Can the Bears Scrape A Win Against the 49ers?
Posted by: Mariela Miranda
The last couple of years have been extremely tough on the Chicago Bears and their fan base. After posting a 5-11 record in 2014 the Bears’ organization decided that it was time for another change. So Chicago decided to bring in Ryan Pace, former director of player personnel for the New Orleans Saints, and John Fox, the Denver Broncos’ former head coach. However, this hiring marked Chicago’s 3rd coach in just four seasons. Needless to say, changing your head coach so often is not a good way to convince the online NFL betting community of your impending success. In his first season as the Bears head coach, Fox would lead his team to a 6-10 record, improving on the previous season’s record by just one game. With such unsubstantial results, the best sportsbooks were ruling out this year’s Chicago Bears, and now that the season is almost over it’s clear that they knew what they were doing.
Heading into Week 13 the Bears find themselves sitting on a measly 2-9 record and are in no way in contention for the playoffs. With 9 losses already on their record, there is no way Chicago can finish above .500 this season. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t win this Sunday, especially since they’re actually facing a team with a worse record, as unbelievable as that may sound. Let’s see what the football betting odds have to say about the matchup between the Bears and the 1-10 San Francisco 49ers.
NFL Odds – Week 13 – Sunday, December 4th
Chicago Bears -1½ (-110) 43½ (-110) -125
The online NFL betting lines have spoken and the Bears are the favorites by the thinnest of margins. Since neither team is in contention for the playoffs this contest can’t exactly be called crucial, but it will still offer plenty of entertaining NFL action as well as an opportunity to turn a profit. Looking over both these team’s stats, which squad will have the upper hand this Sunday.
Of the two, the Chicago Bears look much better on paper. The Bears currently have the 15th best passing offense in the league, the 21st worst rushing offense, but the 16th best overall offense. Chicago’s biggest problem has been finding the end zone since they are currently scoring the 31st least amount of points in the NFL. San Francisco will be coming in with the 4th best rushing offense – which has more to do with the versatility of their quarterback than their actual running game – but the 30th worst passing offense and the 28th worst total offense. While that makes it seem like the Bears are the obvious pick for online NFL betting, fans should be aware that Chicago has only beaten NFC North rivals this year. Can the 49ers take advantage of that?