Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks – Friday, Aug. 22
Current BAS’ Line: Seattle -7 and the total is 45
The Chicago Bears will try and remain perfect through the first three weeks of the 2014 NFL preseason this Friday night when they travel to Seattle to tangle with the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. This game is set to get underway at 10 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on the NFL Network. BetAnySports has opened Seattle as a seven-point favorite with the total set at 44.
The Bears out-gunned Philadelphia 35-28 in their first preseason game as 1.5-point home favorites and last Thursday night they snuck past Jacksonville 20-19 as three-point favorites at home. The total went OVER against the Eagles, but it stayed UNDER the 42-point closing line against the Jaguars.
Chicago boasted one of the best scoring offenses in the league last season behind quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receivers’ Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and it recently signed Santonio Holmes to try and make the roster as the No. 3 receiver. Defensively, the Bears were statistically one of the worst teams in the league in 2013, but with some free agent acquisitions and a strong draft, second-year head coach Marc Trestman is looking for some solid improvement from this unit in 2014.
The Seahawks had no problem keeping opponents off the scoreboard last season with the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL in both points and yards allowed. So far in the preseason, this unit has allowed a total of 35 points in a 21-16 loss to Denver as one-point road favorites in Week 1 followed by a 41-14 rout of San Diego as 65-point favorites at last Friday night. The total stayed UNDER against the Broncos, but it easily went OVER BetAnySports’ 39-point total line for the game against the Chargers.
Seattle appears to be in mid-season form through these first two games, but the starters have seen limited action so far. Quarterback Russell Wilson was especially sharp against San Diego with scoring drives in his only four possessions of the game. Look for head coach Pete Carroll to play the starters into the second half this Friday night in the team’s final dress rehearsal for its season opener against Green Bay on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Seattle rarely loses at home even if it just the preseason. The Bears have not looked bad in their first two games, but they will have a tough time putting points on the board against a much better defense than they faced so far. Give the seven points on BetAnySports spread in this one as the Seahawks once again cover at home.
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