Free NFL Picks & betting preview for the Week 2 battle between the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears.
Arizona did enough to beat New Orleans 31-19 and it was largely down to Carson Palmer, who was excellent in his return from a knee injury as he threw for 307 yards on 19 completions, and he had three touchdowns with no picks. Chicago held their own with Green Bay for most of the game before falling 31-23, and while it is encouraging, the Bears have a lot to work on as they look to avoid an 0-2 start.
Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -1.5 -105 at Pinnacle
This NFL odds has been jumping around all over the place, but still staying with Arizona, who opened as a 1.5-point favorite on the road, then it moved to -2, then to -1, then -1.5, then -2.5 and it is sitting at -2 for now, but don't be surprised if it moves again before kickoff. It seems to be a matter of bettors not knowing how good the Cardinals are, or how bad the Bears are because this Chicago team, especially Jay Cutler, can look like a college team at times, but is Arizona good enough to take advantage of it?
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Andre Ellington led the Cardinals with 69 yards and a touchdown, but he might be out with a knee injury, which will lead to more touches for Chris Johnson, who had 37 yards in his Arizona debut, and rookie David Johnson, who had a 55-yard touchdown reception. Guard Mike Iupati is getting closer to returning from knee surgery in the offseason, but he won't be returning this week. Also, keep an eye on Michael Floyd, who has a hand injury and caught just once pass for 18 yards against the Saints. He is likely to play, but he might not be very effective.
The Bears have three receivers with knocks as Eddie Royal (hip), Alshon Jeffery (calf) and Marquess Wilson (hamstring) are all questionable, but likely, and that could be bad news for Cutler, who needs all of the weapons he can get. That would put a ridiculous amount of pressure on Matt Forte, who ran for 141 yards and a score against the Packers while adding 25 yards through the air, and while we all know what Forte can do in the passing game, it would be nice to take some of the attention off him so he can remain fresh.
The Cardinals have crushed the spread recently, going 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games, including 4-2 in their last six and on the road, Arizona is 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10. Chicago is 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 overall and they're a little worse at home, going 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS.
Arizona is 4-6 SU and 4-4-1 against the Bears since 1982, splitting four trips to Chicago SU while both teams have a record of 1-1-1 ATS. Keep an eye on the total, which opened at 44.5 and is now at 45.5, as six of the last nine meetings between these two has gone over.
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