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How To Bet On Bears Jaguars – Bears Try To Put Together Two Straight Solid Games

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/3/2012 6:52:27 PM

The Chicago Bears have won two consecutive games, but they didn't play well in the first of those two contests. They'll try to produce a crisp and polished effort this weekend in Florida.

Chicago Bears @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, October 7    
Betting line: Chicago -5.5

Why Chicago Will Win

The online sports betting legal community has to be impressed with the Bears' defense. It is a little bit older, and a number of NFL analysts had to think before the season started that Chicago would need more from its offense. However, the Bears won in Dallas on Monday Night Football because of their defense. It intercepted Dallas quarterback Tony Romo five times, taking two of those picks to the house for touchdowns. Chicago's defense directly scored 14 of the Bears' 34 points against the Cowboys while setting up more scores as well. It has to be a profound source of confidence for this team that its defense is doing so much of the heavy lifting.

The offense has not reached top gear yet, which means that the Bears – though winning – still have so much room for improvement. This is a great sign after just four weeks of the NFL season. This is a good team that's getting better, a team that did not play well in its week-three win over St. Louis and can therefore say that it has not played two great back-to-back games in 2012. This contest against Jacksonville can mark the first time the Bears stack one great performance on top of another.

A second big reason to favor Chicago in this contest is that the Jacksonville Jaguars are not very good. One win on an improbable last-minute touchdown pass against the Indianapolis Colts clearly did not transform the Jags, who were thoroughly contained in a not-very-close 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals this past weekend. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert shows very few signs of becoming a next-level NFL signal caller. The Jaguars do not have the receivers on the edges that scare opposing defenses. Chicago's defense should be able to smother Jacksonville's offense this week. There just aren't many places the Jaguars can turn to against the Bears.

Why Jacksonville Will Win

When football betting pundits assess this interconference matchup, they will immediately point out that Chicago's offense really hasn't done that much this season, especially in the Bears' last two wins. Chicago led St. Louis by a paltry 13-6 score in the fourth quarter of a week-three contest, and won by a 23-6 margin only because of a pick-six produced by the team's defense. In Monday's week-four win over Dallas, the Bears gained a 24-7 lead late in the third quarter not because of the offense, which scored 10 of those 24 points, but because of the defense, which scored 14 of those points. The calculus is clear: If Chicago doesn’t get turnovers, it doesn't score points. Jacksonville can win this game if it wins the turnover battle.

Who Will Win

It’s possible that erratic Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler will implode, giving the Jaguars a great chance to win, but the Jaguars don't seem to have enough talent or depth on defense to truly rattle Cutler. The matchup between Jacksonville's offense and Chicago's defense is a mismatch. The Bears should win this game handily.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Chicago


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