Over the course of the season I will be bringing you the betting line for each Bears game. I while also making a prediction on whether or not they will cover the spread. In this week 3 match up, the Bears take on the Steelers.
The Line: Steelers are Favored -7.5
Over/Under: 44 Total Points
The Bears (0-2) are going up against the spread again this week, +7.5 points even at home. They are still looking for their first win of the season as Mike Glennon will continue to try and hold off Mitch Trubisky another week. The Steelers (2-0) are trying to get a nice road win as they try and work out some
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kinks they have had on offense. So why are the Steelers favored on the road?
We can start the explanation for this spread with one player: Mike Glennon. He has done the one thing the Bears front office brought him in to not do..turn the ball over. Last week against his former team in Tampa Bay, he looked like a QB that was just plain lost. Chicago also struggled to get a run game going after the first few turnovers, and wound up getting away from it when trying to come back. The offense was supposed to revolve around RB Jordan Howard, but that has yet to come into fruition.
The Steelers are undefeated so far, but they still seem to be searching for their own stride. Le’veon Bell missed basically all of training camp and looks a little rusty. Big Ben has honestly not looked like himself yet, but he is still working on his rapport with Martavious Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster. This spread would probably be an even wider margin if the Steelers were playing well coming into the game. Pittsburgh’s defense currently ranks 5th against the pass, and 8th against the run so odds makers are assuming the Bears will have trouble generating points even at home.
As much as it pains me, the Bears are not a good team right now. Although I think the defense is above average, they are being put into tough spots when the offense turns the ball over. The Steelers have so many play-makers that they will usually put up 20 even on near elite defenses. This game could get even uglier than the score I am predicting. Take the Steelers to cover the spread. I would also bet the under on the total number of points mostly because the home field advantage will help the Bears defense, and the Bears offense will not contribute enough to the total.