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Bears vs Falcons Odds - Falcons to get big win, national attention in primetime

Posted by D.J. Tomkins on 10/14/2009 3:29:10 PM
NFL sports linesThe Bears vs Falcons odds pits two emerging teams in the NFC. While the Chicago Bears have been getting a lot of press after winning three straight games, it’s the Falcons who should get some attention. With another win at home this week, online betting fans will have to start considering the Falcons as one of the teams to beat in the NFC.

Bears vs Falcons odds: Falcons -3.5

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Sunday, October 18th – 8:15 PM ET
  • WHERE: Georgiadome – Atlanta, GA
  • KEY STAT: 4-1 ATS and SU against last five NFC North opponents
  • PICK: Falcons -3.5, Over 45.5

Bears vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
Sportsbook odds makers have quickly taken notice of the Chicago Bears. It’s fairly clear that they’ree no longer the defensive juggernaut they used to be, but with quarterback Jay Cutler at the helm, the Bears can still win on any given week. The Bears are coming off a bye week and should be sharp.

The Falcons played surprisingly well last week in San Francisco, crushing the 49ers 45-10. It was an impressive performance by a team that many people thought was on the rise, but they appear to have already arrived. We’ll find out more as the challenge stiffens this week with Chicago in town.

Betting Edge: Even

Bears vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Bears offense has improved with Cutler running the show, but it’s clear that there are still many aspects lacking. The offensive line is weak, which has hampered the running game, and the receiving corps is very suspect. Cutler still makes this unit overachieve, but they aren’t that great overall.

Meanwhile, the Falcons may have one of the best units in the NFL. Matt Ryan is quietly emerging as a Pro Bowler. So far, he has seven touchdowns and two interceptions. His completion percentage is 66.6% and his quarterback rating is 102.9. With Michael Turner running and Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White catching, this is a very difficult unit to slow down - especially at home.

Betting Edge: Falcons

Bears vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Bears should have the better defense in this matchup, but without Brian Urlacher, there are some holes. Beyond Urlacher, both Piso Tinoisamoa and Hunter Hillenmeyer are also expected to miss this contest, which means that this unit might get worked. They have some real questions to answer after their bye week. In the week before, the Detroit Lions were walking up and down the field on them.

For Atlanta, their defense stepped up big time last week, stifling the 49ers. Granted, San Francisco was without their best weapon, Frank Gore, but it was still an impressive performance on the road. There are a lot of new parts on this defense but the Falcons are getting better week by week. As long as end John Abraham is healthy, this is going to be an above average unit.

Betting Edge: Even

Bears vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Both teams are relatively healthy for this game but the Bears have two linebackers (Hillenmeyer and Tinoisamoa) who are questionable for this game. If they don’t play, the Falcons should have a much easier time running the ball.

Betting Edge: Falcons

Bears vs Falcons odds for total: 45.5
The Bears are an offensive-minded team and their defense has deteriorated. That means they’re going to be scoring, and they are going to give up their share of points as well. The Falcons have averaged 25.5 points per game this year while the Bears average is at 26.25.

Pick: Over 45.5

Bears vs Falcons betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
NFL betting fans should expect to see a very focused effort from the Falcons this week. This will be their first prime time game in a long time and they are ready to put on a show. This is a team that has vastly improved and won’t lose at home to the Bears.

DJ’S PICK: Falcons -3.5

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D.J. Tomkins is one of's NFL experts.



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