Online Football Betting Favoring Falcons Right Off the Bat
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The online football betting season is officially starting. One thing online sportsbook fans will be looking forward to this season is to see how the Atlanta Falcons handle their stunning Super Bowl loss.
Atlanta made history last season when they blew a 21-3 lead in the NFL title game. That has got to hurt and it wouldn’t be that shocking to see the Falcons struggle this season. After all, we saw the Seahawks suffer an embarrassment in the Super Bowl and they haven’t looked the same since.
The reigning NFC champions will get an opportunity to prove that they still have their head on their shoulders this upcoming Sunday, when they travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. Chicago is coming off an extremely disappointing season, so fans should expect sports wagering sites to heavily favor Atlanta. Let’s take a look.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears – Sunday, September 10th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
Online Football Betting Odds:
Atlanta Falcons -7 (EV) 50 (-105) -300
Chicago Bears +7 (-120) 50 (-115) +250
The Falcons finished the 2016 season with an 11-5 record to win the NFC South. As we already know, the Falcons beat the Seahawks and Packers in the playoffs before making history in their loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. But despite this shortcoming, the Falcons still find themselves in a very favorable situation. With a Pro Bowler returning at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver, there’s no question that the Falcons offense should pick up right where it left off.
The Falcons come into this game as the rightful favorites. Accounting for how explosive the Falcons’ offense is, and how many uncertainties surround the Bears’ own offense, it’s clear that the best bet to make on this game is on the spread line. A 7-point spread is pretty large for an NFL game, but out of 11 wins last season, in only 2 games did Atlanta Fail to win by 7 or more.
As expected, the Bears come into this contest as massive online football betting underdogs. This obviously has something to do with the fact that the Bears finished the 2016 season with a 3-13 record that subsequently ranked the franchise last in the NFC North. Despite the lackluster finish, the Bears finally have something to look forward to: a season without Jay Cutler on their roster.
The Bears ended up drafting Mitch Trubisky with the 2nd pick of the draft, much to the dismay of their fan base. We won’t be seeing Trubisky under center this Sunday however, as Chicago has decided to name Mike Glennon the starting quarterback.
Glennon is a 5-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Looking over Glennon’s stats; a 59.4 completion percentage and 30 touchdowns to 15 interceptions, it’s clear that the Bears will need a strong performance from their defense if they are to compete for a division title.