Betting Preseason Week 3: Undefeated Bears to Cover Plus ATS Odds vs. Bengals

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:19 PM GMT

Chicago Bears look to continue their winning form in the preseason when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Find out what NFL odds are on tap and where the value NFL picks are to be had.

Chicago Bears 2-0 SU In Preseason
The Chicago Bears are (dare we say it, surprisingly?) undefeated in the preseason, winning both their warm up engagements quite convincingly. They opened with a 21-10  win over the Miami Dolphins at home before overcoming the Indianapolis Colts 23-11 on the road, all while coming through as the 3-point road underdogs. All in all, they are 2-0 SU and ATS in the preseason, which includes scoring 50 points and conceding just 21 points.

On paper, things do appear to be looking up for the Chicago Bears, who are contained within a very competitive NFC North division that has been dominated by the Green Bay Packers in recent memory. Most impressively, the Bears defense hasn’t allowed opponents to score in the second half of both games so far. Is this the beginning of a respectable defense in Chicago?

It would be great if we could say John Fox’s arrival in the windy city has prompted a complete and utter turnaround from Jay Cutler, turning him into a decent quarterback and a true leader of the Bears. Sadly, though, that isn’t the case. Particularly week 2 NFL betting that saw backup Jimmy Clausen outplay Jay Cutler as he rallied the Bears to the 23-11 road win at Lucas Oil Stadium over the highly fancied Indianapolis Colts.

Cutler went 8-of-9 for 69 yards and he was sacked once. Clausen went 6-of-9 for 54 yards and a touchdown and one interception.

 

Bengals Stumbled To Buccaneers
Andy Dalton is notorious for blowing hot and cold from game to game and week 2 preseason action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was one such occasion as the Bengals succumbed to an embarrassing 25-11 loss, which marked the first home win by the Bucs in two seasons, preseason and regular season included. How’s that for a dubious honour: to be the team that gave the Bucs their first home win since 2013.

Andy Dalton was lacklustre in his account. Throwing two interceptions during a stretch of three pass attempts in the first half of the game. Overall, he finished 6-of-13 for 46 yards. Most concerning for Bengals fans, the offensive line was a mess. Dalton’s miscues were compounded further by a receiving core that was out of sync and running backs that had nowhere to go.

For some seasons now the Bengals have been touted as a tough group and, as such, potential contenders in the AFC. As it is, they are only so on paper. They are yet to truly transcend paper and take it to the field in a consistent manner.  

 

NFL Betting Verdict
Consider week 2’s embarrassment in Tampa Bay, the Bengals look out of sync and Andy Dalton appears to be wholly off form and off pace. That’s hardly a ringing endorsement for their NFL odds in week 3 preseason NFL betting as the home favourites.

Bengals enter as the 3-point home faves while the total is set to 42.5 at Bet365. The way the Bears have been playing thus far would suggest, though, that they might be the value NFL pick as the 3-point road underdogs. Bears are undefeated in two rounds of exhibition games and their defense has been quite solid by recent standards.

NFL Picks: Bears +3