have won the game if it had demonstrated some awareness regarding special- teams fundamentals.
Second-year OT Kaleb McGary has suffered a minor MCL sprain, and is expected to miss the game vs. the Bears. John Wetzel will be filling in for McGary in Week 3.
The Falcons have several banged-up players on the defensive side of the ball, which might explain their recent inefficiency. Starting LB Foyesade Oluokun (undisclosed) and starting DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) are both questionable for the game vs the Bears.
DE Charles Harris, DT Marlon Davidson, S Ricardo Allen, and CB Kendall Sheffield are also all listed as questionable. The Falcons need reinforcements on defense, and fast.
Betting Odds Analyisis
Bears vs Falcons Betting – Point Spread
The way things have been going with the Falcons lately, it’s difficult to feel confident spotting the Bears four points. Chicago’s last two games have each been decided on the final play, and the Bears won both of them. The Bears have a formidable defense and a fairly reliable offense. Atlanta’s defense is feeble at best, and incompetent at worst.
So far in 2020-21, the Bears are 1-0 ATS as an underdog, and the Falcons are 0-1 as favorite. Chicago is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. Atlanta. The visiting underdog feels like the right pick in this situation.
Bears vs Falcons Betting- Moneyline
A bettor gets beat up on the Falcons’ moneyline of -190, for an outcome that essentially amounts to a coin-toss. Meanwhile, +165 for backing the Bears gives you some bang for your buck. Fortune favors the bold, ladies, and gentlemen.
Bears vs Falcons Betting – Over/ Under
A total score higher than 47½ points seems quite likely in this scenario. The Falcons have a high-powered offense and a weak, hobbled defense. The Bears offense is competent, and Chicago appears to play to the competition.
Overs are trending, and 11-out-of-16 games went over in Week 2. The lines might reflect this by shifting almost imperceptibly, but that shouldn’t make you gun-shy here.