Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans NFL Week 1 Odds
The Chicago Bears will visit the Houston Texans fresh off a victory in the last exhibition game – sadly, they lost the three previous games. Whether that bodes well or not for their NFL betting online chances is another matter entirely. By the way, here are the odds for fans who bet on NFL:
Bears +5½ (-110) 44 (-110)
Texans -5½ (-110) 44 (-110)
Da Bears defeated the Cleveland Browns 21-7 in week 4 of the preseason. Running back Ka’Deem Carey scored on a 1-yard run in the first half, rookie Jordan Howard had a 16-yard touchdown run and kicker Robbie Gould converted three field goals and Chicago presumably builds up some momentum heading into their regular season opener. Bears head coach John Fox – in his second year with the team – rested his starters, letting him assess some of the players competing for roster spots. Brian Hoyer seems secure as backup QB behind starter Jay Cutler. The 30 year old veteran finished the preseason with a solid performance, throwing 12 of 16 for 112 passing yards. He only had one starter with him on offense; wide receiver Kevin White, who had four reception for 57 yards.
The Texans, on the other hand, did not disappoint Houston fans who do a little NFL betting online. The Texans wrapped up a 4-0 preseason with a 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, who probably haven’t gotten over the loss of Tony Romo just yet. Brock Osweiler’s backup Tom ‘Doc’ Savage survived getting slammed on his back by Ryan Russell not far from where he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on the same field in the same game a year ago. Now that he’s learned how to take a bump he’ll always have a future in pro wrestling. Savage was 12 of 18 for 119 yards, and converted a couple of fourth downs for touchdowns, both to running back Akeem Hunt.
The Bears’ offense finished the preseason ranked 32nd with 9.7 points per game. They only scored until the second warm-up game, and only reached double digits against the New England Patriots. Not a good sign for debuting offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. Then again, Chicago struggled with the injury bug (which, according to the latest research, has developed antibiotic resistance) during the summer. Tight end Zach Miller and wide receiver Eddie Royal, for example, sustained concussions. Miller had a career-high 34 receptions in 2015 for 439 yards and 5 TDs – also a career-high. Meanwhile, Royal caught the ball 62 times for 778 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in 2014 before hitting a slump last season. Royal does seem to cycle through those, those; like in 2011-12. Moreover, Fox has said that Royal is “a very talented player” when healthy.
Thus, Miller and Royal returning from injury should help the Bears’ offense, as well as their NFL betting online odds. As for the Texans, they seemed to make it through the preseason without any major injuries. offensive tackles Derek Newton and Duane Brown were injured previously but both should be ready for the season kick-off versus the Bears.