Matt Nagy and the Bears managed to shove all of the other kids off the top of the hill in the NFC North. But with a playoff berth clinched, are they going to take it easy on Sunday against the 49ers, or plow on in hopes of clinching a 1st round bye?
Leading online sportsbooks, Bovada, and Draft Kings have the Chicago Bears coming into Week 16 as -4 favorites. But as we alluded to in the lead-in, is this a trap situation for people who are looking to take action on the Bears?
Bears in the Bay
It could end up like the Golden Bears of old that would attack Northern California townfolk. The Chicago Bears are monsters on defense, waiting to devour opposing offenses. Not, in a calm manner either. Like, in a bite them on the top of the head and then violently shake them like a ragdoll kind of way.
The Bears Defense is:
● No. 2 in Yards Per Play
● No. 2 in Rushing Yards Per Play
● No. 3 in Total Score
● Top-10 in Passing Yards Allowed
The only area where the 49ers have really excelled is on the ground. They are No. 10 in rushing yards in the league, but No. 19 in scoring and passing and No. 20 in yards per play. So, the Bears defense should have a hay-day in the bay.
The Bears have been victorious in seven of their last eight games. They have also covered the point spread over that same period. However, the Niners seem to have the Bears number. They are only two and four overall against San Fran, and one and eight while playing in the Bay Area.
Will the 49ers be able to upset the Bears again? Apparently John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan don’t have any quit in them because all they have done over the last few games is destroy their draft opportunities. They could have finished as the worst in the league, but they went and won two straight. They broke the Broncos and clipped the Seahawks wings in Weeks 14 and 15.
The Niners rookie QB is playing phenomenally. He had a 110.6 QB rating against the Seachickens last week and a 102.1 rating against Denver. But will he have the same results when he is constantly getting pressured? Not only will the rookie get pressured, but he’s also going to get hit … a lot. If the Goff, Gurley and the Rams can’t score on the Bears, we have to seriously question the ability of the 49ers to do so.
Nick Mullens has played well, but he is going to make some rookie mistakes when faced with this tough Bears defense. On top of that, the Bears excel at taking away the one weapon that San Fransisco truly has: running the ball.
We should expect the 49ers to put forth a valient effort in front of the fans in Levi’s Stadium. They have gotten all for of their wins at home and kept their home-losses close. That said, this defense is just too much adversity and the Bears still have something to play for; getting past the Rams and into a first-round bye.
If you decide to bet on this game, you can find Chicago at -3.5 at a few shops. Take the Bears to cover the smaller number.