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NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts
August 19, 2023
The Chicago Bears enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason following a 23-17 win at home against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in week 1 of the NFL preseason.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts enter this game with a record of 0-1 in the NFL preseason following a 19-23 loss on the road in week 1 of the preseason against the Buffalo Bills.
BookMaker has the Indianapolis Colts listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Chicago Bears and has set the total for the over/under plays at 41 points. Will the Bears improve to 2-0 or will the Colts get their first win of the preseason? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.
Chicago Bears Team Preview
The Chicago Bears are 1-0 in the preseason following a 23-17 win at home against the Tennessee Titans in week 1 of the NFL preseason. The Bears are 1-0 ATS overall in the preseason this year.
Offensively, Chicago is averaging 23 points per game in the preseason this year. The Bears are averaging 337 total yards, 243 passing yards, and 100 rushing yards per game in the NFL preseason. Justin Fields leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 3 of 3 attempts for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Roschon Johnson leads the team in rushing with 12 carries for 44 yards while adding three receptions for two yards. D.J. Moore leads the team in receiving with one reception for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Bears are allowing an average of 17 points per game in the preseason. Chicago is allowing an average of 372 total yards, 274 passing yards, and 126 rushing yards per game in the NFL preseason.
Indianapolis Colts Team Preview
The Indianapolis Colts are 0-1 in the preseason following a 19-23 loss on the road in week 1 of the NFL preseason against the Buffalo Bills. The Colts are 0-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as an underdog this preseason.
Offensively, the Colts are averaging 19 points per game in the preseason. Indianapolis is averaging 289 total yards, 211 passing yards, and 96 rushing yards per game in the NFL preseason. Sam Ehlinger leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 8 of 9 attempts for 72 yards while adding ten rushing yards. Deon Jackson leads the team in rushing with six carries for 35 yards. Malik Turner leads the team in receiving in the preseason with four receptions for 48 yards.
Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing an average of 23 points per game in the NFL preseason. The Colts are allowing an average of 348 total yards, 294 passing yards, and 82 rushing yards per game in the preseason.
Series Trends and Game Pick
Indianapolis has won four of the last seven games in the series and has won by an average score of 25.14 to 22.57 while going 4-3 ATS in those matchups. The Colts have won two of the last three games in the series, however, the Bears have outscored the Colts by an average of 25 to 23 points per game while the Colts are 2-1 ATS in those contests.
The over has hit in four of the last seven games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 47.71 points per game in those contests. The over has hit in two of the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 48 points per game in those matchups.
Indianapolis has been the better team in the series, winning four of the last seven and two of the last three games. The Colts are 4-3 ATS in the last seven and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Indianapolis Colts -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: Indianapolis Colts -3
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