NFL Picks: Bears vs. Raiders in Preseason Week 3

Jordan Sharp

Monday, August 19, 2013 6:37 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 6:37 PM GMT

In a short card for Friday night, the Bears head out to the west coast to play the Raiders for preseason Week 3.

The NFL odds are favoring the road Bears here at -3, with a total of 38.5. Which side of these NFL picks should we be focused on heading into the most important week of the NFL preseason?

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Week 2

The Bears got their first win of the preseason last week, as they held off the Chargers at home 33-28. However even though the Bears got the win both SU and ATS, they did not play particularly well with the 1st string in the game. Jay Cutler was shaky and the protection around him was still inconsistent. The Bears’ first offensive drive they had a fumble and lost nine yards in the series. They then followed that drive up with a seven play, 84-yard touchdown drive, which was highlighted by an excellent 58-yard rush by Matt Forte. Cutler finished his day soon after the 1st quarter whistle going 4/5 with 38 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

The Raiders lost in Week 2 of the preseason to the Saints, 28-20. The Saints sat on them early and never let them up for air, as Drew Brees and the offense rattled the Raiders’ poor defense. Even though they only had 185 yards of total offense in the game, the Raiders’ starters did get a score right before half time.

Lack of defense

When you think of the Bears, normally a strong defense comes to mind, but their preseason has been anything but strong. They have now given up 24 and 28 points in two consecutive weeks in the preseason, and the new front seven is looking vulnerable. On the other side of this game, the Raiders’ defense is atrocious as always, and the Bears’ new offense should have no trouble putting up points in this game.

However I also think the Raiders will be able to score some in this game too. The Bears are beatable, and they are going through a mini-defense change this summer after the coaching turnover. Combine that with having a new signal caller on defense as well, and you have a Bears’ defense that might need some time before it comes together. With that being said, even though the Raiders’ offense is questionable, I think the total in this game is just a bit too low.

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The Sharp Pick

Even though the trend on the ‘Over’ cashing this preseason has leveled off after Week 2, the ‘Over’ is still the most profitable play of the preseason going 18-12. With both teams giving up points this preseason, I could see the total going over 38.5. Even though the offenses are prone to mistakes, one interception can turn into points in this game. The Bears were one of the best in the NFL in pick-sixes last season, and I can almost bet that Cutler will turn the ball over at least once in this game. With this game being a dress rehearsal, I see points being scored. Take the ‘Over’ for your sports picks.

NFL Pick: Bet the Bears/Raiders game to go OVER 38 points, at Bet365

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