Bears At Falcons Odds, Betting Preview: Not Much Respect For Chicago Despite 2-0 Start

Written By Joe Boozell on September 22, 2020Last Updated on March 23, 2021

The Bears will travel to Atlanta to take on the winless Falcons on Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know about the Bears-Falcons Week 3 matchup from an NFL betting perspective.

First, let’s take a look at the odds at all five Illinois online sportsbooks.

  BetRivers DraftKings FanDuel PointsBet John Hill
Buccaneers TB – 3.5, 44.5″ – 3.5, 44.5″ – 3.5, 44 – 3.5, 44.5″ – 3.5, 44.5″
Animals CHI + 3.5, 44. 5 + 3.5, 44 + 3.5, 44 + 3.5, 44. 5 + 3.5, 44. 5

You wouldn’t know that by looking at the odds above, but the Bears are 2 – 0 and the Falcons, 0 – 2, respectively.

Atlanta was a unanimous 3-point favorite when it first opened, but early Falcons funding must have poured in to raise the total to 3.5 %.

Bears & rsquo, there may be rivalry.

The Bears defeated the 0 – 2 Lions and the Giants, and they did not look particularly impressive in doing so.

It took a D’Andre Swiftdropped touchdown pass to eke out a win in Detroit, and Chicago failed to cover the 5.5-point spread in defeating New York sans Saquon Barkley for most of the game.

The Bears, who had a 17-0 halftime lead, held on despite losing the second half 13 – 0.

So, while this is a winnable game for the Chicago Bears, the line makes sense.

Mitchell Trubisky isn’t playing well enough to give confidence as the long-term solution in Chicago, but he is at least performed to the point where we no longer hear Nick Foles & lsquo mention much. Trubisky has a 92.7 passer rating for the year, along with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

At least one of those picks was likely Allen Robinson‘s fault, so overall, Trubisky has been better than expected.

He & rsquo will have another successful game this weekend. The Falcons are 31st in the NFL with 476.5 yards allowed per game over the past two months.

And they just coughed up a 39-30 lead with 2:52 to go to the Cowboys. Their win probability at the time was 99.9% … and they still lost, 40-39.

A staggering 372 passing yards are permitted in Atlanta per activity. Granted, the Falcons have faced two of football’s top pitchers, Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott.

However, Trubisky and the average Bears act make for a great matchup.

On act, Falcons are frightening.

The Falcons may have a 0 – 2 record, but their offense is not at fault.

Atlanta is second in points per game and third overall in yards.

Matt Ryan has been incredible, throwing 723 yards on eight attempts over the course of two matches.

He & rsquo will face a Bears defense that has been hit-or-miss for the past two weeks. Those who had hoped that device may resemble the 2018 version more than the 2019 version were let down.

Without the Swift’s score drop in Without Kenny Golladay, the Bears would have given Matthew Stafford and the Lions 30 points in Week 1’s final moments.

By eliminating the Giants in the first quarter, they performed better in Week 2. However, they conceded 13 unanswered questions in the next quarter because Daniel Jones appeared to be a formidable opponent.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan has been a problem in pass coverage, and not in the positive, 2020 social media tease kind of way. The Bears frequently played three safeties on Sunday to mask his struggles, which is likely not a solution for sustained success. Trevathan was a huge part of the Bears’ dominant 2018 defense.

Without Eddie Goldman, the front seven has simply been & ldquo, fine, even though the secondary will likely be the best the Falcons have faced. Last month, Robert Quinn forced a fumble in his first Bear jump, and Khalil Mack‘s pass rush may have made the difference in the outcome of the game.

Chicago is 14th in the league with five sacks in two sports. While that & rsquo isn’t bad, it’s also not the kind of production you’d anticipate from a front-runner with Mack, Quinn, and Akiem Hicks.

According to head coach Dan Quinn, the Falcons’ right tackle Kaleb McGary does not play in Week 3. The Bears must and may continuously put pressure on Ryan.

Animals are in excellent health.

The Bears & rsquo’s health is one of their best assets, especially in light of the carnage we witnessed in Week 2.

Quinn and Mack each played despite having a limited amount of exercise next month. Additionally, Chicago did not sustain any significant harm as a result of the battle with New York.

Beyond McGary, the Falcons have a banged up defense, but we will know more about the status of Kendall Sheffield, Charles Harris, Marlon Davidson and Ricardo Allen later in the week.

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