Market Moves: Bears look enticing off bye week as short home favorite

If you viewed the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears as stocks, it would be easy to say they are moving in opposite directions. The Saints are a perfect 4-and-0 with Teddy Bridgewater at starting quarterback. Meanwhile, the up-and-down Bears were last seen losing to the Raiders in London.

Matt Nagy’s predictable running game and lack of downfield passing attempts have been a serious cause for concern. Of course, these things are fixable with time and repetition. Luckily, the Bears have had plenty of both since flying back to America.

Add in the news that Mitch Trubisky should be good to go and you have the makings of a strong situational spot.

Heading into Sunday’s showdown at Soldier Field, the market is dealing Chicago -3 pretty much across the board. The Westgate SuperBook opened -3 and a few shops climbed as high as -4 before the eventual buy back.

Sure, Bridgewater has been serviceable, but he’ll need to be very good to beat this Bears defense on the lakefront. This is a too good of a price for a solid team at home off the bye.


The Bills are now laying 17 points to the Dolphins in Orchard Park. Alrighty then.

Speaking of the Bills, they’re tied with the 49ers and Lions (all 4-1 ATS) for best record against the spread. Buffalo is also a perfect 5-and-0 to the Under this season.

Sharp money is showing on Tennessee after their quarterback change. The Westgate SuperBook opened the Titans as a PK against the Chargers. The Fighting Tannehills are now -2.5 after sizable wise guy support.

Our favorite college football team is back to a position of strength. We backed Baylor as an underdog against Iowa State and Kansas State. Then we knew the Bears were way too overrated last weekend laying 11 at home to Texas Tech. Getting four points with Matt Rhule against Oklahoma State? Done.

Not many people are expecting stops at The Palouse. Circa Sports opened the Wazzou-Colorado total at 69 — it’s now as high as 72.

Would you rather bet Alabama +100 to win the SEC or Ohio State +150 to win the Big Ten? Those are the latest conference championship odds in the global markets. The odds indicate that Alabama has an easier road, but how do you ignore that price on the Buckeyes? Nobody is beating them in Indianapolis.

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